February 2019 Students of the Month

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Natalia Ciesla

Natalia Ciesla was selected as the Freshman Student of the Month by the Art Department. Natalia is a high honor roll student whose favorite classes include Introduction to Drawing & Painting, Biology Honors and Spanish I. Natalia earned a spot on the school’s varsity dance team as a freshman, and is active in the Allegro Dance Academy. She has a fantastic gift for drawing and a great eye for detail. Her classmates look up to her as an artist, and she already has had her works displayed in classrooms, hallways and GALLERY 306. Natalia also is described as a leader who offers advice and critique to help others in class. After high school graduation, she plans on attending college. In her free time, Natalia loves to draw, enjoys playing the piano, and serves as a babysitter.

Brendan Neale
Physical Education
The Physical Education Department cited Brendan Neale as the Sophomore Student of the Month. An honor roll performer, Brendan lists AP World History as his favorite class because he is intrigued about past events. Brendan is a member of the boys’ soccer program and also plays travel soccer. His teachers note he works hard on a daily basis in order to improve himself. Brendan asks the appropriate questions to gain knowledge and never hesitates to help others in class. Whenever something is needed in class, he is happy to volunteer. After graduating from high school, he plans on continuing his studies in college and pursuing a degree in marine biology. In his spare time, Brendan plays soccer as much as he can, works out, and volunteers at a dog rescue.

Tygar TeSelle
Family & Consumer Sciences

Tygar TeSelle was named the Junior Student of the Month by the Family & Consumer Sciences Department. Tygar is a high honor roll student whose interests include kinesiology and sports and exercise science. A member of the school’s track and field team for three seasons, he also has been named to the Homecoming Court and is a Mr. LHS candidate. Tygar’s teachers applaud him for showing exemplary respect and leadership. Extremely well rounded, he handles challenges with grace and demonstrates excellent problem solving skills. When asked about his future, Tygar replied that it’s not about what you want to do in life, but who you want to be... and he wants to serve people and be loving, kind and generous. He serves as a swim instructor and lifeguard, and also works at 3 Corners Grill & Tap.

James Tauer
World Languages

The World Languages Department tabbed James Tauer as the Senior Student of the Month. A high honor roll student, James says he most enjoys Spanish IV Honors, AP Calculus BC, AP Macroeconomics, and serving as an aide in Adaptive Physical Education. Described as a standout student, James consistently displays the positive attitude and focus needed to succeed. He is a model student who helps set the tone for a positive, encouraging classroom culture, and helps others by modeling a growth mindset. James is a four-year member of both the baseball and football programs, and also earned induction into the National Honor Society. He is an Illinois State Scholar, as well as an Academic All-State honoree in football. He earned a baseball scholarship to Triton College, and looks forward to studying Spanish and engineering in college. James enjoys fishing trips to northern Wisconsin with his cousins.