October 2020 Students of the Month
Charity: Lemont High School's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
Family & Consumer Sciences
Leila Rexhepi was named the Freshman Student of the Month by the Family & Consumer Sciences Department. Leila’s favorite classes include English I Honors and Family & Consumer Sciences Survey, and she also is looking forward to taking Human Rights & World Affairs. She was a member of the girls’ golf program this fall, and also has joined the Drama Club. Leila has made a tremendous effort to connect during remote learning, and often stays on class calls to ask clarifying questions, provide helpful feedback, or offer information that can expand upon the lesson. She sees the value in applying coursework to real life, and takes interest in the well being of her peers and teachers. In the future, Leila hopes to travel and participate in human rights projects. She enjoys art, golf, baking and cooking.
The World Languages Department tabbed Neha Samuel as the Sophomore Student of the Month. A high honor roll student, Neha counts Cinema Studies, Introduction to Digital Art and English II Honors among her most enjoyable classes. She is a member of both the Speech Team and Anime Club, and also has been involved in the choral program. Neha has earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and a black belt in taekwondo, and painted “The Quarryman’s Wings” mural in town. Her teachers note she adapted perfectly to remote learning, volunteering to share information and take leadership roles both in break out groups and the class at-large. She plans on pursuing a career as a human rights lawyer. Neha enjoys drawing, painting, acting, embroidery and creative writing.
Amanda Lopykinski was cited as the Junior Student of the Month by the Art Department. A high honor roll performer, Amanda enjoys science-related classes, as well as Drawing & Painting III and Introduction to Teaching. She is a two-time class representative, a member of both the Science National Honor Society and Interact, and plays United States Tennis Association events year-round. As a freshman, she earned first-team all-state honors thanks to her effort at the IHSA State Finals. In the classroom, Amanda seeks improvement by listening to critiques and putting them to use. She takes on new challenges head on, and her work reflects that commitment. Amanda plans to pursue a degree in secondary education and play tennis in college. She likes hanging out with friends and family, drawing, painting and music.
The Physical Education Department selected Paige Connolly as the Senior Student of the Month. Paige is a high honor roll student who enjoys Athletic Performance, Forensic Science, and any science classes. She is heavily involved in extra-curricular activities, including girls’ volleyball, Link Crew and Student Council. She also is a National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society inductee, and serves on the board of the Health Occupations Student Association. Paige excels in Athletic Performance, leveraging her work ethic and focus to become a stronger, faster athlete. She sets the tone for her peers and is a technician with the lifts done in class. Paige plans on pursuing studies in pre-physical therapy and playing college volleyball, and someday hopes to live in Colorado. In her free time, she works at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm and enjoys volunteering, listening to music, spending time with friends, skiing and going to concerts.