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December 2017 Student of the Month - Elizabeth Bleyer

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Elizabeth Bleyer has been selected as the December Student of the Month. Elizabeth was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Elizabeth is consistently listed on the high honor roll. She is a member of the Bullets Track and Field team, the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the Sangamon County Teen Court.

 

As a devoted member of the WHS Concert Band, Elizabeth has enriched her skills by taking private clarinet lessons since 2014. After auditioning for the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA), Elizabeth was chosen for the All State Band in 2017 and 2018. She has also earned six 1st place finishes at the IHSA Solo & Ensemble competitions.

 

Since 2005, Elizabeth is also an accomplished equestrian. She has been awarded several titles including: The Illinois Quarter Horse Association High Point Youth Trail Champion, Kentucky Quarter Horse Association Grand Champion Halter Gelding, American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Region 3 Youth Trail Champion, National Snaffle Bit Association World Show Reserve Champion, AQHA Level 1 Championship Top 10 Rider, and AQHA Congress Championship Finalist.

 

Elizabeth has generously volunteered her time with organizations such as Contact Ministries, Special Olympics, Henson Robinson Zoo, West Side Christian Church, as well as being a youth mentor during a mission trip to Kenya. As a member of the West Side Christian Church, Elizabeth is a HSM member and a small group leader. She has also worked as an academic tutor at the Nelson Resource Center.

 

Elizabeth plans to attend Belmont University in the fall.

 

Congratulations to Elizabeth and her parents, Drs. Lorie & Eric Bleyer!

 

November 2017 Student of the Month - Cara Buckley

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Cara Buckley has been selected as the November Student of the Month. Cara was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Cara is a high honor roll student and a 2018 Illinois State Scholar. She attends Captains’ Council and is a member of the National Honor Society. Cara has been elected over the past four years as President of the Class of 2018, and is also currently serving as the NHS President for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

At WHS, Cara has been involved in a wide range of activities. She is on the Bullet Cross Country and Track & Field Teams. In Cross Country, she has earned Sangamo All Conference Honors. The Lady Bullets Cross Country team competed in the 2016 and 2017 IHSA State Finals, placing 5th and 6th place respectively. In Track, Cara was voted the 2015 Rookie of the Year. Cara competes on the highly successful Scholastic Bowl team which also went to the IHSA State Finals and placed 2nd in 2017. To round out her experiences at WHS, Cara is also member of the extremely talented Madrigal and Vocal Jazz Ensembles.

 

Over the years, Cara has volunteered her time with organizations such as the Williamsville Community Food and Teen Gift Drive, Special Olympics, Healthy Kids Running Series, Henson Robinson Zoo, Lincoln Land Down Syndrome Society, Williamsville Public Library, Youth Charity Horse Show, and United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln.

 

Cara is currently considering several universities and plans to major in biological sciences with a pre-medical focus.

 

Congratulations to Cara and her parents, Don and Tammee Buckley of Williamsville.

 

October 2017 Student of the Month - Casey Tuttle

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Casey Tuttle has been selected as the October Student of the Month. Casey was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Casey is consistently listed on the high honor roll and is a member of the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society and the WHS Captains’ Council. As a sophomore, Casey strengthened his leadership skills by attending the IHSA State Leadership Conference. Recently, the faculty and staff awarded Casey the Sons of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award based on outstanding leadership, dependability, service, and patriotism.

 

Casey is a Bullet Basketball team member. In 2017, Casey won the IHSA Regional Three Point Contest, was elected to the Sangamon County All Tournament Team, and was named a 2nd Team All Conference Team member in the Sangamo Conference. During the summers, Casey works for the Williamsville summer baseball league by helping umpire baseball games and working the concession stand.

 

By volunteering his time, Casey has helped organizations such as the Williamsville Teen Gift and Community Food Drive, Vacation Bible School at his church, the Sherman Elementary School’s Summer Bridges Program, WHS Youth Basketball Camp, the Williamsville Sports Boosters Golf Outing and Homecoming Parade, as well as serving cheesecake for the community at the annual Fall choir concert.

 

Casey is currently undecided on where he will attend college, but plans to major in Speech-Language Pathology.

 

Congratulations to Casey and his parents, Tony and Brenda Tuttle of Sherman!

 

September 2017 Student of the Month - Grace Gudwien

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Grace Gudwien has been selected as the September Student of the Month. Grace was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Grace is consistently listed on the high honor roll and is a member of the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society. As a sophomore, Grace strengthened her leadership skills by attending the IHSA State Leadership Conference. She also participates in a wide range of activities at WHS including athletics, instrumental music, Captains Council, WYSE competitions, and student theater productions.

 

As a member of both the Bullet cross country and track teams, Grace has received All-Academic Team honors on both teams for all four years. Grace ran on the cross country team that placed 5th in the 2017 IHSA State Finals. In track, Grace qualified for the Illinois Top Times indoor meet in the 4x800m relay and the 3200m run in 2015 and 2017. She also qualified for the 2017 IHSA State Meet in the 4x800m relay event.

 

Over the past ten years, Grace has been involved in piano lessons, recitals, and competitions outside of WHS. In 2016, Grace was a Gold Cup recipient at the Illinois Federation of Music Clubs Festival. At WHS, Grace applies her outstanding musical talent as a four year member of the WHS Jazz, Concert, and Pep Bands. She also played in the pit orchestra for the 2015 student theater production of Bye Bye Birdie and worked lights for Incognito in 2014.

 

Grace has generously volunteered her time with organizations such as the Special Olympics, St. John Vianney’s, the Henson Robinson Zoo, the WHS Community Food & Teen Gift Drive, and the Williamsville Healthy Kids Running Series.

 

Grace is currently considering several universities and plans to major in Environmental Studies.

 

Congratulations to Grace and her parents, Mike and Cindy Gudwien of Sherman!

 

May 2017 Student of the Month - Morgan Rottinghaus

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Morgan Rottinghaus has been selected as the May Student of the Month.  Morgan was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits.  She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Morgan is consistently listed on the high honor roll.  She is a member of the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society, currently serving as Member-at-Large.  She is also an Illinois State Scholar and a Land of Lincoln Community Foundation Student of the Month.  She is an active member in her church’s youth group and leadership group.  Because of a large amount of volunteerism, she was recently honored with a President’s Community Service Award.

 

At WHS, Morgan is a four-year member of the Lady Bullets Track team and a three year member of the Cross Country team, serving as a Captain of both teams during her senior year. She is also a student leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at WHS.

 

Throughout the years, Morgan has generously volunteered her time with organizations such LSCA Camp, WSCC Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, the Menard County Constitutional Group, Village of Williamsville, Lincoln Land Down Syndrome Society, as well as going on three mission trips to Africa.

 

Morgan plans to attend Augustana College, majoring in Pre-Med studies.

 

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Congratulations to Morgan and her parents, Anthony and Nicole Rottinghaus!

 

April  2017 Student of the Month - Matt NealePicture of 2017 WHS April Student of the Month - Matt Neale

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Matt Neale has been selected as the April Student of the Month.  Matt was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits.  He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Matt is an Illinois State Scholar and is consistently listed as a high honor roll student at WHS. He is a three-year member of the National Honor Society and currently serves as Vice President of the chapter.  Serving as a class officer, he has been elected as Vice President for all four years. 

 

Matt is a three year member of the Bullet soccer team, two year member of the basketball team, and a one year member of the football team.  In soccer, Matt received the Defensive Player of the Year and the IHSSCA Defensive Player Honorable Mention during his junior year.  He also was selected as a team captain during his senior year. An injury sidelined Matt for most of his senior season of soccer, but Matt persevered with a positive attitude and supported his team as he recovered from ankle surgery.

 

Matt has volunteered his time at the WHS Community Food and Teen Gift Drive, Sherman Elementary Scholastic Book Fair, Sherman Elementary Summer School, raising money for his athletic teams at the Illinois State Fair by helping park cars and selling taffy, as well as teaching skills at youth soccer camps for kids in the community.

 

Matt plans to attend University of Illinois at Springfield, majoring in Cyber Security.

 

Congratulations to Matt and his parents, Amy and John Neale!

 

March 2017 Student of the Month - Caroline McCormickThis is a picture of WHS March 2017 Student of the Month Caroline McCormick

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Caroline McCormick has been selected as the March Student of the Month. Caroline was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Caroline is consistently listd on the high honor roll. She is an Illinois State Scholar and a member of Williamsville High School's chapter of the National Honor Society, currently serving as Secretary of NHS. Caroline is also a Lincoln Land Area Student of the Month. For employment, she works at a childcare program after school and during the summer months as a teacher's aide.

 

Caroline is a member of the Bullets Scholastic Bowl team. This year's Scholastic Bowl tream accomplished many milestones as they made it all the way to the IHSA state champoinship for the first time is school history, finishing with a Class 1A State-Runner Up trophy. She aslo played Bullet basketball during the 2013-2014 season.

 

Caroline has worked as a volunteer for the following organizations: Kingdom Authority Ministries International, Animal Protective League, Williamsville Fall Festival, Sherman Elementary and Williamsville Middle School Book Fairs, Sherman Holiday Wonderland, and the Capitol Radio Group.

 

Caroline plans to attend University of Arizona, majoring in astronomy.

Congratulations to Caroline and her parents, Tim and Ana McCormick of Sherman!

 

February 2017 Student of the Month - Zach Buscher

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Zach Buscher has been selected as the February Student of the Month. Zach was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Zach is a hard working student. He has participated in a wide variety of extracurriculars during his tenure at Williamsville High School. He is actively involved in church activities and currently balances a part-time job along with his busy schedule.

 

At WHS, Zach plays trombone in the Jazz, Concert and Pep Bands. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the secretary for the Class of 2017, editor of the Yearbook, and a commentator for Bullets TV. He was elected to the 2015 and 2016 Homecoming Courts, played two years of football and one year of golf.

 

Outside of  WHS, Zach is very active in activities at two churches. He is not only involved in youth group, but also the leader on student teaching and worship counsel. He is also a member of the youth choir and serves as Chaplin of the Cabinet. He plays the piano, mandolin and guitar for the FUMC worship band. He led the FUMC in Springfield by giving a sermon recently and has attended a mission trip to Haiti to work on rebuilding a playground. He is involved in the high school mission camp and became a junior leader at a summer mission camp in 2013. He then co-led a junior high mission camp during the summer of 2016.

 

Zach will attend Lincoln Christian University to pursue an education in the ministry.

Congratulations to Zach and his parents, Jerry and Michelle Buscher!

 

 

January 2017 Student of the Month - Andrew RobertsPicture of January 2017 Williamsville High School Student of the Month

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Andrew Roberts has been selected as the January Student of the Month. Andrew was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Andrew is an Illinois Stae Scholar and is consistently listed as a high honor roll student at WHS. He participated in Student Council for four years while getting involved in the Captains' Council during his Senior year. He is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a Member at Large. During his Sophomore year, Andrew was chosen to attend the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference.

 

Andrew is a three year memeber of the Bullet Soccer Team. In baseball, Andrew was part of the Bullet Baseball team that received a Runner-Up finish in a State Championship game. He was elected as a team captain of the Bullet Soccer team in both his Junior and Senior years. He played in regional and sectional soccer championships with a visit to the Elite 8 while receiving the Coaches Award and Leadership Award in his socer tenure.

 

Andrew has volunteered his time at the WHS Community Food and Teen Gift Drive, the Henson Robinson Zoo, Sherman-Williamsville Scholastic Book Fairs, the Ronald McDonald House, as well as teaching at youth baseball and soccer camps for kids in the community.

 

Andrew plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University, majorying in Cybersecurity, minoring in Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Congratulations to Andrew and his parents, Jay and Amy Roberts!!

 

December 2016 Student of the Month - Jacob SextonPicture of WHS December Student of the Month Jacob Sexton

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Jacob Sexton has been selected as the December Student of the Month. Jacob was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Jacob is consistently listed as a high honor roll student at WHS. He has participated in Student Council for two years while getting involved in the Captains' Council during his senior year. Jacob has played for the Bullet Basketball team for four years, serving as the team's Co-Captain this season. He also played for three years on the Bullet Football team. Jacob is currently part of the student team that works on the NFHS Network for Bullets TV by doing game commentary and computer work. Outside of WHS, Jacob perfects his customer service skills by working at The Rail Golf Course.

 

Jacob has volunteered his time at organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, the Holiday Tournament concession stand, the Sports Boosters Golf Outing, and the Forever Home Feline Ranch. He donated time by selling taffy at the Illinois State Fair for the annual Bullets Football fundraiser. Jacob worked with kids at the youth football and basketball camps while teaching and reinforcing basic skills. For the last two years, Jacob distributed collection sacks and picked up donations for the Williamsville Community Food and Teen Gift Drive, as well as delivered all the food and gifts directly to Contact Ministries.

 

Jacob will attend Southeast Missouri State University, while majoring in Health Science.

Congratulations to Jacob and his parents, Chris Sexton and Amy Sexton!

 

November 2016 Student of the Month - Ally KarrasPicture of WHS November Student of the Month Ally Karras

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Ally Karras has been selected as the November Student of the Month. Ally was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Ally is consistently listed on the high honor roll and is involved in a number of extracurricular activities at Williamsville High School including: Student Council, FCCLA, Captains' Council, and National Honor Society. During her Junior and Senior years, Ally was a member of the WHS Homecoming Court and is currently the 2016 Homecoming Queen. Based on outstanding character attributes, she was chosen by WHS teachers to receive the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award.

 

For the past for years, Ally has played on the Lady Bullets volleyball and soccer teams. During her tenure, Ally contributed to the volleyball team making it to the Elite 8. She was also on the Lady Bullets soccer team that participated in the Final Four in state competition last year.

 

Ally has volunteered time at the WHS Teen Food and Gift Drive, the Summer Bridges program at Sherman Elementary, the WJHS Volleyball Camp, Williamsville's K-8 Soccer Camp, the Henson Robinson Zoo's Indian Summer Fest, and at various fundraisers at her church.

 

Ally plans to attend University of Iowa, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Congratulations to Ally and her parents, Peter & Vicki Karras of Sherman!

 

October 2016 Student of the Month - Maranatha AndrewsOctober 2016 WHS Student of the Month Maranatha Andrews Picture

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Maranatha Andrews has been selected as the Otcober Student of the Month. Maranatha was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Maranatha is a high honor roll student and is actively involved in Student Council and youth & Government at Williamsville High School. Maranatha is a four year member of the WHS Concert Bankd in the flute and woodwind section. Throughout the years, she has helped the band earn high scores at ILMEA and Solo & Ensemble competitions.

 

Outside off Williamsville High School, Maranatha has completed her CNA and BLS for healthcare providers training. Maranatha currently is enhancing her organization and customer service skills by working part-time at Memorial Medical Center in the food service department.

 

Maranatha has volunteered at the Williamsville Teen Gift and Community food Drive, the Sherman Fall Festival and at Zoolie Ghoulie at the Henson Robinson Zoo.

 

Maranatha plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh, pursuing a doctorate degree while majoring inn nursing.

Congratulations to Maranatha and her parents, Donnie and Jennifer Andrews of Springfield!

 

September 2016 Student of the Month - Adam ClarkPicture of WHS September Student of the Month Adam Clark

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that Adam Clark has been selected as the September Student of the Month. Adam was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. Adam will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Adam has mastered the art of time management due to active participation in athletics, academics, music, volunteerism, and leadership responsibilities. Besides Student of the Month, Adam's honors include CEFCU Scholar-Athlete of the Week and the Sons of American Revolution Award. Adam is consistently on the high honor roll and is a member and current President of the WHS Chapter of the National Honor Society. Adam's proven leadership skills have also been applied to the Class of 2017 by serving as Class President for his entire high school career. He has had the honor of being elected to the WHS Homecoming Court for four years and was recently named the 2016 Homecoming King.

 

Adam is a four year, three sport athlete for Bullets Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Because of his leadership and dedication to the team, Adam was named a Captain to the 2016 Bullet Football team. As a kicker for the Bullets Football team, Adam has been recognized as an All-Conference player and nambed to the SJ-R All Area Football team. Adam's proudest moment as a Bullet athlete was playing in the State Championship games for both football and baseball during his sophomore year.

 

Adam is also a musician in both of the instrumental and vocal music programs at WHS. He is a four year member of the award-winning WHS Jazz Band and the Madrigal Ensemble. He plays in the WHS Pep and Concert Bands as well. Both the Jazz Band and Madrigals meet in the Early Bird Hour and require a number of performances outside of the regular school day.

 

Adam has volunteered his time with the following groups: Camp Invention Science Camp, WHS Youth Football Camp, JFL Football Camp, WHS Baseball Youth Camp, Taffy Sales at the Illinois State Fair for Bullets Football, Boys Basketball Youth Camp, Henson Robinson Zoo, Holiday Tournament Concession Sales, Village of Sherman's Holiday Open House, SPARC Golf Outing, Sports Boosters Golf Outing, and as a NFHS Bullets TV Volleyball Game Commentator.

 

Adam is undecided where he will go to college at this time. He plans to major in Chemical Engineering and possibly extend his football career at a four year university.

Congratulations to Adam and his parents, Joe and Jennifer Clark of Sherman!

 

May 2016 Student of the Month - Caileen CalvertPicture of WHS May Student of the Month Caileen Calvert

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Caileen Calvert has been selected as the May Student of the Month. Caileen was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Caileen is consisently listed on the high honor roll. She is a member of Williamsville Shigh School's champter of the National Honor Society and President of the Future Community Career Leaders of America (FCCLA). She attends her church youth group and is on the comptetitive dance team at Audra's Studio of Dance. She works several jobs which include working concessions stand at Sherman's Waldrop Park, teaching classes at the dance studio and babysitting.

 

Caileen has volunteered at many placed including the American Red Cross in conjunction with the Springfield Fire Department, Westside Christian Church, the Ronald McDonald House, Williamsville Christian Church in many capacities, Inner City Mission, and St. John's Breadline. She has participated in several mission trips including trips to South Dakota to run Vacation Bible School, Tennessee to clear the Trail of Tears, Minnesota to work in a nursing home, and Wisconsin to do gardening in a nursing home. Caileen has also raked leaves in Williamsville for those that wer unable to do so.

 

Caileen plans to attend Illinois State University moajoring in Business and minoring in Spanish.

Congratulations to MacKenzie and her parents, Darb and Amber of Williamsville!

 

April 2016 Student of the Month - MacKenzie McGannApril 2016 WHS Student of the Month MacKenzie McGann

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior MacKenzie McGann has been selected as the April Student of the Month. MacKenzie was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

MacKenzie is consisently listed on the high honor roll. She is an Illinois State Scholar and a member of Williamsville High School's chapter of the National Honor Society. MacKeanzie is also the State Journal-Register's April Student of the Month., where she will aslo compete for the SJ-R Student of the Year.

 

While at WHS, MacKenzie has been involved in a wide array of activities. Besides taking a full load of advanced classes, MadKenzie has particpated in the band program for four years. She is a member of the Pep Band, Marching Band, and Concert Band. She played Bullet Volleyball and maintained membership in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for four years as well. She is a one year member of the Yearbook staff and the Bullets TV camera crew.

 

MacKenzie has worked as a volunteer at Westside Christian Church in the Nonprofit Cafe and in the nursery. MacKenzie had the opportunity to participate in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. She has also been a part of the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. She has volunteered at the Henson Robinson Zoo, Sherman's Winter Wonderland, the Villiage of Williamsville's Quarter Auctions, the Central Illinois Foodbank, Springfield Sharefest, and at Jane Addams Elementary School as a classroom aide.

 

MacKenzie plans to attend Illinois State University, majoring in Speech Language Pathology.

Congratulations to MacKenzie and her parents, Brian McGann and Dana Davis!

 

March 2016 Student of the Month - Colton WeissColton Weiss

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Colton Weiss has been selected as the March Student of the Month. Colton was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Colton is consisently listed on the high honor roll. He is an Illinois State Scholar, Senior Class President, as well as the President of the National Honor Society. He is a member of Student Council, Captains Counsel, Homecoming Court and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. he is also Vice President of Youth and Government. In August 2015, Colton's Ap History WWII project received the Excellence award presented by the Illinois Comptroller's Office.

 

Colton played Bullet Football for four years and competed on the Bullet Track team for two years. During his Senior year, Colton dedicated a lot of time to managing the Bullet Basketball team. He frequently was asked by the Athletic Director to produce and edit videos that were played at Bullet Volleyball and Basketball games. He also participated in the Fall 2015 WHS Drama Production of "You Can't Take it With You".

 

Colton has volunteered in a variety of activities at his church, the National Guard Family Support Office, the Henson Robinson Zoo, the Williamsville Fall Festival, and the Sherman Homecoming. He also helped at several school events which include serving cheesecake at Chorus concerts, working at Scholastic Book Fairs, taking 8 hour shifts selling taffy at the Illinois State Fair for the football team fundraiser, and coaching the WJFL football camps.

 

All of these activites have helped make Colton a well-rounded student and an outstanding student leader. Colton also works part-time and is awaiting training as a Broadcast Journalist through the Illinois Army National Guard.

 

Colton plans to attend Columbia College in Chicago, majoring in Cinematic Art & Science.

Congratulations to Colton and his parents, Tom and Christie Weiss of  Sherman!

 

February 2016 Student of the Month - John BealFebruary Williamsville High School Student of the Month John Beal

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior John Beal has been selected as the February Student of the Month. John was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

John is a hard working student and is consistently listed on the high honor roll. He is an Illinois State Scholar and is the WHS recipent of the SAR Award. In August 2015, John's AP History WWII project received the Excellence award presented by the Illinois Comptroller's Office. In October 2015, John also received the honor of being elected to the WHS Homecoming Court

 

John has played Bullet basketball and baseball from 2013-2016. He strongly contributed to the 2015-2016 Bullet basketball team that won the 2016 Regional Championship in Eureka. In baseball, John played int hte 2015 State Championship series in Peoria and the team was recognized as the 2015 State Runner-Up. John was listed on the 2015 All Area Baseball Team.

 

At his church, John is a childeren's church leader and helps with projects such as Operation Christmas Child. As part of the Illinois Baptist Association, John taught Bible School in Jamaica during the summers of 2012 and 2014. John helped local families through the Williamsville High School Community Food and Teen Gift Drive wich gives large contributions of food and gifts to Contact Ministries during the holiday season.

 

All of thes activities have helped make John a well-rounded student and have given him the opportiunity to demonstarate his hard-work and determination. John balances a challenging academic schedule, extra curriculars, and a part-time job at the Oaks Golf Course.

 

John plans to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Nuclear Engineering.

Congratulations to John and his parents, Julie and Darren Beal of  Sherman!

 

January 2016 Student of the Month - Erin BuckleyJanuary 2016 WHS Student of the Month Erin Buckley

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Erin Buckley has been selected as the January Student of the Month. Erin was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

At WHS, Erin is consistently listed on the High Honor Roll. She is a member of the Student Council and the National Honor Society. Erin has also been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar. She aslo was elected to the 2015 Homecoming Court.

 

Outside of WHS, Erin competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association for the high school equestrian athletes and qualified for Regionals. Erin is nationally certified in show jumping through the USPC. She received a Dean's Scholarship and has committed to ride on Hunt Seat Equitation Team for Maryville College. Her employment consists of working part-time at a local barn in Rochster where she takes care of four horses and two dogs.

 

Erin has volunteered her time to the Williamsville Community Food and Teen Gift Drive, Henson Robinson Zoo's Zoolie Ghoulie event, and Student Council's Homeless Drive where she helped collect and deliver everyday essentials for those in need.

 

Erin plans to attend Maryville College, majoring in Pharmacology, while riding on the Hunt Seat Equitation Team.

Congratulations to Erin and her parents, Donald and Tammee Buckley of Williamsville!

 

December 2015 Student of the Month - Quinn HigginbothamPicture of Quinn Higginbotham December WHS Student of the Month

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Quinn Higginbotham has been selected as the December Student of the Month. Quinn was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Quinn is consistently listed on the high honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. Quinn also received the honor of being named an Illinois State Scholar.

 

While at WHS, Quinn has represented Bullet athletics while participating in baseball, football, and track. Quinn participated in the fall drama production of You Can't Take It With You. He is also a memver of the Scholastic Bowl team. Besides taking a full load of upper level and AP level coursework, being involved in a variety of extra-curricular activites, Quinn has found the time to participate in multiple job shadowing opportunites in Microbiology and Pathology at Memorial Medial Center and take independent classes in Organic Chemistry and Astronomy.

 

Quinn volunteers many hours to Hope Church. He works the sound and light board for elementary school worship sessions and is a student leader for the junior high program. As part of the football program's annual fundraiser, Quinn worked a day at the taffy stands at the Illinois State Fair. He has also volunteered at the Scholastic Book Fair at the Williamsville Middle School

 

Quinn is undecided on where he will attend college, but plans to major in Microbiology.

Congratulations to Quinn and his parents, Troy and Jalene Higginbotham of Sherman!

 

November 2015 Student of the Month - Kaylee NicholsWHS November Student of the Month Kaylee Nichols

 

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Kaylee Nichols has been selected as the November Student of the Month. Kaylee was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Kaylee is consistently listed on the high honor roll, an Illinois State Scholar, and the 2015 Homecoming Queen. While at WHS, she has been a member of Student Council, Captain's Counsel, Youth & Government, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Assuming leadership roles comes easily to Kaylee. As a member of National Honor Society, Kaylee is on the executive committee as the Member-at-Large. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of Youth in Government and the Secretary of Class of 2016. She is also a team captain of the 2015-2016 Bullet Cheerleaders.

 

Kaylee is a Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois Teen Council Member. She has also donated time to organziations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Angel Tree program, Relay for Life, Memorial's Be Aware Women's Fair, Inner City Mission, Hospital Sisters' Mission Outreach, Sherman Elementary's Summer Bridges, the WHS Community Food and Teen Gift Drive, and the WJHS Tutoring Program.

 

Currently Kaylee balances a rigorous schedule of classes, extra-curricular activites, volunteer work, and a part-time job athe the Fairlane Diner in Sherman. After graduation, Kaylee plans to attend the University of Missouri in the Honors program, majoring in pre-pharmacy.

Congratulations to Kaylee and her parents, Howie and Lisa Nichols of  Williamsville!

 

October 2015 Student of the Month - Brenna Cordum

 

Brenna SomWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Brenna Cordum has been selected as the October Student of the Month. Brenna was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Brenna is consistently listed on the high honor roll. While at WHS, Brenna has been a member of the National Honor Society, FCCLA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is an outstanding chorus and Madrigal student and competes in IHSA Solo and Ensemble contests.

 

Brenna volunteers in her church as a member of the praise and worship team and the crew of VBS. She has worked with kids in music programs, as well as provided assitance with snacks and craft projects. She has also been a part of four mission. trips. She volunteered in a soup kitchen in Minnesota, worked in a Kids Club and Nursing Home in Tennessee, helped kids in poverty in South Dakota, and helped kids and the elderly in Georgia. She has passed out candy for Zoolie Ghoulie at the Henson Robinson Zoo and helped at the Williamsville Fall Festival at the Sports Care obstacle course race.

 

Brenna plans to attend college (currently undecided), majoring in Social Work with plans to work with the elderly.

Congratulations to Brenna and her parents, Mike and Anita Cordum of  Williamsville!

 

September 2015 Student of the Month - Joy Miller

 

JoyWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Joy Miller has been selected as the September Student of the Month. Joy was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

 

Joy is a Lady Bullet volleyball, basketball and softball player. Joy approaches everthing she does with a high level of positive energy and cooperative team spririt. She is a member of the WHS Choirs and the auditioned Madrigal group. She goes beyond the classroom and competes in IMEA and IHSA Solo & Ensembel contests.

 

Joy uses her outstanding interpersonal and collaborative skills as a member of the Youth & Government, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also performs in the WHS school plays and musicals.

 

Volunteer experience includes preparing and teaching lessons and choreographing dances for VBS at her church, being an ambassador of  Williamsville High School for new students, working the admission gates at the Illinois State Fair, and facilitating communication between hearing and deaf people

using American Sign Language.

Congratulations to Joy and her parents, John and Jodi Miller of  Sherman!

 

May Student of the Month - Nick Sorenson

May Student  of the Month - Nick SorensonWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Nick Sorenson has been selected as the May Student of the Month. Nick was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from
the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Nick is consistently listed on the WHS high honor roll. While at WHS, Nick has participated in a variety of activities including Bullet Football, Youth and Government, Band, two years of Jazz Band, and two years of Scholastic Bowl. He is a PSAE Exceeds award recipient and represented his class on the 2012 Homecoming Court and 2013 Prom Court. Nick is currently serving as the President of the Class of 2013 and President of the WHS Youth and Government chapter.

Outside of WHS, Nick is a member of the Air National Guard, achieving the rank of Airman Basic. He also works in food service at Memorial Hospital.

Nick has volunteered in the community helping clean up the Village of Williamsville following a tornado, assisting with the Bullets football camp, collecting food for the WHS Community Food Drive, performing with the WHS Jazz Band at the Springfield annual Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Recognition Dinner, and playing Taps at the Williamsville Memorial Day Ceremony. He has also volunteered his time working at the State Fair to raise money for the football team.

Nick plans to attend Illinois State University, majoring in Recreation and Park Management with a History minor.

Congratulations to Nick and his parents, Scott and Lori of Sherman!


April Student of the Month - Taylor Hardy

April Student  of the Month - Taylor HardyWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Taylor Hardy has been selected as the April Student of the Month.  Taylor was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits.  She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Taylor is consistently listed on the honor roll and is a member of the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society.  Taylor is a member of the Williamsville chapter of FCCLA and has served as Secretary during her Sophomore and Junior years.  She is a Bullet Cheerleader, and was elected to the All American Team at UCA Cheer Camp.  Outside of WHS, Taylor is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and very active in the Williamsville Christian Church.

Taylor has volunteered many hours helping those in the community.  As part of the WHS Community Food and Teen Gift Drive, Taylor distributed sacks, collected food and was selected to help deliver the donations from WHS to Contact Ministries.  Through the church youth group, Taylor volunteers at the Inner City Mission in Springfield.  She has also completed Mission Trips to Massachusetts, Canada, New York, New Orleans, and Tennessee.

Taylor plans to attend Lincoln Land Community College and major in Elementary Education.

Congratulations to Taylor and her parents, Anthony and Lori of Williamsville!


March Student of the Month - Charlotte Lipp

March Student  of the Month - Charlotte LippWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Charlotte Lipp has been selected as the March Student of the Month. Charlotte was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Charlotte is consistently listed on the high honor roll and is a member of the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society. She is also a Susan Cook House Student of the Month amongst students in Sangamon County schools.

Charlotte is a member of the Lady Bullets soccer team and the Girls Scouts of America. She is a valued Peer Tutor and helps high school students understand their homework in all subject areas. Because she is dependable and trustworthy, Charlotte is an entrusted babysitter in the community as well as holding down employment at both Dairy Queen and SUMC. She not only volunteers in the church nursery at SUMC, but she also works as a teaching assistant for after school care and summer camp.

Charlotte has volunteered for the following organizations: Sherman Community Craft Show, Lincoln Memorial Gardens’ Indian Summer Festival, Lady Bullets Volleyball Concessions, Riverton High School College Fair, American Lung Association, Animal Protective League, Breast Cancer Community Forum, SUMC Youth Group Mission Trip(Lyons, NY) and numerous fundraisers within SUMC.

Charlotte plans to attend Lincoln Land Community College and major in Biology.

Congratulations to Charlotte and her parents, Fred and Pam Lipp!
February Student of the Month - Kyle Jones

February Student  of the Month - Kyle JonesWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Kyle Jones has been selected as the February Student of the Month.  Kyle was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits.  He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Kyle is consistently listed on the WHS high honor roll and is a member of the WHS Chapter of the National Honor Society and the PSAE Exceeds Team.  While at WHS Kyle has participated in sports, the drama program, and is an award winning art student for his work in photography.

Kyle has represented WHS strongly as a four year member of the Bullet basketball and baseball teams.  During his senior year of basketball, he received the honor of being named to the Williamsville Holiday Tournament 1st Team All Tournament Team and to the Sangamon County All Tournament Team. He was also named the BSN Sports Outstanding Player Award at the Riverton Shoot-out and the Heart of Illinois All Star Player.

Kyle is an active member of his church youth group and has volunteered at many events such as car washes and bake sales.  He has also helped the community by lending a hand at Lincoln Memorial Gardens, working a Taffy Stand at the Illinois State Fair to benefit the football team, the Williamsville Fall Festival, the Williamsville Blood Drive, and the Sherman Winter Wonderland.  As a student leader, Kyle helped Freshmen and new students by giving orientation tours at the beginning of the school year.

Kyle plans to attend St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he will receive his Pharm-D degree.

Congratulations to Kyle and his parents, Bob and Joyce Jones of Williamsville!

January Student of the Month - Connor White

January Student  of the Month - Connor WhiteWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Connor White has been selected as the January Student of the Month. Connor was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Connor is consistently listed on the WHS honor roll and is a member of the WHS chapter of Youth and Government. Outside of WHS, Connor participates in the President’s Explorers Club in the Exploring Law Enforcement program. Recognizing his hard work ethic and outstanding personal characteristics, Connor recently received a nomination to the United States Naval Academy from US Congressman Aaron Shock. In addition to be a great student athlete, Connor has proven he is a hard worker by holding part time employment over the last two years.

Connor has represented WHS well on the Bullet football and track teams. As a senior, Connor led the Bullet football team as a team captain in an outstanding undefeated season. Connor also received Sangamo All Conference awards for the Offensive and Defensive Lines for both his Junior and Senior years. In the Fall of 2012, Connor received the high honor of being named as an All State Offensive Guard and received All Area Honors. Connor was also nominated and selected to play in the Shriner All Star football game this summer.

Connor has volunteered by helping WHS students with their homework as a peer tutor. He has also helped the community by lending a hand at the Williamsville Fall Festival, as well as Easter, Veterans’ Day, and Memorial Day events. Connor has also helped collect and deliver donations for organizations such as Contact Ministries and the Inner City Mission. He has helped in flood relief efforts in Quincy and tornado clean-up in Williamsville. He has also donated hours to the Illinois State Fair, NRA Gun Rights Day, and canvassing for various campaigns.

Connor plans to attend either the United States Naval Academy or McKendree University, majoring in Engineering and continuing his football career.

Congratulations to Connor and his parents, Lisa White and Todd White!


December Student of the Month - Jessica Mast

December Student  of the Month - Jessica MastWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Jessica Mast has been selected as the December Student of the Month. Jessica was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Jessica is consistently listed on the high honor roll and is a member of the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society. She has also received the honorary distinction of being named an Illinois State Scholar.

Jessica is a member of Student Council at WHS and is the bookkeeper for the Lady Bullets Softball team. She is a valued Peer Tutor and helps both high school and junior high students understand their homework in all subject areas. Because she is dependable and trustworthy with a well-respected personality, Jessica is an entrusted babysitter and pet sitter in the community.

Jessica has volunteered service hours for the following organizations: the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, the WHS Community Food and Teen Gift Drive, the Denim and Diamond Fundraiser for Cancer Research, and the UCP Telethon. Besides helping the Blood Center with paperwork, Jessica is also a one gallon blood donor.

Jessica plans to attend Illinois State University and major in Elementary Education.

Congratulations to Jessica and her parents, Mel and Debbie Mast, of Sherman!


November Student of the Month - Connor Thompson

November Student  of the Month - Connor ThompsonWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Connor Thompson has been selected as the November Student of the Month.  Connor was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits.  He will receive a $100 savings bond from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Connor is consistently listed on the high honor roll and is a member of the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society.  He has received the honor of being a member of the PSAE All Exceeds Team.  Connor currently represents his class on the 2012 Homecoming Court and in the position of class Vice President.  Because of his outstanding character and leadership traits, Connor was also chosen to represent WHS at the 2011 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar. 

Connor has played four great years for the Bullet football and baseball teams.  In 2011, Connor received the Varsity Baseball Coach’s Award.  He is an active member and leader of his church’s youth group and also balances part-time employment.

Connor has volunteered for community service agencies such as the United Cerebral Palsy, the Washington Street Mission, and the Animal Protective League.  He has also used his athletic skills by teaching kids new skills at the WHS baseball and football camps.  He has also helped build sets and worked on the stage crew for the WHS Drama Department.

Connor plans to attend Illinois College and major in Pre-Med.

Congratulations to Connor and his parents, Andrew and Grace Thompson, of Sherman!


October Student of the Month - Harrison Galusha

October Student of the Month - Harrison GalushaWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that Harrison Galusha has been selected as the October Student of the Month. Harrison was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. Harrison will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Harrison is consistently listed on the High Honor Roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has held leadership positions within his class by serving in the roles of Secretary and Treasurer and is an active member of the WHS Student Council.  He is a PSAE Exceeds award recipient and the 2012 WHS Homecoming King.

In addition to Student Council, Harrison has been actively involved at WHS by singing in Madrigals, performing in multiple WHS plays and musicals. Harrison was also a REACH participant and juggles two part-time jobs amidst his busy schedule.

Harrison assists other students with their homework as a member of the WHS Peer Tutor and the Elementary Summer Bridges tutoring programs.  He volunteers at Lincoln Memorial Gardens and for the Williamsville Baseball League.
 
Harrison hopes to attend Northeastern University and major in Sociology.

Congratulations to Harrison and his parents, Russell and Carol Galusha of Williamsville!

September Student of the Month - Mackenzie McCall

September Student of the Month - Mackenzie McCallWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that Mackenzie McCall has been selected as the September Student of the Month. Mackenzie was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. Mackenzie will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Mackenzie is consistently listed on the High Honor Roll and is a member of the Scholastic Bowl team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and is currently serving as President of the WHS chapter. She is a PSAE Exceeds award recipient by exceeding in the Math, Reading, and Science portions of the exam.

Mackenzie has been actively involved in the fine arts department by singing in Madrigals, choir, competing in IHSA Solo & Ensemble events and performing in the WHS plays and musicals. She has also taken piano lessons throughout high school and maintained part-time employment.

Mackenzie volunteers her time at the Inner City Mission, Elementary school Bridge Program and by helping high students with their studies through the Peer Tutoring program. She is actively involved in community outreach programs though the Williamsville United Methodist Church and the Williamsville Christian Church and fundraising for the Vocal Music Boosters. She has also provided backstage help with the junior high musicals and assisted with the Scholastic Book Fairs for the district libraries.

Mackenzie plans to major in mathematics.

Congratulations to Mackenzie and her parents, Marcia and Gordon McCall of Williamsville!!

May Student of the Month - Anna Butterfield

May Student of the Month - Anna ButterfieldWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Anna Butterfield has been selected as the May Student of the Month.  Anna was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits.  She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Anna is ranked 15th in her class with a GPA of 4.17. She is consistently listed on the high honor roll and is a member of National Honor Society, FCA, and Student Council. 

Anna has participated in four years of Lady Bullet Basketball and Volleyball while at WHS.  During basketball, Anna was designated with the following honors: 2nd Team All Conference and Honorable Mention All State.  In volleyball, Anna was selected for the 3rd Team All Conference and was named to the Sangamon County Tournament Team.

Some of Anna’s community service activities include the WHS Community Food Drive for Contact Ministries, traveling out-of-state to complete mission projects with her church, volunteering on the North County Teen Court, UCP Telethon, and providing meals at the Springfield Overflow Shelter during the winter months. 

Anna plans to continue her basketball career at Lincoln Land Community while majoring in Biology. 

Congratulations to Anna and her parents, Scott and Susan Butterfield of Williamsville!


April Student of the Month - Emily Chesser

April Student of the Month - Emily ChesserWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that Emily Chesser has been selected as the April Student of the Month.  Emily was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits.  Emily will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Emily is 3rd in her class with a GPA of 4.67.  She is consistently listed on the High Honor Roll and is a member and Vice President of the National Honor Society, an Illinois State Scholar, and a Susan Cook House Student of the Month.  She is a 2011 PSAE Exceeds award recipient and joined the National Society of High School Scholars.  She currently serves on the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council.

Emily previously participated in two years of Lady Bullet Basketball and ran Cross Country during her Senior year.  She is a member of Youth and Government and the set crew for WHS drama productions.  Emily plays the french horn in the WHS Concert, Marching, and Pep Bands and has competed in IHSA Solo and Ensemble contests.  Outside of WHS, Emily played in the 2011 Wizard of Oz production at the Springfield Muni and was a member of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony.  She is also an active member of the Springfield Triathlon Team, and is certified in Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving.

Emily has volunteered with the STAND peer tutoring program, the Williamsville Community Food Drive, Lincoln Memorial Gardens, the Illinois State Museum, the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair, and as a race assistant for the Athleticare and Abraham Lincoln Series Triathlons.  Emily has recently ventured to Australia to work on a conservation project in the Daintree Rainforest.  In the summer of 2009, she also participated in a Galapagos Islands preservation project and an Amazon Rainforest school restoration project.

Emily plans to attend Indiana University, while majoring in Biology.

Congratulations to Emily and her parents, Tom and Bette Chesser of Sherman!


March Student of the Month - Taylor Kovacevich

March Student of the Month - Melissa McCormickWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Taylor Kovacevich has been selected as the March Student of the Month.  Taylor was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits.  She will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Taylor is ranked 17th in her class with a GPA of 4.09. She is a member of National Honor Society, FCA, Yearbook committee, and Student Council. She is also a member of Youth and Government, currently serving as Treasurer.

Taylor was a Bullet cheerleader for four years, acting as co-captain her Junior and Senior years.  She played three years of Lady Bullet Softball while finishing her high school career on the WHS Track Team.  She has worked with the WHS drama program working in the crew and selling concessions. She has also been a cast member in the Fall musical “Back to the 80’s”.

Some of Taylor’s community service activities include the WHS Community Food Drive for Contact Ministries, Girl Scouts of Illinois, Mini O’Bierne Crisis Nursery, United Cerebral Palsy, Ronald McDonald House, Relay for Life, and the Sherman PTO Fall Festival.

Taylor plans to attend the University of Missouri, majoring in Textile and Apparel Management with a minor in Business/Marketing.

Congratulations to Taylor and her parents, Vel and Pam Kovacevich of Sherman!


February Student of the Month - Melissa McCormick

February Student of the Month - Melissa McCormickWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Melissa McCormick has been selected as the February Student of the Month. Melissa was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits.  Melissa will receive a $100 savings bond from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Melissa is 2nd in her class with a GPA of 4.67.  She is consistently listed on the High Honor Roll and is a member of the WHS National Honor Society, currently serving as Vice President.  She has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar, PSAE Exceeds Team member, and as a Susan Cook House Student of the Month.

Melissa is currently involved in extra-curricular activities at Williamsville High School which include the yearbook committee and Scholastic Bowl.  Outside of WHS, Melissa is involved in the Kingdom Authority Ministries International Leadership Team.

In order to help others in the community, Melissa has volunteered through Kingdom Authority Ministries International by ushering at conferences, working at yard sales, a variety of hospitality duties and food service, building maintenance and landscaping, as well as community outreach at Feitshans Grade School.  She has also sold concessions at athletic events, babysat for an organized Parents Night Out event, and given tours of the high school during Freshman Orientation.

After graduation, Melissa plans to attend the University of Kentucky, majoring in Chemistry.

Congratulations to Melissa and her parents, Tim and Ana McCormick of Sherman!


January Student of the Month - Abby Clark

January Student of the Month - Abby ClarkWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that Abby Clark has been selected as the January Student of the Month. Abby was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. Abby will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Abby is 5th in her class with a GPA of 4.64. She is consistently listed on the High Honor Roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a PSAE Exceeds award recipient and an Illinois State Scholar. When working on the Spring 2011 AP History WWII project, Abby’s group received one of nine statewide awards of excellence and the project is now registered in the Library of Congress.

Abby has played all four years for the Lady Bullets volleyball and soccer teams. During volleyball her senior year, Abby served as co-captain of the team that won the Mahomet Invitational, Sangamon County and Regional championships. Her leadership skills are strong as she has held office in several additional organizations as well. She currently holds the position of Secretary in the Class of 2012 and is a Student Council representative, previously serving as Treasurer for both groups. She is Vice President of Madrigals and previously served as Secretary in Chorus. Other activities include Prom and Yearbook committees.

She has competed in IHSA Solo and Ensemble contests and received first place awards for multiple vocal ensembles and a Best of Day award for Madrigals. She has also performed the National Anthem at several volleyball and football games. She was a member of the cast and crew for the 2011 drama production of “The Outsiders.”

Abby has volunteered her time with the annual WHS Community Food and Teen Gift Drive, the American Cancer Society, youth soccer camps, Sports Boosters concessions and 50/50 sales, Class of 2012 concessions, Operation Teen Safe Driving Committee, WHS Guidance Assistant, Freshman Orientation Leadership Tours, Christmas Caroling for Contact Ministries, Village of Williamsville Tornado Clean-up, UNICEF, Lincoln Memorial Gardens, Vacation Bible School, and the Central Illinois Foodbank.

Abby plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, while majoring in Chemistry and Pre-Pharmacy studies.

Congratulations to Abby and her parents, Joe and Jennifer Clark of Sherman!


Student of the Year 2011-2012 - Sam Pensabene

December Student of the Month - Sam PensabeneWilliamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Sam Pensabene has been selected as the December Student of the Month. Sam was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. He will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Sam is ranked 4th in his class with a GPA of 4.59. He is consistently listed on the high honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society, currently serving as Member at Large. Sam is the recipient of the following academic honors: the SAR Good Citizenship Award, PSAE Exceeds Team, and Illinois State Scholar recognition.

While at WHS, Sam has participated in four years of Bullet football, basketball and track. Sam served as co-captain of the 2011 undefeated Bullet football team. In football, he was also named to the Illinois All Academic Team and to the 2011 Sangamo Conference First Team on Defense. He is also a member of Youth and Government, running as a candidate for Governor in the state assembly. Sam has also participated in three WHS drama productions, served on Student Council, and was a Sophomore class officer.

During the summer of 2011, Sam had the interesting experience of working for the American Cancer Society Internship Program while completing an 8 week cancer research project at the SIU School of Medicine.

Some of Sam’s volunteer experience includes donating his time to the WHS Community Food and Gift Drive, selling concessions, working at the Community Bike Rodeo, and at the Timothy Retreat for St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

Sam is undecided about his college choice at this time but plans to major in Bioengineering.

Congratulations to Sam and his parents, John and Cinda Pensabene of Sherman!


Student of the Year 2010-2011 - Jessica Miller


Congratulations to Jessica Miller!

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Jessica Miller has been selected as the January Student of the Month. Jessica was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and personal traits. Jessica will receive a $100 savings bond from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Jessica is 16th in her class with a GPA of 4.20. During her Senior year, Jessica has also received the following academic honors: 2010 PSAE All Exceeds Team, the Susan Cook House December Student of the Month, and the DAR Award Recipient. She is consistently listed on the High Honor roll and is a member of the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society.

While at WHS, Jessica has participated in Youth & Government, cross country, basketball, vocal music, drama, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the Youth and Government program, she gained experience as a lobbyist, legislator, and a gubernatorial candidate. She is also a leader in the FCA program. In Madrigals, Jessica served as Vice President and took a lead role as the Jester in this year’s performance. In Choir, Jessica served as Treasurer and has participated in IHSA and IMEA competitions. She has received an IHSA Best of Day award for a solo performance and made IMEA District Concert Choir, District Jazz Choir, and All State Concert Choir. As a member of our Vocal Jazz ensemble, Jessica had the opportunity to sing the Star Spangled Banner for President Obama at the Lincoln Bicentennial celebration. Her coaches have also recognized her leadership and strength of character. In cross country, she won both the Most Spirited award and the Coach’s Award. In basketball, she received the Bullet Pride award.

Jessica has volunteered for the American Diabetes Association, the Mini O’ Bierne Crisis Nursery, several events within the deaf community, peer tutoring for the school district, and at VBS for Grace Presbyterian Church.

Jessica plans to attend Illinois State University to pursue a career in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education.

Congratulations to Jessica and her parents, John and Jodi of Sherman!

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