HHS names November Students of the Month

Hannibal High School faculty members selected November Students of the Month from each grade level. Pictured from left: Ashton Watts, freshman; Kaiser Greenwell, sophomore; Hannah Booth, junior; and Cole Gander, senior.
By Courier-Post Staff
Posted: Dec. 4, 2019 10:00 am

HANNIBAL | Faculty members at Hannibal High School selected a student from each grade level as November Students of the Month.

Ninth grade

Ashton Isaac Watts is the son of Damian and Michelle Watts. He competes in football, wrestling and baseball. Ashton's motivation for success in school is “to get into a good college.” He likes to do watersports, and he enjoys playing sports in his free time. His future goal is to go to college.

Tenth grade

Kaiser Greenwell is the son of Ron and Lindsay Greenwell. He competes in football and track and field. He is motivated to succeed in school by sports. Kaiser enjoys hanging out with his friends. His future goal is to be all state in football and in track and field.

Eleventh grade

Hannah Grace Booth is the daughter of Holly and Bobby Booth. She has been named to the A honor roll and the B honor roll. She said her motivations for success in school are “bragging rights over siblings, so I don't get in trouble with parents and if I'm not doing my best, then what's the point?” Hannah reads a minimum of two hours each day and she loves horror movies. She enjoys reading, sleeping, cheating at Uno and drawing. Hannah's future goal is to become a chiropractor.

Twelfth grade

Cole Robert Gander is the son of Aaron and Stacy Gander. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Madison Park Christian Church and is a Sunday School teacher. Cole competes in football. He has been named to the A honor roll, and he said his motivation for success in school is his parents. Cole is an Indianapolis Colts fan. He enjoys football, hunting and fishing. His future goal is to become a wildlife biologist.


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