Kankakee Valley High School May Students of the Month

KVPN/Cheri Shelhart

The May KVHS Students of the Month are recognized at the KV/DeMotte Rotary Club on Monday, May 13.

Business/FACS: Drew Crim

The KVHS Family and Consumer Science department would like to recognize Drew Crim as the May Student of the Month. Drew is a senior and is currently taking Education Professions with plans to become a high school Social Studies teacher. Drew is a dedicated student who strives to do well in everything he does. His work is always thorough and on time with attention to detail. In addition to this, he positively contributes to classroom discussion. It is without reservation that I nominate Drew as a candidate for Student of the Month.

Fine Arts: Vanessa Villalpando

The Fine Arts Department would like to recognize Vanessa Villalpando for the May Student of the Month. Vanessa is one of our top performers in the music department since her arrival. Vanessa has performing on different instruments, and in nearly every ensemble we have had to offer at the high school. During the concert season Vanessa can be found performing on oboe for the advanced band. During the fall season Vanessa has been a part of the marching drum line since coming in as a freshman. She is began her Drum line career as a cymbal player and worked her way up to becoming one of the top tenor drums or quads players we have had in years. She has also represented KVSC at numerous IBA (Indiana Bandmasters Association) and ISU (Indiana State University) All Star honor bands. Vanessa has been a standout in other classes as well. Vanessa plans to major in neuroscience at the University of Notre Dame this fall for her undergraduate work, and wherever Vanessa lands after college, her other teachers and I know she will continue represent us here at KV in a positive light! We are proud to recognize Vanessa Villalpando as our Fine Arts Student of the Month.

Foreign Language: Kaylee Bogunovich

It is a pleasure to recommend Kaylee Bogunovich for student of the month. Kaylee has a genuine interest in learning French. As a freshman, she uses the language as much as possible during class. She works diligently during class and goes above and beyond to keep learning even outside of the classroom. During discussions in class, she always participates. She is helpful to others in class. I appreciate her efforts to speak to me in the language, even as a freshman. Kaylee is also a member of the KVHS band and golf team. I’m glad to have Kaylee in class and expect the same great effort as she continues to learn the language. Congratulations Kaylee!

Health/Physical Education: Jesse Fagen

Jesse Fagen is our choice for Student of the Month. Jesse gives great effort in class and always has a positive attitude. Jesse is involved with the marching band, jazz band, youth group and participated in the Santa and his Elves program. Jesse also is takes tuba lessons, is involved in Sunday school, and participates in solo and ensemble. Jesse does volunteer work at church and school and is in the National Junior Honor Society. As you can see, Jesse is well-rounded and is a positive influence for his peers at Kankakee Valley High School. Congratulations Jesse!

Language Arts: Destiny Clemens

The May “Student of the Month” for the English Department is Junior, Destiny Clemens. Destiny moved to KV in October and stepped right into working very hard. She was rewarded by being invited into the National Honor Society this year. Destiny is the daughter of Courtney Cooper and is a member of a youth group in North Judson. Her caring and quiet demeanor will serve her well as she plans a future career in nursing. In English class, she always arrives early and prepared. She would never even consider arriving to class without her homework! She strives for excellence and asks questions on how she can better her skills. During the many eLearning days this year, Destiny was always one of the first students to “show up” online. She often would message me by asking questions to make sure she did things perfectly, which helped me to clarify my directions if needed. She is a well-spoken young lady who has had to overcome some medical issues, and has done so with both grace and perseverance. I am pleased and proud to have her in class!

Mathematics: Halee Griffey

Halee Griffey is a classroom leader. Halee has a strong passion for learning and is always willing to help others. Classmates are quick to involve her in their discussions. They rely on her to ask the important questions. They rely on her to have already explored a concept and form ideas on how to approach a problem. Outside of the classroom, I am aware of Halee’s leadership responsibilities at KVHS. She is the senior class president. A class officer can encourage a positive climate at school. Halee does just that. As an active student, Halee is also involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, Band, Volleyball, Track & Field, Freshman Mentoring, Speech and Debate Club, Book Club, Academic Decathlon, and the School Improvement Committee. Outside of school, she volunteers at the Wheatfield Public Library. Remarkable students are willing to do for others. Great leaders get involved in all levels of a community. Halee is both a great leader and a remarkable student! Congratulations Halee!

Science: Hayden DeYoung

The KVHS Science Department Student of the Month is Hayden DeYoung. He is the son of Steve and Mandy DeYoung of DeMotte. Outside of the classroom, Hayden is a member of the school’s wrestling and golf teams. Congratulations to Hayden and his family. Keep up the great work.

Social Studies: Dalton Daily

Dalton Daily is a history fanatic! He is interested and engaged in class every day. He always wants to learn more. At the end of our World War 2 unit, Dalton voluntarily researched tanks used during the war, created a power point, and presented it to class! He thinks deeply about history, not just about wars. Dalton realizes that understanding history is understanding ourselves. I anticipate that Dalton will use his knowledge and passion to help our community and our world move in the right direction.

Technology/CTE: Jessica Kornacki

Jessica has really taken some big strides in class and April was a month where she really showed tremendous work ethic and a desire to help in class. Several times over the month she has made obvious efforts to show a caring attitude towards class and to involvement in our FFA Chapter. Jess really shined in the greenhouse this month where she was quick to pick up new responsibilities and always looked or asked for more work when she would complete her task. During classroom discussions Jess makes sure to contribute by raising her hand or adding input when I ask a general question to the class. To point out the most deserving reason for her to receive this honor would be her positivity, she has been a joy to teach in class the past month. Congratulations Jessica!