Student of the month: Mykaila Holub

MHS freshman Mykaila Holub is the December student of the month. Holub was nominated by her art teacher for going above and beyond on a project to help combat hunger. (Photo by Kim Brooks)
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. 

MHS freshman Mykaila Holub is the student of the month for December. 

Holub said she found out about the honor by her art teacher, Jane Woodhouse. It was actually Woodhouse who nominated her, saying: “Mykaila has put in a great deal of effort on the Empty Bowl Project to benefit hunger relief. It was not required for the pottery class, but she has devoted her time to it, demonstrating the PBIS value of caring.” 

Holub said unlike middle school, she likes the fact that she can pick and choose her classes in high school. And one of those classes was pottery class. 

“I never knew about it and I’m pretty good at it,” she admitted. “I like trying hard classes.” 

Holub said the class is actually pretty fun because the students get to express themselves through their artwork. For instance, she is working on an “issue box” where the students got to choose an issue important to them and showcase it through a keepsake box. Holub chose animal abuse. 

“I’m illustrating it on the box with a broken heart and a dog,” she said. 

The Empty Bowl Project is an international project to fight hunger around the world. Holub said the assignment was just to make one bowl; she made extras. 

“It’s for people who don’t have enough money for food. I have been there myself,” she explained. “I just thought it would be nice to do.” 

Holub said one bowl only took about 25 minutes to make, so creating more didn’t take a huge amount of time. 

“I had it done in a week,” she said of using her class time. 

Holub said Woodhouse and some of her other teachers who congratulated her were happy she was named student of the month. 

“My grandparents also saw the ad in the paper,” she said. 

Holub said she was surprised she was nominated, let alone received the honor out of all of the other high school students who could have gotten it. 

“I didn’t even know it was a thing,” she admitted. 

The honor comes at the perfect time, as Holub prepares to transfer schools to Cedar Rapids yet this month. 

She expressed that she’ll miss her friends she’s made here at MHS, but is looking forward to making new friends with a bigger school district. 

Holub said the classes in high school are definitely preparing her for her future. 

“They help me become what I want to be,” she said. “We get to work toward what we want to do.” 

He favorite subject is a tie between P.E. and art/pottery. 

“I like physical activity a lot, and in art, I can express myself through my pottery and design it how I want it to look.” Holub said she never thought she would enjoy pottery as much as she has. 

Her weakest/least favorite subject is math. 

Aside from hanging out with friends, Holub also enjoys spending time with all of her pets: dogs, cats, and even a pet mouse. 

Holub is the daughter of Tina Holub of Monticello and Eric Holub of Cedar Rapids. 


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