October 2009 Students of the Month

Charity: Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

Bryan Shamasko
Industrial Technology

Bryan Shamasko has been chosen by the Industrial Technology Department as the Freshman Student of the Month. Bryan’s teachers note that he has handled himself in a hard working, professional manner from the first day of school. He lists Orientation to Industrial Technology, Exploring Technology and Algebra II as his favorite courses, and his performance in the area of drafting has far exceeded his teacher’s expectations. An honor roll student as a middle schooler, Bryan plans to play basketball, and is already involved in Student Council, as well as the Bass Fishing Club, Foreign Language Club and Photo Club. Someday, he hopes to become a mechanical engineer. In his free time, Bryan enjoys wakeboarding, biking, playing the guitar and spending time with friends.

Matt Nilles

The Mathematics Department selected Matt Nilles as the Sophomore Student of the Month. Matt lists Accelerated Pre-Calculus Honors, Honors Physics and Art II as his favorite courses. His instructors are impressed in the manner in which he analyzes each question before providing an answer. A high honor roll student and Principal’s High Honor award winner, he shows the same type of care as a member of the school’s state-qualifying Mathletes squad, on which he competes as an oralist. Matt is also involved in the Foreign Language Club and Robotics Club, and played in the Lemont Little League for 10 years. He hopes to attend college and major in engineering. In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing the guitar and drums, as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Tess Dziallo

Tess Dziallo was tabbed by the Art Department as the Junior Student of the Month. Describe as an exceptionally talented artist, her teachers point out that her creativity and willingness to go above and beyond make her a pleasure to have in class. An honor roll student, Tess lists English and her drawing independent study as her favorite courses. Her teachers also note that not only is she a hard worker, but she also takes pride in each project that she is assigned. In the future, she plans on attending the College of DuPage and pursuing a career as either a graphic designer, comic book artist or cartoonist. Tess already works independently to write and illustrate her own comic books. Also in her spare time, she enjoys drawing and playing video games.

Katie Newton
Special Education

The Special Education Department picked Katie Newton as the Senior Student of the Month. Recommended by a majority of teachers in the department, Katie is an honor roll student who has consistently improved her academic skills during her tenure in high school. She lists Food Preparation and Science and Mathematics classes among her favorite courses. Her teachers note that she worked hard to overcome obstacles in learning new skills, and that she has become a mentor to younger students. Involved in the Art Club and an award-winning Girl Scout, Katie has participated in several environmental activities, ranging from a river sweep to Earth Day projects. Katie hopes to attend the University of Illinois and study herbology and horticulture. In her free time, she enjoys playing X-Box and participating in the Girl Scouts. She also enjoys sewing, and has created quilts that have been sent to needy families overseas.