The faculty and administration of Community High School would like to congratulate Maria Barajas for being chosen Student of the Month for November.
As a student at Community High School, Maria has received numerous accolades. In the last four years she has been named an Illinois State Scholar and a National Merit Scholar. Maria has been inducted into the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society. In addition to these academic awards, Maria’s teachers are quick to point out that many of her greatest strengths reside in her ability to teach and learn with her fellow students. One teacher notes, “She has been an excellent ambassador for our school” and “She is respectful of others’ opinions and ideas and maturely shares her convictions.” Another teacher adds, “Her attitude is contagious and she is well respected by her peers and her teachers.” Another commented, “Maria is a good role model for her fellow students and has high aspirations.”
In addition to her classroom accomplishments, Maria has more than distinguished herself as a CHS leader. She has been a member of student council all four years of her high school career, and this year Maria was elected Student Counsel Executive President. As a member of the Operation Snowball Club, Maria was selected as a Teen Director for her junior and senior years. Maria has been an active member of InterAct Club, Skills USA, and still found some time to be a French Peer Tutor.
Moreover, Maria is a positive influence in our community. In addition to working with several service oriented organizations at CHS, Maria volunteers a great deal of her time in the community of West Chicago. Maria can be found singing in the choir at St. Mary’s Church as well as serving the less fortunate. Maria notes that her favorite service project involved working with new American citizens and interpreting at the Mexican Consulate.
Maria provides this advice to future CHS students, “Get involved, it will let you discover an inner passion or maybe just provide you the opportunity to meet a few new friends.” She also cautions, “If you are going to be part of something, don’t do it for a resume, do it because you love it.” Maria would like take advantage of the fact that she is trilingual and use this skill as she investigates options in the medical field. For now, Maria plans to attend college in the Midwest and remain involved with student government.
The administration, faculty, and staff at Community High School congratulate Maria on all of her accomplishments and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.
- Chris Covino
- Language Arts Division Head & Activities Director
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