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Peotone School Board Recognizes Multitude of Student Achievements

The May meeting of the Peotone Board of Education was overflowing with ‘Good News’ as school officials recognized a multitude of student achievements.

Academic Student of the Month

The May Board of Education Academic Student of the Month is Megan Crawford, daughter of Ron and Carrie Crawford, of Manhattan.

Megan is a senior at PHS with a grade point average of 3.9 on a 4.0 grading scale and ranks 15th in her class of 134 students. At school, she is involved in Volleyball, Dance Team, Track and Field, International Culture Club, Science Club, Teens against Drugs, Class Officer, Student Council, National Honor Society, and the musical. Outside of school, she babysits for a family of four.

In her spare time, Megan likes to volunteer, draw fashion designs, play sports, and spend time with family and friends.

After graduation, Megan plans to attend Augustana College to major in Business Administration and Accounting. She would like to earn her MBA and CPA.

KACC Student of the Year

The board recognized Omar Rosales, who has been chosen as Student of the Year in Construction at the Kankakee Area Career Center.

Omar is the son of Sergio and Hipolita Rosales, of Peotone.

Omar has shown course-content knowledge and a desire to learn all year long. He has exhibited characteristics that placed him at the top of his class.

Students of the Month

The board honored Peotone Junior High School’s April Students of the Month, who have demonstrated outstanding behavior, good work ethic, and have “gone above and beyond the call of duty” at Peotone Junior High School. There is one Student of the Month for each grade level. Peotone Junior High School recognizes the following April Students of the Month: Matthew Gromala, 6th Grade; Makenzie Fabian, 7th Grade; and Macy Sullivan, 8th Grade.

Also, the board recognized May Students of the Month: Nazhai Malone, 6th Grade; Caleb Petersen, 7th Grade; and Kyle Manley, 8th Grade.

The board also adopted resolutions honoring PJHS student team accomplishments.

PJHS – 8TH Grade Mathematics Team

The Peotone Junior High School 8th Grade Mathematics Team consisting of Evelyn Becker, Brooklyn Cavitt, TJ Chenoweth, Dominick Esquivel, Tyler Hendricker, Jesus Herrera, Michael Hunding, Jack Jensen, Brock Krska, Joel Lee, Ryan Marsh, Richard Martz, and Jimmy O’Brien and coached by Mallory Martin and Nicole Ware, competed in and finished in 1st place of every competition this year as well as Kan-Will Conference Champions the past two years.

PJHS -Track Team

Eighth Graders Eddie Goff and Taylor Schlinger competed in the Class 2A IESA State Track Meet in the high jump. They are coached by Kay Bryant and Emily Kuypers.

PJHS – Geography Bee

Eighth Grade Peotone Junior High student Michael Hunding was champion in the local Geography Bee. He was coached by Patty Heron, John Sankey, and Diane Ahearn.

Also, he competed in a Will County written exam and the Illinois State Geography Bee in Springfield.

PJHS – Spelling Team

Eighth-grader Michael Hunding competed placed 1st in the regional Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee, and also competed in the Knights of Columbus State Spelling Bee.

Sixth-grader Nolan Mueller, took 2nd place in the regional Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee; and also competed in and took (3rd) third place in the Knights of Columbus State Spelling Bee.

Hunding and Mueller are coached by Laura Fitzpatrick.

PJHS – Scholastic Bowl Team

The Peotone Junior High School Scholastic Bowl Team, consisting of Joel Lee, Michael Hunding, Shannon Warden, Graham Natale, Darek Knauer, Logan Woodcock, Ryan Gade, Aiden Hamm, Jack Stoltman, Bradley Oliver, Landen Hamm, and Payton Bean, were Kan-Will Conference Champs, IESA Regional Champs, IESA Sectional Champs and advanced to the IESA State AA Scholastic Bowl Tournament.

They finished with an overall record of 12 – 4.

They are coached by Wendy Vincent.

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