November 2010 Students of the Month
Charity: Prevent Child Abuse - Illinois
The Music Department selected Alex Albrecht as the Freshman Student of the Month. Described by her instructors as a leader among her peers, Alex lists Concert Band, Marching Band, and Drawing & Design as her favorite courses. Though still in her first semester, she has excelled in both the playing and marching aspects of the Marching Band. She exhibits a great personality and demonstrates a “get it done” philosophy that serves her well, both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities. Alex is a member of both Mission Possible and Community Service for Everyone (CSFE). A former spelling bee champion, she was a high honor roll student in middle school. She notes it’s too early to determine her future plans, but she plans on taking classes she enjoys. She enjoys drawing, reading, and volunteering with environmental activities.
Brittany Sidenstick was tabbed as the Sophomore Student of the Month by the English Department. Brittany, who notes her favorite classes are English II and Algebra II, is held up as one of the finest success stories of the school’s Academic Mastery Program. Her teachers marvel at the way she has overcome obstacles to transform herself from a struggling student to one who is successful. Thanks to her perseverance, she is on track to receive straight A’s this semester. She goes the extra mile to complete her work with detail, organization and support, and volunteers to help her classmates when they need assistance. An active member of the Color Guard and Marching Band, Brittany hopes to attend Miami University in Ohio, with a goal of becoming a nurse or an accountant. She enjoys playing soccer in her spare time.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center picked Stephanie Johncock as the Junior Student of the Month. Stephanie says that Art I is her favorite course because she enjoys being able to express herself, though she also notes that she enjoys English. She is described as a shining example of success, as she has risen to a high level of achievement in the classroom after getting off to a slow start academically early in high school. She is conscientious about her classwork, and demonstrates a positive attitude that her peers respect. After she graduates from high school, she plans on attending college and becoming a nurse, ultimately hoping to work in a neonatal unit. Stephanie babysits and works at Downers Delight, and in her spare time, she enjoys shopping, going to the mall, and spending time with her boyfriend.
Nicole Montalbano was named as the Senior Student of the Month by the Science Department. A high honor roll student, Nicole is currently enrolled in three Science courses, and lists AP Chemistry and AP Biology as her favorites because of the challenge they provide. Her teachers applaud the jump she’s made to Advanced Placement courses this year, and note that she will graduate with eight credits in Science. She is enthusiastic, easy to work with, and asks conceptual questions that are important in the bigger picture of her education. Nicole rides horses competitively, has been involved in student government both as a class representative and as a member of the Student Council, and is a member of the Foreign Language Club. She hopes to attend either Auburn University, the University of Kentucky or the University of Illinois, and will major in equine science. She volunteers at the Hinsdale Humane Society and hangs out with friends in her spare time.