Each month four students are chosen, one from each grade level, to represent HHS as students of the month. These students are selected by HHS faculty based on a particular trait or traits they possess. This April those traits were integrity and ethics. Students chosen express different traits: honesty, fairness, respect, trustworthiness, responsibility and doing what is right, even if it is a difficult choice.
Along with the title of senior of the month, seniors are awarded a front-row parking spot for a month. April’s temporary owner of that coveted spot is Ryan Shamburg.
“I think it is important to have good ethics so people will see you as a good and trustworthy person,” said Shamburg.
Shamburg plays tennis for the Red Hawk team and in his free time he loves playing tennis for fun and watching ESPN.
“I enjoy being a part of such a wonderful community and being able to represent the town when I go places,” he said of his favorite part of being a Red Hawk.
The junior of the month in April is Sadie Meyer.
“My favorite thing about being a Red Hawk is being involved in various activities throughout school,” she said.
Meyer is involved in numerous clubs, including Biology Club, the Kansas Association for Youth, Future Business Leaders of America and FFA. She is also a member of the tennis and golf teams. Outside of school she is an active member of her youth group and the local 4-H Club.
Her biggest role models for good ethics and integrity are her parents.
“My mom and dad have taught me right from wrong and to always do the right thing,” said Meyer.
Sophomore of the month, Peyton Newby, echoes the importance of having good ethical values.
“Having good ethical values really helps get you through life. It helps to keep you on track and on the right path.”
In school, Newby is involved in FFA and choir. In her free time she loves to paint, listen to music and write different pieces.
“My favorite thing about being a Red Hawk is the camaraderie of everyone in the school,” said Newby.
Last but not least, Keithen Kopp was chosen as freshman of the month.
Kopp is involved with FFA and outside of school he is a member of the 4-H club. In his free time he enjoys trapping, raising hogs and working all year long on the farm with his father.
His biggest role model for integrity and ethics is his father.
“We farm together. He is hardworking, loves God, and always makes time for me,” said Kopp.
“I am characterized by my honesty, respectfulness and am a hard worker,” said Kopp when asked why he felt he was chosen for the quality of integrity. “To me, a handshake and your word is as good as a signed contract.”
All of these students, and many others at HHS, possess traits of integrity and ethics that will help them their whole lives.