December student of the month

Johnson and Clemons pose for the camera after receiving the news they were each named student of the month for December. [Photo: Louisa Wieczorek]

Johnson and Clemons pose for the camera after receiving the news they were each named student of the month for December. [Photo: Louisa Wieczorek]

Liberty Bensette, Staff Writer- Lecanto High School [LHS] awards two seniors for their academic and well rounded high school career by giving them a student of the month award. The staff, teachers, and heads of each department at LHS examine each students work and behavior over the past month. Together they place a certain amount of students on a list and the students on the list give their own personal backgrounds. Out of all the students on the list two are selected and given the award for being the top students. For the month of December the seniors to receive this award are McKenna Johnson and Chance Clemons.

The first to receive the award is McKenna Johnson, a senior who has participated in many activities around the school. Johnson started up the Lucky Penny Compliment Posters during her freshman year. She was also an editor for the Panther Prowl staff and participates in the anime/Japanese culture club, the robotics club, and the 3-D printing club. Johnson has gather over 180 hours of community service by volunteering at The Friends of Citrus, The Nature Coast Thrift Store, and Culture of Clean.

Academically, McKenna is a part of the prestigious IB program at LHS which she designed the International Baccalaureate [IB] hoodie for in 11th grade. She received an academic letter her sophomore year and received recognition in IB and Pre-IB all four years of school and maintains a 4.66 grade point average [GPA]. Johnson plans on attending Florida State University in hopes to specialize in graphic design. 

The second to receive the award was senior Chance Clemons, Clemons actively participates around the school for the LHS morning show and writes for the journalism club. He also volunteers with the girls weightlifting team, he attends and aids at the meets and helps set up the home meets. Clemons is apart of the business club and the 3-D club. He has earned a plaque for being a top-honors business administration student, the principal’s honor roll for multiple years, and maintains a 3.94 GPA. In addition he has earned certification in a variety of programs including: Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and Quickbooks. He has over 800 community services hours and plans to continue to gather hours until he graduates. Clemons plans on attending University of Florida or University of South Florida to major in computer science. 

These two were perfect candidates for the award and stood out among the many considered for the award.