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Rotary Students of the Month announced

Mattoon High School announced the Rotary Students of the Month for October are Michaela Drake and Ryan Hutchinson. The November Students of the Month are Kadie Gentry and Andy Dole. Leah Buck and Brock Taylor are the Rotary Students of the Month for September.

Drake and Hutchinson were both nominated by MHS economics teacherVinnie Walk. Gentry and Dole were nominated by MHS physics teacher Jim Sparks. Both Buck and Taylor were nominated by Sparks.

 Drake is the daughter of Michelle and Dennis Simpson. She is an avid runner and is a member of both the MHS varsity cross country and track teams. During her freshman and junior years, she was a cross country State Qualifier. She participates in a variety of activities at MHS including Key Club – serving as president; National Honor Society, student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and B.I.O.N.I.C. Transfer Team. Throughout high school, Drake has volunteered more than 100 hours of service for Key Club and achieved the Outstanding Junior Member in Illinois. In addition, her volunteer activities include Food on the Move and Camp New Hope. She has achieved academic excellence at MHS while being enrolled in the most rigorous courses. In his nomination of Drake, Walk said, “Michaela is a hard-working, dependable, honest young lady who can be counted upon to lead Key Club in a positive, respectful way.”  She plans to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville or Illinois State University majoring in nursing.

Ryan Hutchinson is the son of Jeff Hutchinson and Susan Hutchinson.  He is actively involved in both MHS varsity basketball and baseball.  He has volunteered at various basketball camps for Mattoon youth. In addition, he serves as an official at basketball games at the YMCA. Walk, his nominating teacher said, “I have had the pleasure of watching Ryan become a role model to the younger members of the youth basketball and baseball players in Mattoon.  This year, I have gained a new respect for Ryan Hutchinson as a student. He is the students that his peers turn to when they have a question about almost any subject – especially math. He is a hard-working, dependable, honest young man whose actions and efforts are greatly admired and appreciated by his coaches, instructors and peers.”  Hutchinson plans to attend Illinois State University and major in finance.

 Gentry is the daughter of Charles Gentry. An outstanding student, she is a valued member of the Pride of the Green Wave Band, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, varsity girls track, and B.I.O.N.I.C. Freshman Mentor. Gentry earned the Track Athletic Achievement Award for sprinting events. In her role as freshman mentor, she participated in a three-day leadership training in the summer and serves the role of mentor during her lunch hour the first two-weeks of the semester and every Thursday. Her nominating teacher, Sparks, said, “Kadie Gentry is one of my most productive seniors in honors physics. She has been a standout engineer in the development and design of a mousetrap car and a toothpick bridge. Kadie has taken the lead in being the most dedicated member of the team to get the job done.” Gentry plans to attend either Ball State University or Southern Utah University majoring in criminal justice.


Dole, son of Marty and Jan Dole, was nominated by Sparks who said, “Andy has been a top performer in honors physics showing intellectual promise at being the best in his class when it comes to applied mathematics. He has also taken a very responsible role with his teammates to produce some of the best entries for the engineering competition at Marshall High School.” Dole is actively involved in FFA, National Honor Society, varsity soccer – serving as captain, and Team MASSIVE. He regularly helps his dad on the farm.  Dole is an outstanding student who has achieved excellence in his classes at MHS.  He plans to attend the University of Illinois to major in Crop Science and return home to work on the family farm following graduation.

Buck is the daughter of Jim and Terri Buck. She is in the running to graduate with the highest academic status of Summa Cum Laude by earning straight As throughout high school while taking the most rigorous classes. In addition, she was recently named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Buck has devoted a great deal of time to MHS' B.I.O.N.I.C. program serving as a freshman mentor to five MHS freshmen. Additionally, she is a member of National Honor Society, serving as president; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; student council, serving as secretary; French Club; varsity volleyball; and WYSE team. She represented Mattoon High School at the Illinois Girls' State program in the summer of 2013. She is actively involved in her church volunteering as an instructor in Vacation Bible School and work camps. Buck plans to major in biological engineering and to play Division III volleyball.

Taylor is the son of Mike and Kelli Taylor. He is in the running to graduate with the highest academic status of Summa Cum Laude by earning straight As throughout high school while taking the most rigorous classes. He is currently serving as senior class treasurer, recording secretary of student council, vice-president of National Honor Society, and drum major of the Pride of the Green Wave Marching Band. He is actively involved in MHS' B.I.O.N.I.C. program serving on the grief team and extended absence team. Taylor is a member of the drama club, Green Wave Singers, scholastic bowl, French Club and WYSE team. He recently starred as the lead role in MHS' fall play, Harvey. Brock works as a teller at Land of Lincoln Credit Union. Additionally, he is a volunteer member of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in the summer. He plans to attend a four-year university and major in biology with a pre-medicine emphasis.

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