Junior Austin Potter has been chosen as PBL High School’s February Student of the month. He is the son of Melissa and Chad Potter of Paxton.
Art teacher, Mary Ager, nominated Austin for an unusual act of leadership and courage. Ager wrote, “During a recent home varsity basketball game, the sound system did not play the national anthem as all of the patrons were waiting at attention. Austin started singing and the whole gym followed him in singing! It was truly awesome to be there to see one of our students brave enough to lead 300-plus fans.” It should also be noted that Austin is not highly involved in vocal music although he did admit to doing a little karaoke.
Austin is active in school activities including football, FFA, Blue Crew, and the weightlifting team. Outside of school he loves to hunt and fish and is a member of National Wild Turkey Federation, a conservation group. He is also a member of his church youth group.
Austin has been involved in FFA volunteer projects, he plows snow for elderly neighbors, and he has done community service through his church.
Austin’s future plans are quite specific for a junior. He is looking at Southern Illinois University’s programs in wildlife managements and in wildlife biology. He sees himself eventually working for a state agency like the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.