MSHS Student of the Semester
Each semester, one student is selected to represent their grade level from MSHS.
Students are selected based on good citizenship and going above and beyond in the classroom.
Students are nominated by teachers and staff.
Andrew Robinson -Freshman
Student’s ambition(s) or dream(s): I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but it will probably be something with computers.
Additional Comments: (Joking) Just don’t be bad. (More Serious) Be the best you can possible be.
Parents’ comment(s) or quote: Andrew is a great kid. He makes it easy to be a parent. He is kind and genuinely cares about others. On a lighter note he has a sarcastic sense of humor which makes him fun to be around.
Teacher comments: From day one in August, Andrew has struck the perfect balance between his considerable giftedness and being a down-to-earth, approachable classmate. In fact, Andrew is also highly valued by his classmates because he’s genuinely eager to help others, excited to see them make the same discoveries he’s made, and they can sense that. To me, that speaks volumes.
Abby Loven - Sophomore
Student’s ambition(s) or dream(s): My dream is to find a career where I can both work with animals as well as have a role in the business world.
Additional Comments: I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities that I’ve been given at MSHS.
Parents’ comment(s) or quote: Abby is self-motivated and always willing to work hard to accomplish her goals. She’s able to keep a healthy balance between school work and the extracurricular that she loves. We are so proud of the bright, caring, young woman she has become.
Teacher comments: It didn’t take long for Abby to acclimate to the honors pathway. And that’s because of what she brings into our class each morning: heartwarming perseverance, attention to detail, and an energy and smile which are contagious. All great stuff, but the #1 reason I nominated Abby is her curiosity; she loves to discover and make sense of things, and her curiosity compels Abby to selflessly ask questions which helps her classmates every day.
Shaelin Ruzich - Junior
Student’s ambition(s) or dream(s): I want to go to a university that will challenge me academically. Also, I hope to run and pole-vault as a collegiate athlete.
Additional Comments: I am so honored and appreciative to have been nominated this award and I want to say thank you. Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” I chose to put this in here because this quote has so much truth to it and I hope it motivates other students like it does for me.
Parents’ comment(s) or quote: We are extremely proud of Shaelin and the effort she puts into school, the community, and extracurricular activities. We are thankful for the teachers’ support and school recognition.
Teacher comments: In 22 years of teaching, I can’t remember a student who has grown more in one semester than Shaelin Ruzich. Moving to a new school midway through your high school career is difficult enough, but jumping into the honors math pathway makes it even more daunting. She is so tough-minded, courageous and inspiring to all of us.
Jillian Jordan - Senior
Student’s ambition(s) or dream(s): I am going to Butler University in the fall for Pharmacy / Health Sciences.
Additional Comment: I would like to thank my teachers for this nomination. It’s quite an honor.
Parents’ comment(s) or quote: I’m so proud of Jillian! She works hard in school and in all of her extra-curricular activities. It has been so fun to watch her grow over the years.
Teacher comments: Jillian is one of the strongest leaders in our choral department. Her mature approach to the rehearsal process is greatly appreciated. She’s talented and dependable in Madrigals, and I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to teach students like her!
Luke Busch H.E.A.R.T. Award
Luke Busch was a student at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. The Busch family established the Luke Busch H.E.A.R.T. Award in his memory.
Students are selected based on:
Helpfulness, Effort, Acceptance, Respect and Tolerance
The award is given quarterly to one student in each grade level at MSJH.
Students are nominated by their teachers and staff.
Sixth-Grade, Tucker Loven
Nominated by Phil Meyer, Band Teacher
“Ever since I first met Tucker in fifth grade, he has consistently been an outstanding member of the band not only in his musical efforts both in and out of class, but in his attitude and appreciation for what music can be. He leads by example and with great humility, and it is for these reasons I nominated Tucker Loven to be the recipient of the Luke Busch Heart Award.”
From A Note from Meg and Erick Loven, Tucker’s Parents
“We are so proud of Tucker and I know that he will be thrilled to be recognized as a Luke Busch Heart Award recipient! Ever since he was little, Tucker has impressed us with the empathy he shows for the people around him. He knew early on that he could have a positive impact on someone’s day, from supporting his friends and family to making someone smile or laugh or just sharing a kind word. We love his humor and his hugs, and are so proud of the bright and capable young man he’s growing to be.”
Seventh-Grade, Mason Orton
Nominated by Emily Patrick, Math Teacher
“I have been very impressed with Mason as I have gotten to know him this year, and I really enjoy having him as a student. One of the first things I noticed is that he constantly strives to do his best and to learn as much as possible in any given situation. He is curious and inquisitive about subject matter while remaining positive and friendly with his peers. He is the first person I can expect to help others when they are struggling, and he does so in a way that is respectful and kind to his classmates. His big heart and his strong leadership skills serve him well as he builds relationships with other students and his teachers, and I look forward to seeing what Mason accomplishes in his future.”
A note from Mike and Darlia Orton, Mason’s parents
“We are always proud of Mason’s accomplishments in the classroom, on the baseball field, and on the basketball court. We are also very proud of Mason when his character gets recognized by others. He always thinks of others before himself. His huge heart makes him a great teammate, classmate, and a friend to many. His goals are to make good grades, play baseball as long as he can, and see where opportunities take him. Mason has the motto of “be the best you” and we are proud to see him live that out every day. “
Eighth-grade Kaile Jeffers
Nominated by Becky McFarland, ELA teacher
“Kaile is an enthusiastic learner with a positive attitude. She is committed to doing her best and takes responsibility for her learning. She enhances group discussions with her insightful comments. Kaile also shows thoughtfulness and kindness by looking out for, and helping, others and is a leader among her peers.”
A Note from Kolby and Jenna Jeffers, Kailie’s parents
“We are so proud of the choices you are making! It's great to hear that your peers and leaders of your school think so highly of you. Keep strong in your faith & shoot for the stars when it comes to your dreams. Your family will always be your biggest fans. You are so loved. Keep up the hard work kiddo!”
Vance Clark, son of Melissa and Travis Clark was nominated by Miss Caroline Hopper. Vance is always willing to help others, he is on time, caring, responsible and he looks out for others. Vance shows a great deal of compassion towards his peers.
Vance would like to be a basketball or football player someday. Mr. and Mrs. Clark shared that Vance is a wonderful big brother, friend, son and person. He will be a responsible adult! Vance will be a great basketball player and role model.
Jack McPherson, son of John and Kelly McPherson was nominated by Mrs. Alice Smith. Jack is on task daily and has become an example for the other students.
Jack’s dream is to work with computers and develop games. Mr. and Mrs. McPherson shared that Jack is a true miracle. He was born 16 weeks early and has overcome more in 14 years than most. Jack continues to amaze us with the young man he is becoming, we couldn’t be prouder of him.
Quentin Torney, son of Valerie and Francois Torney was nominated by Mrs. Brittany Immormino. Quentin shows maturity, a willingness to help everyone, a positive attitude and is dedicated to doing his best each day.
Quentin’s dream is to become a neurosurgeon and to save lives. I want to discover the world and build new technologies so that lives can be better. I would like to go to many different countries to learn about them. Mr. and Mrs. Torney shared that they were very happy for Quentin winning the Luke Busch award. As parents, we feel a swell of pride that our boy exemplifies the values we try to transmit him through our everyday parenting. We shared with him how proud we are that he applies these values at school and at home. These values and the behaviors they entail are an important part of the foundation he needs to establish to reach his goals as a person.