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May Student of the Month

Abbey Resendes with student trustee.jpgThe Student of the Month for May is Abbey Resendes, a Grade 12 student at Leamington District Secondary School.

Abbey is a perfect example of a well-rounded student. She is a member of Leamington’s CROSSFIT club, where she trained 4 times a week to compete in a 5-week long worldwide online competition, the CROSSFIT Open. Abbey placed 55th in Canada in her age group, an achievement that is a testament to her hard work and dedication.

As a member of the student team that designed Leamington’s outdoor courtyard, Abbey sifted through 700 surveys to develop a design that would benefit the school community and the environment.

During the holidays, Abbey collected cans to donate to families and she helped to bring in almost 50,000 cans for the Leamington community.

Abbey was a leader in planning a party for Leamington’s STEPS students. She took on the task of matching the students with buddies to accompany them to the party. She spent time getting to know the students and made sure they were ready and comfortable to celebrate at the party.

An avid volunteer with the Southwestern Ontario Gleaners, Abbey takes the time to do her part to reduce food waste and feed others by volunteering after school. She is also a co-op student at this organization where she has learned that volunteers can make a tremendous impact on a community.

Last month Abbey teamed up with LDSS’s Hospitality department, ESL program and EcoTeam to plan a school-wide plant-based lunch. She decided to do this when she discovered that less than 2% of her school population were eating enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet (data taken from Waterloo Compass survey). She hoped that the lunch would educate students that vegetables can be delicious and that plant-based meals are good for the planet. Abbey received a Speak- Up grant through the Minister’s Student Advisory Council to feed 900 staff and students. The lunch consisted of a variety of plant-based options from veggie wraps to vegetarian chili, a hummus bar and a fruit bar.

Along with these fantastic accomplishments, Abbey is a four year honor roll student, a skating coach, an SHSM student, a mock trial champion, an EcoTeam member and the Student Council Diversity Representative.

Abbey is a perfect example of a student leader, a great person and an excellent chef. Congratulations to Abbey Resendes on being selected by Student Senate as the May Student of the Month.