Adrian Optimist Club Students of the Month – November

The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard, and Adrian school districts.  Criteria for this honor center on outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit.  Staff at each of the schools makes the selection, and their decision is based on expansion of these criteria. Selection is based on the criteria, but a student stepping up to a particular task will come to play in it.  Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”.

The Miami Student of the Month for November is Junior, Nathan Turner.

Nathan is son of Kandice and Nathan Turner.  In school, Nathan just likes sharing with friends and passing tests.  He also enjoys family time of watching sports and eating.  Nathan says, “My grandparents inspire me because they show me how to correctly interact with people and how to be a good person.”

The Miami Staff says, “Nathan has done a great job in the classroom. He is attentive and has taken responsibility for getting his work done.  He asks thoughtful questions and gives informed answers.  He is respectful toward teachers and cares about his fellow students.  Although he is open to change, for now Nathan plans to go straight to contributing to his family.

Pictured (left-right): Miami Principal Angie Willey, Miami Junior Nathan Turner, and Adrian Optimist Member Jerry Ferguson

The Adrian Student of the Month is Senior Robert Reese.

Robert is the son of Christine Engelken and Dan Engelken. Robert’s in school activities include TSA, NHS, TEAMS, STUCO, and track and field.  He also works as a cashier at Yoss Triftway.  Robert says, “I was inspired by my parents and teachers who never wavered in their dedication to my education and personal growth.

The Adrian Staff says, “Robert, as a student, is always willing to go out of his way to help people.  He is very ambitious and hard working.  Robert is a great role model and has a very bright future.  Robert plans to attend University of Central Missouri for degrees in secondary education to become a high school English teacher.”

Pictured (left-right): Adrian Principal Abe Lewis, Adrian Senior Robert Reese, and Adrian Optimist Member Jerry Ferguson

The Ballard Student of the Month is Senior, Andrew (Drew) Hon.

Adrew Hon is the son of Eric and Heather Hon. Drew is a member of the Basketball, Baseball, and Scholar Bowl teams. Drew is also involved in Choir, Band, Drama Club, Art Club and Ballard Honor Society.

Ballard Math teacher Mrs. Kershner states “Drew is friendly and helpful to all!  He enjoys a good competition. He knows how to buckle down & work, and he has learned the valuable lesson of doing just that before the situation is an emergency.”

Science teacher Mr. Brewster states “Drew works hard in physics class. He asks pertinent questions and applies the knowledge he gains to master complicated concepts. Drew also is a leader around the school and shows respect to all.”

Pictured (left-right): Adrian Optimist Member J.L. Jennings, Ballard Senior Andrew (Drew) Hon, and Ballard Principal Eric Hon