By Hanna Wahl
Trojan Tribune Staff
While most students are captivated by the nice weather and realization that school is nearing its close, still others remain focused in the classroom. For the month of April, teachers recognized freshman Sam Swier, sophomore Ivy Oeltjenbruns, junior Summer Smith and senior Cole Jorgensen because of their caring, responsible, hard-working and positive attitudes.
Sam finds his school year filled with activities such as football, basketball and track. Despite his involvement, he claims to be successful because he gives everything his all. Sam believes he was chosen as the Student of the Month because “You will have a hard time finding me distracted in class. I always give the teacher my 100 percent focus, and I have an outstanding work ethic.” With the much-needed summer break approaching, Sam intends to balance his vacation between training for the 2014 Winter Olympics and battling Pokemon.
Rather than the sports that Sam spends so much time with, Ivy invests her time in music. She is involved in marching and concert band, percussion ensemble and drumline. Ivy claims to be a successful student because of her wise use of time during school and extensive study habits. She explains, “[I got student of the month because] I have great grades. I also pay attention during class.” Ivy has many plans for her summer break. She aspires to take several vacations and possibly get a job. Much of her time will be spent playing music, such as drums or mallets.
Summer spends her school year participating in cross country, track, band and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Although she feels that she does not always have enough time in the day, she tries to the best of her ability to stay organized and use her time wisely. Summer believes, “I got student of the month because I take school seriously and do my best to be a good student!” Her summer vacation will be mostly spent outside: maintaining her current job at First Dakota Horticulture as well as swimming, boating, camping or riding her horses.
Cole spends his time playing football and basketball and participating in TATU. He believes that he was chosen because he tries to do not only what is right, but what you are supposed to do. “I just try to be a stand-up guy,” says Cole. He also does his best to treat others the way they deserve to be treated.