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January Student of the Month ~ Neil Knudsen

January Student of the Month Neil Knudsen The Grant Community High School January Student of the Month is senior Neil Knudsen, son of Tom and Debbie Knudsen of Round Lake.

Neil’s academic achievements include induction into the National Honor Society his sophomore year, taking on 10 AP classes in 3 years, scoring a 1420 on his SAT and a 32 on his ACT, as well as holding a remarkable 5.04 GPA.

His extracurricular activities include four years with the basketball program, participation on the Math Team with a state appearance in his sophomore year, Student Council in which he was elected to the Secretary position, work with the Junior and Senior Class Councils, participation on the Principal’s Advisory Council, backstage work with the set crew all 4 years, as well as aiding in the inception of the Student Athletic and Activities Leadership Team.

Neil earned the Service Award with NHS, he was selected for the 2019 NLCC Leadership Conference, participated in the 2019 Illinois Premier Boys State, and received the “Save the Day” award when he filled the absence of an actor in the Sound of Music a mere four days before opening night!

Neil has volunteered around the community in a variety of ways such as the Veterans Ruck March, community garden, Rotary Christmas Party, and the Big Hollow Reading Festival. He enjoys being a Super-Fan Leader, Big Dawg Mentor, and a tutor in the Math Lab.

In addition to all his activities, Neil has worked at Spirit Halloween and Six Flags Great America. He is currently the assistant coach for the 4th grade Grant Feeder Boys Basketball Team. In his spare time, he enjoys political banter, musical theatre, and drinking coffee.

His plans for the future include pursuing a STEM degree accompanied by an Air Force ROTC program. He is looking at Northwestern, UW-Madison, Purdue, and DePaul Universities among others. His career aspirations involve law and political office.