JCA announces October Students of the Month

Joliet Catholic Academy President/Principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz is proud to announce the October Students of the Month: Aryka Adelmann (Kiwanis Club), Amanda Nelson (Rotary Club), Michael Butler (Lions Club), and Margaret Runde (Exchange Club). JCA is proud of the success these students have exhibited both in the classroom and out in the community.

Aryka Adelmann, daughter of Curt and Sharon Adelmann, currently holds a 4.62 GPA while taking Honors classes. Adelmann is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honor Society). She also currently serves as the Senior Class president, Key Club president, and vice president of Respect Life Club. Adelmann plans on majoring in business and attending law school post-grad. She also plans to continue missionary work and travel the world to assist those in need.

Amanda Nelson, daughter of Kenneth and Kathryn Nelson, currently holds a 4.73 GPA in Honors and AP courses. Nelson is a member of National Honor Society (where she serves as the vice president of JCA’s chapter), Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta. She was recently named a National Merit Commended Student. Nelson also serves as the senior class Student Council treasurer, an assistant stage manager in the JCA Drama Club, and is also a member of the Math Team and Habitat for Humanity Club. Nelson plans on attending University of Wisconsin-Madison or Northwestern University, with hopes of attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician.

Michael Butler, son of Thomas and Margaret Butler, currently holds a 3.55 GPA at JCA. Butler is currently a captain of the JCA varsity football team, a member of the varsity tennis program, and a member of the Respect Life Club. Away from school, he participates in an F.B.I. training program and has volunteered to help children with special needs. Butler plans on attending Northwestern University, Butler University, or Pepperdine University while majoring in Political Science, Economics, or Engineering.

Margaret Runde, daughter of Andy and Sue Runde, currently holds a 4.93 GPA in JCA’s Honors program while also taking several AP classes. Runde is the Executive Board President of Student Council, Key Club vice president, co-president of Habitat for Humanity, and a member of the girls varsity basketball and golf teams. She is also a member of the JCA Drama Club, where she starred as Mrs. Potts in JCA’s adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” this past spring. Runde received the highest GPA award during her freshman, sophomore, and junior years at JCA. She received a Ronald Regan Student Leader Award, is a Commended National Merit Scholar, and a member of National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. Outside of school, Runde serves as a eucharistic minister at the Cathedral of St. Raymond’s Parish, works as a pro-shop attendant at the Joliet Country Club, and also volunteers as a mentor for the Joliet Miracle league. She is undecided on her college choice, with plans to major in speech pathology.

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