Kankakee Valley High School Students Of The Month
Editor’s Note: The following is a presentation of the KVHS Students of the Month nominations written in their teachers’ own words.
Business/FACS: Elizabeth Veldman
The KVHS Family and Consumer Science department would like to recognize Beth Veldman as the April Student of the Month. Beth is a senior and is currently taking Education Professions with plans to become an elementary teacher. Beth is a hardworking, dedicated student. Her work is always thorough and on time with great attention to detail. In addition to this, she is very helpful to other students and positively contributes to classroom discussion. It is a pleasure to have her in class. It is these combined qualities that make Veldman an ideal candidate for Student of the Month. Congratulations Beth!
Fine Arts: Carissa Seneczko
Carissa has outstanding talent. She is only a freshman and I cannot wait to see how her talent grows and transforms over the next few years. Carissa is very particular when it comes to her work, sometimes to fault. She can create beautiful works of art with ease. She is amazing! I hope that she carries her abilities into her future career. She is also an active member of Student Council and very outgoing. A wonderful young lady to have around! Congratulations Carissa!
Foreign Language: Austynn Dodd
It is a pleasure to name Miss Austynn Dodd as the Foreign Language Department’s student of the month for April. Austynn serves as a perfect example of someone who wants to accomplish something, works hard, and then achieves that goal. When she started Spanish last year as a freshman, she was eager to learn the language, but lacked confidence in speaking in front of her classmates. This year, however, after much practice and persistence, Austynn now addresses the class with confidence in both English and Spanish! She has become an exemplary Spanish learner, a true example for her classmates. Austynn also serves our school as a key member of our bowling team and has been chosen to serve as a mentor for our incoming freshmen next year. Congratulations Austynn!
Health/Physical Education: Alexis Swart
Alexis was chosen as Student of the Month for her exemplary behavior in the classroom. Alexis is a leader by example. She shows up to class everyday on time, prepared, and organized. Alexis demonstrates qualities that will one day help her in whatever career or endeavors she chooses. Not only does she come equipped to class, but she also bring a positive attitude as well. She is willing and ready to learn. Alexis shows qualities that will attribute to success in every aspect of her life.
Not only is Alexis successful in the classroom but she also goes above and beyond on the court as well. Alexis was also a member of the 2018-2019 KV Girls Basketball Team. She can be found practicing in the gym for countless hours in her down time. Congratulations Alexis!
Language Arts: Madeline Swart
Senior Madeline Swart is the English department’s student of the month for April 2019. Maddie maintains a strong A in Mr. Adam’s English 12 class as a well-prepared and diligent student. She is involved in a variety of clubs, including Future Farmers of America, Future Educators of America, Reap What you Sew, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well as KV’s very successful basketball and softball programs. Congratulations Maddie!
Mathematics: Jenna Smith
Jenna has been a student in my Geometry class for the entire 2018-2019 academic year. Jenna is very diligent student. She demonstrates a high level of self-motivation, is always very well organized, prepared for class, actively participates in class, and consistently submits high quality work. Jenna demonstrates high levels of mathematical ability and overall academic achievement, and she always seeks understanding of the content on a deeper level. She consistently strives for excellence and earns high scores on even the most challenging assessments. Jenna has always been very respectful towards myself and other staff members. She also demonstrates a high level of respect and concern for her peers. She has even assisted fellow students in need of help on numerous occasions.
In addition, Jenna participates in several extracurricular activities outside of the classroom. She has been an active member of the varsity volleyball and softball teams at Kankakee Valley High School. She is also a member of ASL, FCA, and drama club. She has demonstrated that she is able to effectively balance these activities with her academic responsibilities. Congratulations Jenna!
Science: Adam Sheptock
Adam Sheptock is nominated by the science department for his outstanding work in Honors Physics. Honors Physics is a rigorous elective course so you can imagine most students try to avoid it. Adam started out a little nervous but has developed into quite the physicist. He balances his coursework with volunteering at church, National Honor Society, Science Club and Band (playing in Concert band, Winter Drum line, Marching band and Jazz Band). Adam hopes to one day become a Physical Therapist and plans on attending University of Indianapolis. Congratulations Adam and keep working towards that goal!
Social Studies: Rebecca Caldwell
The Social Studies Student of the Month is Rebecca Caldwell. Becca is the daughter of Tracy and Dave “Buster” Caldwell of Wheatfield. Becca has the distinction of earning the highest grade in dual credit government for the third nine weeks. This is a very challenging course. The grade that the students earn is also the grade that they receive on their transcripts for Political Science 101 at Purdue University.
She has been involved with numerous clubs and activities in her four years at KV, but is probably best known for her leadership and efforts on track and the soccer pitch as a member of our girls’ track and soccer teams.
It is with great honor that I present Rebecca Caldwell as the Social Studies Student of The Month.
Technology/CTE: Isabelle Eenigenburg
Belle has been a model student and hard worker in my Introduction to Engineering class. She is also a valuable member of the Technology Student Association (TSA) at KVHS. Belle recently competed at the state TSA conference and placed first in the children’s stories competitive event.