Buffalo Grove High School has chosen Students of the Month for January 2013, with selections based on the efforts and contributions of one student in each of the six divisions of the school.
Freshman Okemia "Macy" Brakes of Wheeling was nominated as English/Fine Arts Student of the Month by English teacher Robin Paul. "At the beginning of this year, Macy made the decision to improve her skills in English," said Paul. "Each day she displays a mature determination and focus. She uses her time wisely, willingly revises her work, and strives for mastery of the material. Her concentration and self-discipline are commendable."
Sophomore Sabrina Poulsen of Wheeling was nominated by Mandarin Chinese teacher Caili Chiu to be honored as the World Languages/Social Science/English Language Learners Student of the Month. "Sabrina always comes into the classroom with a smile on her face," said Chiu. "Before class she will write one or two Chinese sentences that she learned the previous day on the board and then, be ready to learn. During group participation, not only does she diligently complete her task, but also helps and encourages her classmates to do the same. She is very respectful, and her excitement for learning is contagious."
Junior Joshua Leung of Arlington Heights is Student of the Month for Student Services. "Joshua is constantly working and striving to do better," said Instructional Assistant Clint Peterson. "He is in two honors classes and is constantly working to improve himself. He has advanced from prep classes into more challenging classes, where he is maintaining very good grades. Joshua is a delight to have in class and is always helpful to other students."
The Math/Science department recognized sophomore Rashel Ott of Wheeling for her achievements. Chemistry teacher Lisa Raucci commented, "Rashel has done an amazing job this past quarter in chemistry, raising her grade almost ten-percent at a time when the material is getting harder and harder. Despite some struggles early on, she persisted and continued to work hard and come in for help. She is an amazing self-advocate, which is hard to come by in a high school sophomore. Rashel has remained upbeat throughout the entire semester and is in a great spot to continue her success second semester."
Career and Technical Education selected senior Dan Ruppert of Arlington Heights as the department's honoree. Automotive teacher Sean Murrin said, "Dan, a second year Auto student, has a curious mind and the ability to problem-solve. He is always willing to get his hands dirty and help out when he can. Dan is a leader that other students can count on when they have questions."
Sophomore Alicia Kantor of Arlington Heights has been named the Physical Education / Health / Driver's Education Student of the Month. Physical Education teacher Tom Sullivan commented, "Alicia is an exemplary P.E. student. Sophomore P.E. is almost exclusively about resistance training. Alicia was always engaged in class, ready to offer answers, and worked harder than just about any sophomore P.E. student that I have had. She also excelled at completing and scoring high on written assignments that are often overlooked by students in P.E. Buffalo Grove High School is extremely well represented by outstanding young ladies such as Alicia."