Joliet Catholic Academy is proud to announce the January Students of the Month: Brittany Boyd (Kiwanis Club), Sam Gutierrez (Lions Club), Haley Pucel (Rotary Club), and Kristen Johnson (Exchange Club).
Brittany Boyd, the daughter of Mr. William Boyd, has been named the Kiwanis Club Student of the Month. Boyd currently holds a 3.60 G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale. She has been named to the Honor Roll all four years of her high school career, and currently is a member of the following Honor Societies: National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honor Society). Boyd is also heavily involved in extra-curricular activities, currently serving in the following offices: President of Key Club, President of French Club, and Secretary of Leo Club. She is also a member of the Student Council, Respect Life Club, Student Ambassadors, Varsity Club, and Movie Club. In her spare time she volunteers tutoring students at St. Mary Nativity Grade School. Brittany is currently undecided on a college, but is choosing between the University of Kentucky and Michigan State University where she plans on pursuing a career in criminal law.
Sam Gutierrez, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gutierrez, has been named the Lions Club Student of the Month. Gutierrez currently boasts a 4.37 G.P.A on a 5.0 scale. Sam has gained distinction with the following academic honors throughout his high school career: National Honor Society (where he serves as a Historian), Spanish National Honor Society, Guitar Class Medal of Honor, and Illinois State Scholars. Sam also serves in several leadership positions throughout the school as captain of the boys basketball team, Founder/President of Movie Club, officer in Respect Life Club, Student Ambassadors, Spanish Club, and the Hill Zone (JCA’s student cheering section). In his spare time Sam volunteers at St. Vincent DePaul for clothing drives and once represented the Diocese of Joliet as part of Archbishop Cupich’s installation. He also enjoys playing the guitar, working out, and hanging out with friends. Gutierrez plans on attending either Miami (Ohio), University of Illinois, or Boston College where he will major in political science with hopes of becoming a lawyer one day.
Haley Pucel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Pucel, has been named the Rotary Club Student of the Month. Pucel currently holds a 3.79 G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale. Throughout her academic career at JCA she’s earned the following honor: National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, “A” Honor Roll since freshmen year, and the recipient of the Bronze Medal in the National French Contest. Haley is also a member of the Drama Club, Math Team, Student Ambassadors, French Club, and the Respect Life Club. In her spare time she enjoys dancing as a member of the competitive dance team at Starr Dance Studio. She also volunteers her time at the studio teaching dance. Haley is currently undecided on her college choice, but plans to major in nutrition/dietetics with the goal of becoming a dietician.
Kristen Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson, has been named the Exchange Club of Joliet’s Student of the Month. Kristen currently holds a 4.69 G.P.A. on a 5.0 scale. During her career at JCA she has been honored with the following academic distinctions: member of the “A” Honor Roll for every semester, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Mu Alpha Theta. Kristen has also been a member of the cross-country and track programs, earning four varsity letters in cross-country, and captaining both squads her senior year. In addition to her academic and athletic accomplishments, Kristen also is involved in several extra-curricular clubs: Student Ambassadors, Spanish Club, 41*88* Art and Literary Magazine (where she served as co-editor as a junior). She also volunteers her free time as a tutor for National Honor Society and at Hopeful Tales animal shelter in the summer months. Kristen plans on studying computer or electrical engineering in college, with hopes of earning a master’s degree in one of those fields.