Student of the Month: What it takes

Mykyiah Jackson, staff writer

Each month the Joliet Township selects a Student of the Month that demonstrates qualities that affect the Joliet West community in a positive way. “Joliet Township High School Students of the Month must be a senior in high school. Students are nominated based upon character, citizenship, dependability and maturity.” Stated the Joliet West High School.

Students are always viewed by teachers and administrators for all the qualities listed. Every teacher or staff administrator are asked to send the best senior students who exemplify certain character traits. Each student is nominated by a staff member and there is list compiled in Microsoft Excel of all the nominees, and also listing who nominated the students. There are at least five senior students chosen every month, seniors are mainly nominated because Joliet West would like to see a more cultivated product. The students will meet with a few Joliet Township clubs that they are representing for their monthly meetings. Only one junior is chosen each month to meet with the NAACP club.

Although, the Joliet Township highly encourages students to join extracurricular activities and clubs, they are not required to be nominated for student of the month. Student of the Month facilitator, Melanie Boseo, said that, “We have so many great students here, we want them to show off their personalities and get to know staff members by getting more involved!”

Being chosen as student of the month has many advantages. When meeting with one of the chosen clubs, they get a nice lunch. They also get their pictures displayed in the main hallway, and their names are on the front marquis and a group picture is posted on the Joliet Township website. It is highly recommended for students to write down the accomplishment on applications as an honor, some clubs may even give out certificates. Mrs. Boseo also stated, “We want to see all the opportunities they took in high school, the accomplishments they made over the years and how they developed into a young adult over time.” Joliet Township wants to see all of these characteristics demonstrated throughout all of the students.