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.