Student of the month: Sydney Hansen

Sydney Hansen, a senior at MHS, was named Student of the Month for November. Hansen was nominated for exhibiting the PBIS characteristics, especially during the MHS blood drive in November. Hansen is regularly seen on the basketball court, and plans to pursue a degree in OB nursing after graduation. (Photo by Pete Temple)
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

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

     Monticello High School Senior Sydney Hansen is Student of the Month for November. Hansen said a teacher who voted for her for the honor told her she was named Student of the Month. That evening, her mother informed her she was named Student of the Month, having read the news on the school district’s website.

     “I’m honored because only certain people get nominated who perform certain deeds,” shared Hansen. “I never expected this; I try to do good things for others without the reward.”

     Hansen was nominated by her English teacher Megan Broadbent who said, “She was so helpful with the blood drive, and has always demonstrated the characteristics of a PBIS student. She is respectful to her peers and teachers, always takes responsibility for her actions, and shows integrity through her actions and school work.”

     Hansen said she helped with the Nov. 14 blood drive by making posters, and assisting those who were there to donate blood by getting them snacks.

     “We went way over our goal,” Hansen said of the amount of pints of blood they wanted to see donated.

     Hansen is also helpful in the classroom at school. “I’m respectful of others, and responsible in what I do,” she said. “I care for others.”

     Hansen said she takes pride in genuinely being a happy and positive person.

     “I’m always in a good mood,” she added. “I’m not a bad-mood person.”

     As a senior, Hansen said after graduation, she’ll definitely miss her friends “and everyone I know around town.”

     Hansen plans to attend Kirkwood Community College after high school to start her nursing degree. From there, she wants to transfer to Allen College in Waterloo. “I want to be an OB nurse,” she said. “I’ve always liked nursing.”

     Hansen said family and friends who are in the nursing field and work as OBs. She also took on two different job shadow experiences with OB nurses to get a first-hand account of the job.

     “I volunteer at Above & Beyond,” she said of giving back to the community and learning from a great field of local nurses.

     In her free time, Hansen enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also likes to go hunting during deer and turkey seasons.

     Hansen’s favorite class in school is science; her least favorite, math. “I like studying biology and anatomy,” she said. “I’m not a math person.”

     Hansen also stays pretty busy with her school activities: basketball, softball, FFA and National Honor Society.

     Hansen is the daughter of Jason Hansen and Kim Kray of Monticello.



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