(By Derby Jones • Publisher
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Independence High School teacher Gisele Standbridge appreciates overachieving students so much that she has nominated two special students this year for the Goodall Homes Student of the Month award
Lilli Gordon, a senior at Independence, was selected for the February award, while her friend Ashley Haylett was selected in October.
“Lilli is one of the smartest, busiest young leaders I know,” said Standbridge.
Busy is an understatement. Gordon is a member and officer of the student council, student ambassadors, and National Honor Society where she is member in math, science and English that all require community service.
Lilli is also very involved with special needs students through Indy Friends.
“I love interacting with the special needs students,” said Gordon. “I want to make a difference in someone else’s life in a positive way.”
Other activities and community service include volunteering at Willow Springs Nursing Home, Vice President of the Interact club, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Independence Girls Cotillion.
She is also a member of the Independence girls tennis team.
Many people have asked Gordon how she finds time to focus on school, community service and playing tennis.
“I set goals for myself and that keeps me focused,” she said. “I am also lucky to have parents that are very involved in my life. My mom encouraged me to play tennis and get involved in the student council.”
Gordon, who carries a 4.52 GPA, plans to major in biology with hopes of becoming a doctor.
“I love talking and interacting with others,” said Gordon. “Hopefully I can become a doctor and help others as well.”
Currently, Gordon is waiting on scholarships to be awarded which will decide which college to attend next year.
Standbridge could not be more proud of Gordon, who will also compete in the upcoming Interact Four Way Speech Contest this week.
“She is kind-hearted, a hard worker and a leader, and I am very proud to nominate her,” she said.
Rachael Overall, the marketing director of Goodall Homes, spoke of both students selected from Independence during the presentation.
“Ashley and Lilli are both role models, the type of student we are looking for to select for the student of the month,” said Overall.
To nominate a student for the Goodall Homes Student of the Month, visit www.williamsonheald.com
and submit a nomination form.