HMS recognizes October Students of the Month

Hannibal Middle School faculty and staff members selected students from each grade level for October Student of the Month honors. Pictured top row, from left: Laikyn Smashey. sixth grade; Jacob Booker, seventh grade; and Tricia Evanoff, eighth grade. Two students were selected as Character Students of the Month for showing respect. Second row, from left, Lucas Bergman. sixth grade, and Chance Whiteside. seventh grade.
For The Courier-Post
Posted: Dec. 5, 2019 9:30 am Updated: Dec. 5, 2019 4:42 pm

HANNIBAL | Hannibal Middle School faculty and staff members selected five students for October Student of the Month honors — Laikyn Smashey, Jacob Booker and Tricia Evanoff were honored for their academic achievements, and Lucas Bergman and Chance Whiteside were recognized as Character Students of the Month for showing respect.

Laikyn Reese Smashey is the daughter of the late Billy Smashey Sr. and Jaime and Josh Wasson. She is a member of the Tri-City Quest Onyx Cheer Team and the Coloring Club. Laikyn participates in competitive cheer and tumbling. She has been named to the A honor roll, received Student of the Month honors and was the winner of the Veterans Day essay contest. Laikyn enjoys coloring, cheer, crafts, tumbling and running.

Jacob Booker is the son of Harold and Chris Booker. He is a member of the LEAP Program and Art Club. Jacob was nominated for the the Joseph Baldwin Academy. He loves drawing, anime, reading and video games.

Tricia Evanoff is the daughter of Robert J. Evanoff and Holly K. Evanoff.

Lucas Anthony Bergman is the son of Tyler and Leigh Ann Bergman. His nickname is Luke. Lucas is a member of Holy Family Church, 6th grade choir and Rockets Away Club. He has been named to the honor roll. Lucas likes swimming and video games.

Chance Davionne Whiteside is the son of Meagan Lipp and Devin Whiteside. He participates in Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra. Chance received no referrals and received Student of the Month honors. He enjoys football, jiu-jitsu, trampoline flips, jogging and being outdoors.

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