November 2022 Students of the Month
Charity: PFLAG Chapter of Lockport/Homer Glen
The Science Department selected Kelsey Gottardo as the Freshman Student of the Month. Kelsey says that she most enjoys science and math classes. A member of both the state runner-up Marching Band and Honors Symphonic Band, she also has jumped into being involved in Mathletes and Interact Club during her first semester, and helped the girls’ swimming program to a conference championship. Kelsey already has emerged as a classroom leader with her willingness to participate, set examples, and communicate. She also enhances the classroom learning environment by working well with her peers. Kelsey plans on pursuing a degree in engineering when she attends college. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and spending time with family and friends.
Layla Topete was tabbed as the Sophomore Student of the Month by the Business Department. A high honor roll student, Layla lists Spanish II Honors and Business Law as her favorite classes. Winner of the Illinois Principals Association award in middle school, she stands out among her peers as one of the most engaged students in class. She consistently asks intriguing and thoughtful questions, exudes a high level of maturity, and comes to class eager to learn. Layla is very inquisitive and yearns for knowledge. She hopes to become a fashion designer and wants to travel the world to experience different cultures. Layla already is a small business owner, works part-time at a local bookstore, and does social media on behalf of a local author. She loves sewing, fashion, thrifting, and spending time with her family.
The Mathematics Department named Anthony Scruggs as the Junior Student of the Month. Anthony is a high honor roll student who most enjoys classes in the areas of math, science and business. A member of Mathletes, Junior Achievement, and the Investment Club, he also plays baseball and has earned induction to the Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and the National Honor Society. Possessing a natural mathematical ability that allows him to fully understand difficult concepts, Anthony has an incredible work ethic and has no problem tackling challenging material. He is willing to assist his peers so that they can gain an understanding of the material as well. Anthony plans to pursue studies in either business or engineering in college, and likes to play sports and hang out with his family and friends.
Suzie Knutte was cited as the Senior Student of the Month by the Music Department. Suzie is a high honor roll student who most enjoys Marching Band and Honors Jazz Band. A well-rounded student who excels academically, musically and athletically, she served as a section leader in the state runner-up marching band this fall, and was an all-state soccer player last spring after scoring a team-leading 27 goals. Suzie has earned induction to the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and Rho Kappa. Named Lemont’s 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, she plays trumpet in three of the school’s bands and teaches lessons for beginning trumpet players. Suzie has a strong work ethic and a drive to bring people together. She hopes to continue her music career in college while also studying biomedical engineering. She serves as a youth soccer coach and enjoys weightlifting and soccer.