A student’s willingness to do the task at hand is a trait that shows his or her desire to learn. This month’s character trait from the year-long acronym of “I am Red Hawk” is that trait of willingness. Four students, one from each grade level, who model this trait in and out of the classroom, have been selected as the April Students of the Month.

Ashlyn Riley was selected as the Senior of the Month.

Riley’s favorite part of her senior year is her work as a teacher’s aide.

“I’ve really enjoyed being a teacher’s aide at the elementary school. It has been really neat working with the young students,” said Riley, who will be pursuing a future as an elementary teacher.

For Riley being a Red Hawk means having pride in her school.

“We are all very lucky to be in such a great school district,” Riley said.

Scott Rowell was selected as the Junior of the Month.

When he’s not at school, Rowell enjoys playing baseball, jogging and riding his bike. In addition, one of his goals for this year is to become faster at running.

When things get hard for Scott he remembers his motto, “Keep trying.”

Kendra Overdick was selected as the Sophomore of the Month.

For Overdick being a Red Hawk means being dedicated to a team and working hard not only for herself, but for her teammates as well.

Overdick’s favorite parts of school are the chances to socialize and playing basketball.

She is involved in FFA, Kansas Association for Youth, International Club, Biology Club, Forensics and basketball. Overdick handles all these extra-curricular activities beyond her regular school day by remembering her favorite scripture: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” — Philippians 4:13.

Emma Williams was selected as the Freshman of the Month.

Williams believes that being a Red Hawk means “being confident, taking pride in what you do, trying your hardest and never giving up.” She applies these values to her extra-curricular activities such as track, dance team, cross country, basketball, FFA and dance with Stacie Newell.

She enjoys socializing and trying to make friends with people she doesn’t usually hang out with.

Williams lives by the quote from Lou Holtz, “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

As anyone can see, because of the academic and extracurricular successes of these teenagers, they are the epitome of willing students.

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