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GCHS/MS January Students of the Month

Glenwood City High/Middle School is proud to announce the January Students of the Month.   Perseverance was the trait identified for the January selection; individuals who have demonstrated the ability to overcome setbacks while maintaining a semblance of normalcy were recognized.  The two students recognized in January have experienced events that could have been debilitating on a number of levels, yet they have been able to exhibit determination and tenacity to emerge stronger than they had been prior.

The January Student of the Month at Glenwood City High School was sophomore Jordan Klatt.  Mr. Gretzlock nominated Jordan and stated, “An unintended consequence of Jordan’s involvement in a tragic accident late last year has led to his ability to overcome, what could have been, a debilitating event.  Understanding that Jordan has had to deal with physical setbacks due to a severe leg injury and to his emotional well-being, only adds to how visible Jordan’s perseverance truly is.  Jordan has continued to battle these challenges, recording significant victories along the way.  Jordan has been able to catch up on all the work that he missed after being out of school for nearly a month and finished the semester successfully…  This does not happen unless there is a sense of resiliency.  In a situation that would have led many to give up and engage in self-pity, Jordan has battled past that and become a model of what perseverance looks like.”  Jordan is the son of Bridgette and Dan Klatt.

The January Student of the Month at Glenwood City Middle School was eighth grader, Collin LaValley.  Collin was recognized by Mr. Gretzlock.  Mr. Gretzlock’s nomination stated, “The loss of a father is something that will forever leave a void in a young man’s life; while Collin has been impacted by his devastating loss, there is little doubt as to the level of perseverance that he possesses.  Collin is oftentimes seen as the quiet young man who simply does as he is asked and if he doesn’t, we sometimes have lost sight of the impact associated with the loss of his dad.  Collin’s mere presence in school and his ability to “look like” a normal middle school student speaks to his character and ability to overcome significant obstacles.”  Collin is the son of Deann LaValley and the late Lee LaValley.

Students of the Month are rewarded by having a lunch provided for them and a friend as well as being issued a unique piece of Hilltopper apparel.  In addition, students are provided with preferential parking (for them or a family member) for all school events.

The staff at Glenwood City High/Middle School would also like to recognize the following students who were nominated for the January Student of the Month as well – Annika Bauman (2021 – Mr. Lamb), Emily Bethell (2020 – Ms. Blackmore), Bryce Drill (2021 – Dr. Ketola), Samantha Peterson (2023 – Ms. Nelson) and Ian Radintz (2023 – Mr. Lamb).