October 2023 Students of the Month
Charity: Lemont Art & Culture Commission
Hailey St. Hilaire
Family & Consumer Sciences
The Family & Consumer Sciences Department selected Hailey St. Hilaire as the Freshman Student of the Month. Hailey states her favorite classes include Family & Consumer Sciences Survey, English I, and Spanish I. Though she is early in her high school career, she already is involved in multiple activities, including Student Council and Yearbook Club. She also has been selected to participate on the Principal’s Student Advisory Committee. Hailey’s teachers applaud her participation in classroom discussions and high quality work, and also note she is respectful, creative, and a positive leader among her peers. Hailey is unsure of her future plans, but knows she wants to continue her education in college. As a middle schooler, Hailey won Old Quarry’s Warrior Legacy Award and Encore Award.
Sonia Strzalka was tabbed as the Sophomore Student of the Month by the World Languages Department. Sonia is a high honor roll student who most enjoys Stage Production, English II Honors, and Chemistry Honors. She was a member of the girls’ track and field team as a freshman, competing in the discus throw and shot put. She also has contributed to theater productions, was a member of the Mathletes team, and served as a class officer. Although she can be quiet, Sonia stands out with her willingness to work hard, help her peers, and tackle challenging material. She assists classmates who may be struggling, and does so with humility and kindness. She hopes to pursue a career as a teacher. In her free time, Sonia enjoys crocheting, music (including playing the accordion), and spending time at the quarries at The Forge.
The Art Department cited Jenna McCleary as the Junior Student of the Month. A high honor roll performer, Jenna’s favorite class this year is Drawing & Painting III, because she enjoys utilizing her creative side and demonstrating her artistic ability. Her teachers note she creates beautiful work, and that she consistently pushes herself to improve and grow as an artist. Jenna’s compositions, techniques and creations are extraordinary, and she inspires classmates with her talents and hard work. Jenna has been a member of the Art Club and the National Art Honor Society, and has had work featured in The Spark literary magazine and Gallery 306. She plans to attend college and major in art and political science. In her spare time, Jenna likes drawing, making videos, and watching educational videos.
Michael Leonard was named the Senior Student of the Month by the Physical Education Department. Michael has earned high honor roll recognition. He lists Business Law as his favorite class because he is interested in both business topics and content related to the law. His teachers state that Michael is a joy to have in class. He consistently shows up to class prepared, and always participates to the best of his abilities, regardless of the activity. He is described as a natural leader, and is very respectful of classmates and teachers alike. Michael hopes to major in business in college, and may pursue postgraduate studies at law school. He works as a lifeguard at the Lemont Park District and likes to work out.