May 2021 Students of the Month
Charity: Hope & Friendship Foundation
The Health Department tabbed Andrew Kiel as the Freshman Student of the Month. Andrew is a high honor roll performer who enjoys classes in engineering and business. Described as a stellar student with great self-discipline, his teachers note he is a pleasure to have in class. In times when student engagement can be challenging, Andrew is a consistent participant. He is involved in the school newspaper and is a member of the boys’ lacrosse program. Andrew was valedictorian of his class as an eighth grader and participated in the Junior National Student Leadership Conference. He plans on attending college and studying economics, entrepreneurship or engineering. Andrew works at a bike shop and assists in his parents’ real estate business, and likes working out, 3D printing and 3D designing, and spending time with friends.
Emily Galassi was selected as the Sophomore Student of the Month by the Driver Education Department. An honor roll student, Emily states her favorite class is Spanish II. She is a member of Student Council as well as both the sideline poms and competitive dance teams, and is proud of upping her level in dance. Emily is described by her instructors as an outstanding person who works both in and out of the classroom to be the best student she can be. She is an outstanding contributor to class discussions, and often is the one who sparks the conversation. Her leadership and positive personality make class enjoyable, both for her teachers and her peers. In the future, Emily hopes to help people however she can, and plans to pursue a career as a psychologist. In her free time, she enjoys babysitting and tutoring.
The Special Education Department cited Sarah Galassi as the Junior Student of the Month. Sarah is a high honor roll student whose favorite classes include International Cooking and Child Development. She is described as a self-starter who is willing to help others. Her genuine demeanor carries over in her empathy, which is evident when she is peer mentoring LIFE students in the Coffee House. She is an advocate both for herself and her peers, and has developed solid problem solving abilities. Sarah is a member of the badminton program and Student Council, and also earned induction to the National Honor Society. Her future plans include graduating from college and becoming a nutritionist or health teacher. Sarah loves working out and hanging out with friends, and works at Wooden Paddle.
Leah Pengiel was named the Senior Student of the Month by the Student Services Department. A high honor roll student, Leah’s favorite classes include AP Literature & Composition, AP Psychology and Advanced Baking. She is involved in a host of activities, participating in choir, the school musical, Student Council, Health Occupations Student Association, and serving as Drama Club President. Leah also has earned induction to six honor societies. She is applauded for being active in her school community, and is particularly welcoming to new students. Her peer-to-peer mentoring has assisted at-risk, struggling underclassmen. Leah has received a presidential scholarship and music scholarship to Augustana College, where she has earned direct admission into the masters program for speech pathology. She enjoys journaling and spending time with family and friends, and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Ryman in Nashville, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.