Student of the Month

Student of the Month

October 2018 Student of the Month

Hannah Schuetz with mother Diane Schuetz

October Student of the Month is Hannah Schuetz, the daughter of Diane and Kurt Schuetz. Hannah is very active in clubs and organizations both in school and out of school.  As a member of the class of 2019, she ranks 11th and has earned a 3.971 grade point average.  She takes a number of college level classes and easily excels in them.  Hannah was awarded an Academic Letter and was chosen as Student of the Year in both Science and Art.  She has been recognized as a Scholastic Art Honorable Mention and is a Cleveland Clinic Expressions art program participant. She is also involved in the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Shadow program.


Besides her high academic achievements, Hannah excels as a member of the National Honor Society (2 years), Move 2 Stand (5 years), Leo Club (5 years), and Student Council (4 years). She also is involved and active in Art Club and the Principal’s Advisory Council. Outside of school Hannah is an active member of Teen Life at Saint Mary’s Church and serves as a volunteer at Grace’s Kitchen, Mill Manor and Kingston Nursing Home.  She has also been a participant in the National Catholic Youth Conference and St. Mary’s Church Christmas plays.


As one who has seen her in action, Mr. D’Egidio would say that Hannah is a rare person in today’s world in that she is true to herself, her beliefs and values. Her smile is infectious and her personality can light up a room. Other teachers commented that Hannah is an asset to their class and is a consistent model for other students. She is a rare combination of confidence and humility. In a world where many people do things because they want to be seen, she does them because they are the right things to do.

September 2018 Student of the Month

Rachel Frisky Lions Club Student of the Month for September is Rachel Frisky, daughter of Carrie and Michael Frisky. 

Rachel is a young lady who sets the bar high for herself.  

Academically, Rachel is taking a full load of college level classes and has earned a strong 3.64 GPA. She is considerate and conscientious about her assignments and is diligent about her work effort.  Last school year she was recognized as Science department student of the month at VHS.  She is a positive presence in class and makes the room better for being in it.

Outside of the classroom Rachel is the current vice -president of Leo Club and participates in both the Speech and Debate and the Academic Challenge teams.  She is a member of the Sailor Marching Band as a section leader and has been captain of the flag corps for two years.  A three year letter winner for the track team, Rachel was voted “most improved” last season, demonstrating how hard she works to make herself the best she can be. She also participates in Winter Guard, Ski Club, and is a member of National Honor Society.

Rachel is active in community service projects and is willing to give her free time to help others in the community.  She has worked events for Leo Club and the Vermilion Fire Department, such as Cookies with Santa and Salvation Army bell-ringing.  According to Mr. D’Egidio and several other teachers, Rachel is a hard worker who is always willing to challenge and improve herself. She works hard and is conscientious both in and out of the classroom.  Congratulations to this very deserving Leo Club honoree. 

May 2018 Student of the Month

Savana Powers with parents Trina and Keith Powers
Savana Powers, Leo Club Student of the Month for May, finishes off a tremendous year of great talents and volunteerism.  Savana maintains a 3.557 GPA and ranks in the top 20 percent of her class. She has completed several AP classes and is not afraid to challenge herself academically.  For three straight years she earned honorable mention on the National Spanish Exam for her knowledge of Spanish language and grammar.  Savana has also been published in a national book of poetry titled Accomplished, sponsored by The American Library of Poetry in 2016. 
At VHS Savana is active in wind ensemble and the Sailor marching band, where she earned four Varsity letters.  She is also member of Leo Club, and works on the stage crew for the annual musical. 
When she is not producing literary works or showing her musical ability, Savana spends time working and volunteering. She is involved in the various community service events sponsored by Leo Club, and actively donates her time to various organizations such as Goodwill.  
As her teachers will attest, Savana regards herself as a quiet leader who is dedicated to her studies. Both Mrs. Judd and Mr. Klein agree she is a quiet leader who is hardworking and understands the value of giving back to her community.  She is a person whom Vermilion High School and the Vermilion community can be proud to call one of their own.  Savana’s parents are Trina and Keith Powers.

April 2018 Student of the Month

Ethan Habermehl with parents Jean and Christopher Habermehl
April’s Student of the Month is another in a long line of Vermilion students who have set high standards for themselves and have gone on to exceed those standards. 
As an athlete, Ethan Habermehl has been a three sport star, participating in football, basketball and track. He also spent a season on the golf team.  He has overcome illness and injuries, demonstrating that he has what it takes to be a distinguished individual in athletics and in his personal life.  Ethan earned three varsity letters in basketball, two in football and one in track and field.  He is a leader whose passion for success is evident in the hard work he displays, how he motivates others and encourages teammates. 
As a student, Ethan sports a 3.17 GPA and has been accepted into several colleges. He is a diligent student, with a gift for art.  His work has been featured in a number of ways in district and other area Art festivals.  Outside of VHS, Ethan’s work has been acknowledged received Silver Key award in the Scholastic Art Competition at LCCC 5 different times and has been entered into numerous other competitions.  His work will be on display at the Fine Art Fair at VHS on May 17. 
Ethan serves the community at VHS in Peer Leadership, Link Crew and Move2Stand.  He is a member of the Big Buddies program, which matches high school students with middle school and elementary students for mentoring opportunities. Outside of school, Ethan’s philanthropy continues as he has worked with Habitat for Humanity and with SPARK (Students Preventing Abuse and Raising Knowledge), which works to combat drug and alcohol abuse among young people. 
His teacher and coach Mr. D’Egidio would say that Ethan is one of the hardest working young men he has encountered and that he is always willing to learn how to improve and get better. His other teachers and coaches would echo those words calling Ethan passionate and hard working.  Ethan is the son of proud parents Jean and Christopher Habermehl. 

March 2018 Student of the Month

Nicole Peter with parents and Kellie Lunn
The March Lion’s Club Student of the Month is Nicole Peter, a young girl who has definitely left her mark on Vermilion High School. 
Nicole ranks fourth in the class with a 4.422 GPA.  She is enrolled in multiple college level classes at VHS and excels in all of them.   Nicole has been named Department Student of the Year in English, Spanish, Social Studies and Science.  She was awarded the Bronze Medal on the National Spanish Exam and has been named a National Merit Commended Scholar. She earned an Academic Letter and a Lamp of Learning Award.   
At VHS, Nicole is a member of the Academic Challenge Team, National Honor Society and Band, where she holds trombone first chair in concert band and was the section leader for marching band.  She is a leader in Move-2-Stand, is head of Dance Committee for Student Council, and leads the community service section for Leo Club.
On the Speech & Debate team, Nicole is the school leader for points earned in a season, is a two-time national qualifier, is a State Semi-finalist this year and serves as the President of the VHS team.  With all of her Speech and Debate awards, she has been named Speech and Debate Association Academic All-American
Outside of school Nicole volunteers at the Bird Loft, is an active member of St. Mary’s Parish, and works for Roose and Ressler, LPA. She also serves as a member the drug prevention group SPARK (Students Preventing Abuse and Raising Knowledge).
Congratulations to Nicole Peter, pictured here with her parents Erika and Steve Peter, and Lion's Club member Kellie Lunn. 

February 2018 Student of the Month

Photo of Lauren Volzer with parents
February’s Lions Club Student of the Month, Lauren Volzer, is a great example of a young woman who is well-rounded and talented at many things.  As a student, she has been awarded the HOBY Academic All-Star award, a Vermilion Lamp of Learning, The Model UN Excellent Delegate award, an Academic Letter, the Scholastic Silver Key, Foreign Language Department Student of the Year, English Department Student of the Year, and the National Spanish Exam Bronze Medal and excels academically in several College Credit Plus classes, and ranks second in her class with a 4.484 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
At VHS Lauren is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Move2Stand, Leo Club, Drama Club, and Link Crew.  She also participates in Model UN, Stage Crew, Speech and Debate, Soundsation, Varsity Volleyball and Track and Field. She has been a member of Buckeye Girls State, Teen Leadership Corps, and HOBY Leadership program. 
Outside of school Lauren is involved in her community and church. She is a member of Spark Youth Coalition, Beautify Vermilion, and bell ringing for the Salvation Army.  She goes above and beyond her Peer Leadership class requirements, and volunteers for the American Red Cross, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, her church youth group and works as a counselor for volleyball camps.
Many of Lauren’s teachers comment on her willingness to be a leader and to spend her time and talents for others.  When asked what she thought teachers would say about her, she added, “determined, focused, and willing to speak her mind.”  Her nominating teacher, Mr. Griffin, said that she certainly deserved the honor of Student of the Month.  Lauren is the daughter of Tim and Lisa Volzer. 

January 2018 Student of the Month

Kayleigh Penton
January's Student of the Month, Kayleigh Penton, is a person who quietly goes about her business, not necessarily seeking out the spotlight but seemingly always finding it because of her achievements and effort. She has been, and is still, a young lady who excels both academically, athletically and socially. 

As a member of the 2018 graduating class, Kayleigh currently maintains a 4.1 GPA, which ranks her 11th in her class, while taking several college level courses at VHS.  She was selected as Broadcast Journalism Student of the Year in 2017.  She is currently a member of the Model UN, Book Club, and is Secretary of National Honor Society.  She is also a member of the Leo Club (Social Chair), Peer Leadership, Move 2 Stand, Link Crew and the Armada Spirit Club.  Kayleigh represents her peers as Vice President and Spirit Committee chairperson for Student Council.  She was selected for the 2017 Homecoming Court, has played basketball and was captain of the Girls Soccer team this year.  She won a varsity academic letter and has been selected 2nd team All State, Lorain County Player of the Year in Soccer and The Sandusky Bay Conference Player of the Year twice.

Outside of VHS, Kayleigh finds time to work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters through Peer Leadership, volunteers playing Bingo with nursing home residents, and is a lifeguard at the Vermilion City Pool, where she also teaches swim lessons to beginners.  She has also spent time organizing an Earth Day Project at Vermilion High School.

When asked about Kayleigh’s qualifications, English teacher Mrs. Graves said, “She is person deserving and well-qualified to represent Vermilion with this honor.  Her enthusiasm and personality adds a wonderful presence in the classroom or wherever she happens to be.”  Her NHS advisor Mr. D’Egidio would agree and adds, “Kayleigh is a young lady who is a great representation for Vermilion.  She will surely be a success at whatever path she travels in life.”

Kayleigh is the daughter of Amanda and Adam Penton. 

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