November 2021 Student of the Month – Ryan Willson

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Ryan Willson has been selected as the November Student of the Month. Ryan 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.

Ryan maintains a 4.0 GPA while being a very active student athlete. He has been a four-year member of WHS Football, Basketball, and Track. Ryan has demonstrated his leadership abilities by becoming Varsity Captain in both Football and Basketball.

While being a busy high school senior, Ryan also works for Doms Property Management helping to maintain their facilities.

After graduation Ryan plans to become a union electrician or attend a trade school.

Congratulations to Ryan and his parents, Michele and Mike Willson of Williamsville!


October 2021 Student of the Month – Ross Bodine

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that senior Ross Bodine has been selected as the October Student of the Month. Ross 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.

Ross is currently ranked 3rd in his class and consistently achieves high honor roll at WHS. He was inducted into the National Honor Society his sophomore year and presently serves as the NHS President.

Ross is very active at Williamsville High School. For the past four years he has been Class President, been an active member of the Illinois Youth and Government club participating as a candidate for Governor and steering committees, has performed in the Madrigals every year including playing roles in the school musicals. Ross is also a member of the Bullet Baseball Team.

Ross has volunteered his time at Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project, HSHS Mission Outreach, Illinois Specialty Growers Association and St. John Vianney Parish Fish Frys.

Ross plans to attend a four-year university and study plant biotechnology.

Congratulations to Ross and his parents, William and Stephanie of Sherman!


September 2021 Student of the Month – Claire Ibbotson

Williamsville High School is pleased to announce that Claire Ibbotson has been selected as the September Student of the Month for the academic year 2021-2022. Claire was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and outstanding personal traits. Claire will receive a $100 cash award from the Williamsville State Bank and will also be eligible for Student of the Year.

Claire consistently qualifies for the WHS High Honor Roll while taking several honors and AP level classes. She is a member of the Williamsville High School chapter of National Honor Society, currently serving as Vice President.

Claire has been a four year member of the Williamsville High School Marching Band/School Band, achieving Flute Section Leader her sophomore through senior years. At WHS, she has been a vital part of several school activities. During the last four years Claire has performed with the Madrigals, Vocal Jazz, Choir, the School Play and School Musical. She also has been active in Youth and Government and Scholastic Bowl. She was Runner up of the 2019 SIU Women’s Leadership Essay Contest.

Volunteering is a large part of Claire’s life. She is very active at Sherman United Methodist Church and Westside Christian Church where she gives her time to lead small groups of various aged children in worship and song. She has participated in several mission trips and been involved in distributing canned goods and baby care kits for those in need. Claire juggles all this while working a part time job at the church.

Claire is undecided at this time where she will attend college but plans to major in Early Childhood Education with hopes of becoming a Preschool or Kindergarten teacher.

Congratulations to Claire and her parents, Adam and Katie Ibbotson of Sherman!


2021 Student of the Year – Catherine Kennedy

Williamsville State Bank & Trust is pleased to announce that senior Catherine Kennedy has been selected as the 2021 Student of the Year. Catherine was selected by the senior class sponsors on the basis of academic performance, extra-curricular participation, and outstanding personal traits. Catherine received a $2,500 award from the Williamsville State Bank at the May 2021 Honors Night.

Catherine is a top student in her class and consistently qualifies for the WHS High Honor Roll. She juggles AP level courses while participating in National Honor Society, Student Council, athletics, St. John Vianney youth group and several community service activities. She has also competed in the WYSE Academic Challenge in the area of Biology and English, helping her team advance to the Sectional exam. Her proven leadership skills are often on display as she serves in the role of Secretary in both the WHS chapter of the National Honor Society and for the Class of 2021. Catherine represented WHS at the 2019 HOBY Leadership Seminar during her sophomore year and currently serves as Vice President of Williamsville High School Student Council.

At WHS, Catherine is a four-year member of the Bullets Cross Country team, which qualified for the IHSA state finals four years in a row with two top ten finishes. In her senior year, Catherine was captain of the girls cross country team. She is a four-year member of the Lady Bullets Soccer Team, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a two-year participant in Captains’ Council. Catherine is a member of the Jared’s Keepers Foundation. She also works as a part-time tutor.

Catherine helps with the annual WHS Community Food & Teen Gift Drive, which greatly benefits local community members that find themselves in need during the holiday season. She volunteers at St. John Vianney as a Kindergarten teacher and at events including the Fall Festival, Knights of Columbus fish fries, and spaghetti dinners. Other volunteer activities include providing water to runners at Abe’s Amble, cleaning up after Bullet basketball games, working the Senior Olympics, helping coach youth soccer teams, assisting at the Animal Protective League, and babysitting kids at the annual Parents Night Out event sponsored by Student Council.

Catherine is undecided on her college choice at this time, but plans to pursue a major in Biology or Biomedical Engineering in order to help others.

Congratulations to Catherine and her parents, Jim and Victoria Kennedy of Sherman!