O'Fallon Progress

Max Gibbs, Brooke Witzel are OTHS Students of the Month

Meet O’Fallon High’s female student of the month for January

O’Fallon Township High School Faculty Committee honors two seniors every month for academic excellence, extracurricular success, as well as peer and community leadership skills.
Up Next
O’Fallon Township High School Faculty Committee honors two seniors every month for academic excellence, extracurricular success, as well as peer and community leadership skills.

O’Fallon Township High School seniors Max Gibbs and Brooke Witzel were named the school’s students of the month for January.

Both are accomplished athletes, student and church youth leaders and academic stars at OTHS.

Max, the son of Gary and Karen Gibbs, said it feels “awesome” to be selected by the OTHS Faculty Committee that chooses each month’s honorees.

“There’s so many talented and gifted people at the high school, and you work everyday, and it’s just nice to be recognized,” Max said.

Max’s honors and awards include: National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, OTHS Scholar Athlete Award and Athlete of the Week Award (multiple years), Saturday Scholar standout, Illinois State Scholar honoree and Memorial Foundation Athlete of the Week recipient.

Brooke, the daughter of Robert and Athena Witzel, said she’s “amazed” by her nomination.

“Every person at our school is worthy for countless reasons,” Brooke said.

Brooke’s honors and awards include: French Honor Society member, Golden Endeavor recipient, National Society of High School Scholars member, OTHS Scholar Athlete Award, Saturday Scholar standout, State Commendation toward Biliteracy recipient, Young Women’s Christian Association Future Leader, All Conference Cross Country and Track & Field recipient, Belleville News-Democrat Runner of the Year, Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association South Division Cross Country Class AAA Girls Athlete of the Year, OTHS Cross Country Most Valuable Runner, St. Louis Track Club All-Metro First Team member, Memorial Foundation Athlete of the Week recipient and O’Fallon Writer’s Guild Scholar.

Meet Brooke Witzel

Q: Why do you think you were chosen for student of the month?

A: My character, the way I hold myself, and the way I work in school and outside of school.

Q: What was your ACT composite score?

A: 30

Q: What leadership opportunities have you had?

A: I am a varsity athlete and captain for cross country and track and field teams, and I’m artistic editor for OTHS Endeavors magazine. I’m a youth advisory for Scott Credit Union and volunteer to teach Sunday school for kindergarteners at Faith Family Church.

Q: What are your personal interests or hobbies?

A: I like to make memories with family and friends, play cards, create art, bake sweet desserts, read, take photographs and write stories.

Q: Who are your mentors?

A: My mother, for her influencing me to be an artist; and artists, like Norman Rockwell, for his great storytelling through his art, and Walt Disney, because he preserved the wonder and imagination we all know from our childhoods.

Q: What are your post-graduation plans?

A: In college I hope to expand my ability to create, as well as, strengthen my preparation for employment and enhance my relationship with God… I’ve applied at many types of schools…I’m undecided as to which school is my favorite (but) I am leaning towards art schools.

Q: What advice do you have for other students?

A: (Try) your best at the things that you love and enjoy. Give your all at your passions, and I think that will show through in your character and accomplishments.

Meet Max Gibbs

Q: Why do you think you were chosen for student of the month?

A: I think just being involved in school and community overall, and obtaining as many leadership positions as you can definitely helps.

Q: What was your ACT composite score?

A: 32

Q: What leadership opportunities have you had?

A: This is my third year being a captain on the swim team. And I’m on student council, and I’m on leadership council, which is for all the captains of the sports teams, and we get together and talk about how we can succeed. And, I’m a youth group leader at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

O’Fallon Township High School Faculty Committee honors two seniors every month for academic excellence, extracurricular success, as well as peer and community leadership skills.

Q: What are your personal interests or hobbies?

A: I organized a canned food drive with club swim team, volunteer at my church, St. Nicholas Catholic Church, help the youth group with various philanthropic activities.

Q: What are your personal interests or hobbies?

A: I like to play sports with my friends. A lot of times we just go and play pick up games of basketball and football, and it’ s one of my favorite ways to relieve stress and decompress.

Q: Who are your mentors?

A: I look up to my sister, Maddie, 26, and brother, Mitch, 22, who also, both, went to Purdue, just like our parents did. They showed me how important education can be for success.

Q: What are your post-graduation plans?

A: So next year I plan to complete the family tradition and go to Purdue University. I want to major in business and go to dental school so I can go on to be an orthodontist with my own practice.

Q: What advice do you have for other students?

A: Definitely get involved as much as you can — that’s where you meet all your friends. I think one of the things that’s important is you have to be focused from freshman year, all throughout high school, not just when you start to look at colleges.

If you have school board news, an education tip or photo submissions email reporter Robyn L. Kirsch, rkirsch@bnd.com, 618-239-2690, @BND_RobynKirsch

Extracurricular activities

One of the various elements of being nominated for OTHS’ student of the month is involvement in extracurricular activities at school and in the community.

Max Gibbs: Varsity Football team, varsity mens Swim team, Ultimate Frisbee, Student Council, Edwardsville Breakers Swim Club, St. Nicholas Youth Group, Athletic Leadership Council, FOR Club, Saturday Scholars, swimming lesson instructor for local youth.

Brooke Witzel: Animal Rescue Club volunteer, Athletic Leadership Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FOR Club, Broadcast Club script writer and editor, varsity Cross Country team, varsity Track & Field team, Endeavours literary and artistic contributor and editor, Panther Beat videographer and producer and Faith Family Church volunteer and kindergarten age Sunday school teacher and Toolen’s Running Start employee.

  Comments