October 2017 Students of the Month

Charity: St. Jude's Children's Hospital

Mary Kate Arundel
Family & Consumer Sciences

Mary Kate Arundel was selected as the Freshman Student of the Month by the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. Mary Kate states that her favorite classes include Introduction to Digital Art, French I and English I Honors. She was part of the school’s girls’ volleyball program this fall and plans on playing club volleyball this winter. At Old Quarry Middle School, she received both the Warrior Citizen of the Year Award and the Social Studies Award and was a high honor roll student. Mary Kate has made a great impression in her short time on campus by being an active participant in class, turning in exemplary work, and collaborating with her classmates. Her short-term goals include earning a 4.0 GPA as a freshman. Mary Kate enjoys playing volleyball, hanging out with her friends and family, and playing on her phone.

Tyler Filippini
World Languages

The World Languages Department tabbed Tyler Filippini as the Sophomore Student of the Month. Tyler is a high honor roll student who most enjoys AP Physics I and the other science classes that the school offers. His teachers note that he is helpful to others in class, engaged and motivated to learn, respectful to both classmates and teachers, and a diligent learner. A two-year member of the school’s football program, Tyler also is part of the baseball program and plays travel baseball for the Illinois Hitmen. He hopes to enter the medical field, possibly as an anesthesiologist, and lists Northwestern University and Miami (Ohio) University as potential college destinations. When not doing homework, he likes to spend time with his family and friends in his spare time.

Julia Popper

Julia Popper was cited as the Junior Student of the Month by the Art Department. Julia is a high honor roll student who most enjoys classes in the Art Department. A member of the school’s state-qualifying Dance team, she also is part of the school’s Color Guard. Her teachers note that she excels in all media, but that her drawing technique and attention to detail are most impressive. She was placed in more advanced art classes as a freshman because of her exceptional talent, and her work has been featured on campus and in “The Spark” literary magazine. Julia not only works hard, but she is helpful to her classmates. She hopes to pursue a career in art, whether in graphic design or as an art teacher. Julia’s spare time usually is dedicated to refining her artistic talents or participating in dance.

McKenna Gardner
Physical Education

The Physical Education Department picked McKenna Gardner as the Senior Student of the Month. A high honor roll student, McKenna has most enjoyed AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology Honors and the P.E. Leadership program. Her teachers applaud her for her willingness to help out other students who may have questions or difficulty completing tasks. She treats everyone with respect and comes prepared on a daily basis. A member of the Student Council, McKenna is a National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta inductee, and plays travel soccer for Chicago Inter. She is excited for the opportunity to play soccer at Georgia State University, and someday hopes to attend medical school and become an ophthalmologist. In her free time, McKenna enjoys drawing, working out, and hanging out with family and friends.