Student of the month: Bekah Foster

Bekah Foster was named Student of the Month for October. Her teacher, Mrs. Cook, nominated her for her kindness toward a substitute teacher, and how helpful Foster was with the sub. Foster stays busy working and taking part in school activities such as cheerleading and choir. (Express file photo)
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     Each month, Monticello High School nominates a student who exhibits positive behavior, as part of an initiative called PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). The students support the school’s characteristics of Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Safety, and Integrity.

     “I’m very surprised I got this just by helping a substitute.”

     Rebekah (Bekah) Foster, a senior at Monticello High School was recognized as Student of the Month for October. Foster was nominated by her Intro to Computers teacher Amanda Cook, who stated, “Bekah was very helpful to the sub and other students when I was gone from class. The sub left a very nice note about Bekah and how helpful and positive she was.”

     Foster said she never thought she’d ever be nominated for Student of the Month, let alone recognized for just helping a substitute teacher for one day of class.

     “This is a big accomplishment for me,” she said.

     Foster found out about the honor from her English teacher, Megan Broadbent.

     “She congratulated me on Monday and I had no idea why,” Foster shared.

     She said during Mrs. Cook’s class, the students were having trouble connecting to the Internet. So, Foster was able to contact Cook, despite her absence, and gave the rest of the class instructions on how to proceed.

     Her Intro to Computers class was also taking a test that day, and Foster helped to cheer up her classmates, feeding them encouragement.

     “I told everyone they were going to do good, and not fail,” she said.

     Intro to Computers is a Kirkwood Community College course that is taught at MHS.

     Foster said upon graduation, she plans to attend Kirkwood to complete her general education courses and transfer to the University of Northern Iowa for either early childhood education or paralegal studies.

     Foster said while both are two totally different courses of action, she loves being around kids and working with younger kids, which is why she sees herself in education. However, she also likes to study law.

     “I like to see things get accomplished,” Foster said. “I know becoming a lawyer involves a lot of schooling, so I thought a paralegal is the next best thing.”

     Foster has been working in the kitchen at Karde’s 151 for two and a half years. She said she enjoys everyone she works with because they all get along so well.

     She likes school because she gets to see her friends every day. Between school and working four days a week, Foster said she doesn’t have too much time to spend hanging out.

     Though when she does have free time, she likes to go to the movies with her friends.

     Foster’s favorite subject in school is history, a topic she admitted she used to loathe.

     “High school history classes make me actually want to learn,” she said.

     Her least favorite subject is math because she said she’s not very good at it.

     As far as school activities, Foster is involved in basketball and football cheerleading, speech and choir. She also spends time putting in community service, helping the sixth grade classes at the middle school.

     “I help the teachers with paperwork and filing,” she said.

     Foster is the daughter of Jerame and Stephanie Foster of Monticello.



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