Student of the month: Shawn Jackson


MHS sophomore Shawn Jackson was named the April Student of the Month. Jackson, who sticks to his studies, plays on the JV football team. (Photo by Kim Brooks)
By: 
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.

     Sophomore Shawn Jackson stays focused on his schoolwork. For that reason and others, Jackson was nominated for Student of the Month for April.

     “Shawn was nominated for his good work ethic and for being polite, courteous, and helpful to staff and students,” shared Rebecca DeWitte, MHS English teacher.

     Jackson said he always strives to treat others with respect and help out in his classes when needed.

     “I volunteer my assistance,” he said. “I hold the doors open for my classmates, pick things up if someone dropped them; it’s just the way I was taught.”

     In his STEM class, where the students learn about running their own business and being entrepreneurs, Jackson said he helps with the dishes after their batches of making popcorn. He is treasurer of the class as well.

     Jackson said he found out about the honor from his biology teacher, Kayla Schockemoehl.

     “It’s pretty awesome,” he said of the recognition.

     Jackson is originally from Montezuma, but moved to Monticello during the summer before his freshman year at MHS.

     “I like the community,” he said. “Everyone is really nice and always friendly.”

     Aside from keeping busy with schoolwork, Jackson is on the junior varsity football team.

     He also spends time earning money by working for a local farmer and at Pizza Ranch.

     “I used to help my Grandfather with field work,” he said of the farming experience.

     He said he doesn’t really have a favorite class or subject. “I like all of them,” answered Jackson, though offered that he really enjoys “shop” (industrial technology) because he gets to work with tools.

     His least favorite subject is English.

     “Because I’d rather be in the shop,” joked Jackson.

     He resides in Monticello with his dad, Steve Jackson, and siblings. His mom, Dusty Jackson, resides in Montezuma.

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