Seniors of the Month

Seniors of the Month
Posted on 03/19/2020
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Alexis StroudGavin Dukowitz Seniors of the Month for March

Name: Gavin Dukowitz
Parents: Kelly Kemper and Rod Dukowitz
Address: Huntsville

School Activities and Awards: Vice President of Science Club, Track and Field, Key Club, SADD, Academic Awards, Honor Roll and Honda Achievement Breakfast If I were principal for a day: I would propose that Shop class be designated as a fine arts class. In doing so, the student would take photographs of the development of their projects. This would then substitute the "Shop" class as a photography class, making it a fine arts credit with the state of Ohio. The amount of creativity and raw talent that a student puts into a shop project is very important to me. I believe that Shop meets all the Ohio requirements in being a fine arts class and more attention should be paid to this subject. 
Favorite High School Memory: My favorite memory is when our 800 meter relay team qualified for and raced at Regionals. 

People who have been an inspiration to me include: I'm inspired by my sister (and Art teacher), Paige Dukowitz and other teachers such as Shop teacher Mr. Dave Snapp and Chemistry teacher Mr. Matt Steinbarger.
Lately I've been reading:  Politics and the American Language by George Orwell and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
My advice to parents: Be understanding with your child. Support them when it is needed. Show them that they make you proud.
My Biggest Regret: I regret not being involved more in sports. Next Year: I will be attending Bowling Green State University studying Architecture.

Name: Alexis Stroud
Parents: Michael and Loretta Stroud
Address: Lewistown

School Activities: Color Guard Captain, Winter Guard Captain, MEPA Silver medalist, 2-year National Honor Society member, 2-year Laker Leadership Council member, 4-year Key Club member, 2-year Science Club member, 3-year Art Club member, 3-year Spanish Club member, 4-year ILHS Chorale member, 2-year ILHS musical participant, 4.0 GPA, 4-years of Perfect Attendance, 3-years Honda Achievement Breakfast and Rotary Club honoree

If I were principal for the day: I would give kids a day to catch up on homework and to get to know the other students and staff better. We go to school with the same kids for thirteen years, but a lot of time, we never really know them very well. It would be a way to enhance the community a bit and to decrease the stress weighing down some students. 

Favorite School Memory: My favorite memory would be placing second at the MEPA Winter Guard Championships during my junior year. It was such a major achievement for our team and I will always be proud of us and how far we came. It does stink that all of our competitions for the remainder of this year have been cancelled, but at least I still have the memories from years past. 

People who have been an inspiration to me: 
I'm inspired by my parents and my siblings, as well as my fellow classmates and friends. My coaches and teachers have also had a major impact on me through the years. Thank you for all leading down the right path and always inspiring me to be a better person. 

Lately I’ve been reading: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

My advice to parents: Do not give up on your kids. Push them to be the best version of themselves! But do not, I repeat, do not push them too hard. Your kids are still kids. Let me figure out who they are and who they hope to become and accept them. Also, even if we do not always show it, your kids do love and value what you do, so please support us. 

My Biggest Regret: I regret not being more involved in athletics during high school. We offer so many different sports, yet I never tried out for any of them and looking back, it makes me a bit sad. 

Next Year I will be: I plan to attend Wittenberg University to major in Biochemistry. I hope to use this to later obtain a doctorate degree and become a radiologist.