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Pursell named MCHS Rotary Club student of the month

MINOOKA – Minooka Community High School senior Abbey Pursell, daughter of Tony and Lana Pursell of Channahon, was named the Channahon-Minooka Rotary Club “Student of the Month” for November.

In the classroom, Pursell maintains a 4.04 grade-point-average, on a
4.0 scale, has been honored with academic excellence awards sophomore through senior year, and holds the position of Community Relations Officer for the National Honors Society.

Outside the classroom, Pursell has been very active during her high school career in children’s theatre, fall play, musicals, choir, jazz choir and Madrigals.

Abbey also participates in
band, marching percussion, National Honors Society and speech team.

Away from MCHS, Pursell gives back to the community by volunteering at her church, youth group, directing a teen and children’s choir, providing voice lessons and helping with day break shelter.

“I feel lead to be part of my community because it gives a lot to me,” Pursell said. “It has provided safety, school, religious freedom, friends, and much more. Giving back allows future generations to have all these amazing things and hopefully more.”

“High school students can
make a difference because every person has a voice and an opinion. When you speak up respectively, and you are a part of the community, many will listen,” Pursell added.

After graduation in May, Pursell plans to continue her education at Joliet Junior College studying early childhood education.

Pursell then plans on transferring to Illinois State University where she will continue studying education with a minor in music education.

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