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November, 2015: Jake Stevenson

1-DSCN0951Senior Jake Stevenson has been named PBL High School’s Student of the Month for November.  He is the son of Mark and Karen Stevenson of rural Ludlow.

Senior English teacher Nancy Streitmatter nominated Jake for his diligence in pursuing  his academic education.  She wrote, “Jacob joined AP English this year with commitment and dedication.  He diligently completed his summer work to prepare for the start of the school year.  Immediately, when the school year began, he came forward as a leader in discussion.  He is always willing to share his thoughts and ideas, often prompting his classmates to think about content from a different angle.  He has invested himself fully in the learning process and making himself both a better reader and writer.  He is truly self-reflective and puts forth consistent efforts to implement what he learns for his personal betterment.  Additionally, he has kept up with his work through a busy football season as his team made the state playoffs.  He completes his work regardless of his other obligations.  His time management has been impressive.  In fact, he intentionally took a study hall following the class period to do his English work and then dedicates whatever extra time is needed outside of the school day as well.”

Jake’s school activities include football, basketball, Scholastic Bowl, and the weight-lifting team. He was recently named to both the all-conference offense and defense football teams.  As a member of the school’s ICE program, he spends his mornings working at Farmers-Merchants National Bank.  He is also kept busy with his research project for Biological Science Applications in Agriculture.  He is testing different feeds to determine differences in how they affect growth in chickens.

Outside of school, Jake works as both a referee and an umpire for the Paxton Park District.

Jake plans to study Business Management and play football at a 4-year college

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