Aftandilov and Haas Named January Students of the Month

Posted on February 19, 2018 by


January’s students of the month are two students who are heavily involved in both their community and school.

Grace Aftandilov is an active member of FBLA, National Honor Society, Outdoor Club, Student Council, Rho Kappa, Relay for Life, Envirothon, and Model UN. She’s also heavily involved in the community with Girl Scouts, Relay for Life’s Safe Trick or Treat and relay, and her local food banks.

Aftandilov’s plans for after high school are to attend a college to major in Environmental Studies with a minor in Global Relations. Someone Aftandilov greatly admires is Amal Clooney.  Aftandilov believes Amal has set a new standard for what it means to be a well-educated woman with power that can graciously help others, single-handedly redefining the molds of human rights to bravely benefit all of humanity.

January’s other student of the month is the very academically active Benjamin Haas.  Haas is heavily involved in school with clubs like FBLA and National Honor Society, as well as concert band, marching band, jazz band, Men’s chorus, and vocal ensemble. Haas also plays soccer, tennis, and does indoor track. Ben helps his community by spending time volunteering at his church, Friend Inc., Opportunity House, highway cleanup, community parades, and the school’s craft show.

“I think senior year classes are harder, and this year I’ve gotten more involved and exposed to other clubs and activities, so my opportunities have grown,” Haas said.

Haas plans to attend a four-year school to study in actuarial science or accounting in the hopes of becoming an actuary later in life. Haas really admires his grandfather due to his ability to always live life to the fullest and always focused on the optimistic side.  Haas also admired his grandfather’s sense of humor that could dissolve tension or sadness.

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