Four students have been named "Students of the Month" for the month of March for their outstanding work and dedication to community.
Senior Veronica Szaflarski, junior Sarah Reaves, sophomore Steve Grendzinski and freshman Katie Atherton were recognized during the March 12 meeting of the District 210 Board of Education.
As part of the honor, Brad Grcevic, of in Lemont, makes a charitable donation on behalf of the students. Each student is encouraged to nominate a charity, and then the four must come to a consensus on which organization should receive the funds.
This month, the students chose the Hope and Friendship Foundation to receive the donation.
Only 32 students are honored as Students of the Month from October to May. Students may only be selected once during their time at Lemont High School.
Katie Atherton, Freshman
Katie Atherton was selected by the Mathematics Department as the Freshman Student of the Month. Her teachers describe her as a high-spirited student who shows great attention to detail and strives to understand the reasoning behind mathematics. One of the Mathletes' top scorers all season, Atherton is also part of Future Business Leaders of America, Foreign Language Club and girls golf. This spring she hopes to participate in girls soccer or the spring musical.
Atherton plans to major in math or science in college, and may pursue a career in forensic science or engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys singing and dancing, reading and going to movies with friends.
Steve Grendzinski, Sophomore
Sophomore Steve Grendzinski received Student of the Month honors from the Music Department. A member of the school's marching band in the fall, he currently represents Lemont in competition as part of the Percussion Ensemble, and also works crew for events in the performing arts center. His teachers note that he works hard within the Music Department, and that effort has helped define his character.
Grendzinski hopes to attend college at Illinois State University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing drums.
Sarah Reaves, Junior
Sarah Reaves was chosen as the Junior Student of the Month by the Science Department. She is a high honor roll student, and is described by her teachers as "a motivated student who is a leader both in and out of the classroom."
Reaves is a National Honor Society student, and has been involved with Mathletes, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, National English Honor Society and Project Infinite Green. She plans to earn a PhD in chemical engineering. In her free time, she enjoys volleyball and basketball.
Veronica Szaflarksi, Senior
Veronica Szaflarksi was named Student of the Month by the Business Department. A high honor roll student, Szaflarksi is lauded by her teachers for her work ethic, leadership abilities and perseverance. She balances a challenging academic load with a number of extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Foreign Language Club and tennis.
Szaflarksi plans on studying accounting in college, and hope to become a certified public accountant. Outside of school, she works at the Kumon Learning Center, teaches religious education and attends Polish school.