Student of the month: Tony Wallerich

MHS junior Tony Wallerich was named the student of the month for March. He was nominated by two different teachers for inviting a new student to sit with him during lunch and help the same student during speech class. Wallerich stays busy playing on the MHS soccer team. (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.

     Monticello High School junior Tony Wallerich had no clue he was even nominated, let alone selected as Student of the Month for March.

     Early last week Wallerich heard his name during the morning announcements. MHS Counselor Carmen Stenger and speech and oral communications teacher Jessica Hillers both nominated Wallerich for the honor. He was seen inviting a new student (here from Cedar Rapids Kennedy) to sit with him during lunch, as well as helping that same student on his first day of school in speech class, explaining the class assignment.

     Wallerich said he saw the new student sitting alone at lunch “and I went up to him to invite over to my table.

     “And now we’re good friends,” he said.

     Wallerich said being named Student of the Month is quite an honor, nothing he ever thought possible.

     “It’s a good accomplishment,” he said, “for something I did just being my normal self. I like to think I’m generally a nice guy.”

     Wallerich said the news traveled fast because his family members who don’t even live around Monticello got wind of his honor.

     “It’s a nice achievement,” he said.

     At the same time, Wallerich praised Stenger for her assistance with helping him line up his Kirkwood Community College classes so they fit into his schedule.

     He said his favorite thing about high school and school in general is seeing his friends every day, and the teachers.

     “I always find myself talking with the teachers before and after school,” shared Wallerich. He said MHS has some great teachers.

     Wallerich’s favorite class is chemistry with Mr. (Deron) Hakert. “I like the experiments we get to do,” he said. He admitted his least favorite subject right now is Algebra II. “Sauser makes it pretty challenging.”

     Wallerich stays busy as a dedicated soccer player. He also plays football, and previously played basketball.

     Looking ahead beyond his senior year, Wallerich would like to attend a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university. He sees himself pursuing a future with the FBI.

     Wallerich is the son on Janice Wallerich, the art teacher at Monticello Middle School.



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