For this 2020 to 2021 school year, Lecanto High School (LHS) has deemed two very promising seniors “The Student of the Month Award” in the month of December. Kelly Strom and Alan Badolato are both academically and creatively qualified to accept this honor and have worked hard to accomplish it.
When asked what motivated him, Badolato said that it was the people in his life that gave him the extra push of effort and he encourages others to treat people the way they would like to be treated.
“My grandma, my teachers, and my peers all motivated me to do my best,” said Badolato, senior.
Outside of school, Badolato plays basketball and volunteers at his church and around his community. He also maintains a 4.067 GPA and seems to have had a big impact on the next generation of high school students.
“My role is to show the other younger kids that helping out on your own will make more people respect you and I show how to be a leader and not a follower,” said Badolato.
Besides Kelly Strom’s exceptional GPA of a 4.2, she is adamant in pursuing activities involving
“I am on the two-dimensional traditional art pathway in Lecanto School of the Arts (LSA) working on my second AP portfolio, and I am a first-year member of National Art Honors Society (NAHS). I have been an officer for both the drama club and the thespian troupe in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade,” said Strom.
In addition to participating in LSA and NAHS, Strom is also the current president of the drama club and has stated that being in roles of leadership have helped her become more responsible.
“These clubs have allowed me to express myself creatively and learn more about communication and problem-solving,” said Strom.
After graduation Alan Badolato plans to finish his welding certification at Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC), then go to the Iron Worker Union in Tampa to pursue his welding career there. Kelly Strom plans stay in Florida College (FC) and would like to go into Political Science or Arts Management.
Student of the Month is proudly sponsored by Central Citrus Rotary Club. Through their efforts the students for each month are honored with a plaque, which hangs in the school. Additionally, at the end of the year, two seniors will be chosen for Students of the Year and awarded a $1,000 scholarship.