Student of the Week

Photo by Kim Rabe

Seth Dirks was the last of this year’s fourth grade class to serve as Student of the Week. His display included the flag from his grandfather’s funeral, some trophies and medals, and several photos and keepsakes.

Seth Hunter Dirks was the last fourth grade student in Jody Munsterman’s classroom at Crescent City Grade School to serve as student of the week. He is the son of Scott, a lineman for Ameren IL, and Becky, a fitness instructor, with an older sister, Mallary. His nickname is “Dirksy,” which came from “my baseball coach.” The family also includes a dog and a fish.

Seth enjoys hunting. His display area included lots of keepsakes and mementos from his lifetime: a photo of a deer he shot, trophies, photographs and baseballs. Of special interest to his classmates was a memory box filled with keepsakes. The memory box (suitcase) was made for him by his grandmother, Lonnie Dirks, for Christmas. Another special treasure was the flag from the funeral of his Grandpa Pap Eckard of Pennsylvania. Grandpa had served in the military and passed away this past April.

He is a member of the 4th grade beginning band, playing trumpet, and he enjoys baseball and soccer. His list of friends includes: Blake, Hunter, Adin, Cooper, Braden, Hixon, Fin, Ty, Madix, Juston (also known as JYD), Collin and Skyler. His favorite book is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” his favorite author is Jeff Kinney, his favorite colors are green and blue, he likes math and his favorite animals are bunnies.

His favorite food is pizza, Mrs. M is his favorite teacher, he likes listening to Kenny Chesney and his favorite song is “When It Rains It Pours.” He likes wearing his “House of Sports” shirt, Christmas is his favorite holiday, Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs is his favorite athlete and “Chicago Fire” is his favorite television program.

As a child, his favorite toy was “my little derby truck” which he got from Blake Ritzma.

He said the best US President, in his opinion, was “Abraham Lincoln because he is cool.” If he could nominate anyone for the US presidency, it would be “Blake (Ritzma) because he is my best friend.” He would consider running for president beause “there would be no school and I would make Mountain Dew ponds.” As president, he would help “homeless people … I would get all the homeless people houses.”

For fourth grade, the most important lessons he has learned are “how to divide and multiply.” He hopes CCGS will keep 8th grade graduation and the best part of 4th grade is Mrs. M because “she is really nice.” The one thing which could make 4th grade better would be “no homework.” Seth is looking forward to junior high as “I will have boys in my class.” (Seth, for the most part of his time at CCGS, has been the only boy in his class). He thinks he’ll attend Watseka Community High School because “my sister went there.”

For now, Seth is not thinking about going to college. He hopes to end up living in Texas or Kentucky. He likes Texas “because there’s desert areas” and he likes Kentucky because “it’s kindda hilly and I hunted deer there.” He plans to be a lineman “like my Dad.”

He says his biggest inspiration comes from Chicago Cubs player Anthony Rizzo: “I want to be a baseball player like him.” Twenty years from now he envisions living an “amazing” life.

The cartoon character he chose to best describe himself is “Henry Danger because if someone is hurt I will help them.” The super hero he would be if he could is “Speedy Gonzales” and he would use his super power “to run as fast as I can.”

If he could give a live presentation on television to the entire United States his topic would be “baseball because it is my favorite sport.”

Words he learned from a relative which have a special meaning to him are “magnificent belly” – “my Grandpa that died used to say that.”

Seth’s birthday is in August and his idea of the perfect birthday would be “to get a phone and have a 4-wheeler.” His preferred cake is chocolate and his favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip. His most memorable birthday gift was a bike. The one gift he has wanted for a while is “a phone.”

His pet peeve is “when I’m sleeping and my dog barks.”

To improve school, he would have “no homework” and to improve Crescent City he would add a Walmart. His suggestion to make the world a better place is “have stores in every town. That way your kids don’t have to go with you to Watseka.”

To him, the best piece of technology he gets to enjoy is the “PS4 because when you’re bored you can play it.” The luckiest person in the world is “The President because he has a big house.” If he could switch places with anyone it would be “the President – that way I can play baseball in the house.”

His favorite memories at CCGS are “the field trips – all of them.” To him, the dumbest rule he has ever heard of is “no running in the hallways.”

Seth is a second-generation student and Mrs. Munsterman liked reflecting on the time she had with Seth and his Dad. Here’s what she had to say: “Seth is a great kid! He wears a genuine smile in class and works hard. He is the only boy in a female-dominated classroom. He rolls with the punches and doles out the comments of camaraderie to his classmates and me. He is liked by all his peers.”

She continued, “Seth is a second-generation student for me. His Dad, Scott, was in my first 5th grade class at Crescent City. I was young, recently married and hired at CCGS for a year while the teacher took a year of leave. Seth has continued the fun-loving legacy of his dad and grandpa twice during this school year. In the fall of 1983, Scott brought a brown paper grocery bag to school as a present for me, compliments of his father, Bill. Fortunately, I had been tipped off before school by another fifth grade student, ‘Don’t look Mrs. M! Don’t look!’ When Scott saw me that morning, he had a brown paper grocery bag in his hand, presented the bag to me, and proudly stated ‘My Dad said to give this to you, Mrs. M.’ As I had already been tipped off, I didn’t display the expected hysteria. Inside the bag was a dead mole upside down. I went home that day, not really knowing how to interpret such a gift. I told my ‘new’ husband about the gift and he laughed, ‘That’s Bill! He is always pulling off a prank. I think that’s his way of welcoming you to Crescent City’.”

Mrs. M finished recalling the story: “Seth arrived the first day of school last fall with a brown paper bag in his hand as a gift to me. At Christmas time he brought me another bag with a red bow. Inside the bag was a mole upside down – not a dead authentic mole, rather a stuffed animal mole. We all had a good laugh! The apple didn’t fall far from the tree! I am blessed to have Seth as a second-generation student and like his Dad, Seth makes me smile every day!”