AUSTIN FORD is our January 2022 Student of the Month.
Austin was nominated because he has been a big-time contributor to Leo throughout his senior year. In addition to starting on the football and basketball teams and maintaining an A-honor-roll GPA, Austin served as MC of the Veterans Memorial Observance at Leo on Friday, Nov. 11 and did a fine job. Three weeks later, he was one of three seniors who shared MC duties at Leo’s annual Scholarship Benefit and performed like a polished public speaker in front of a room full of Leo’s most influential supporters. In the four years he has been at Leo Austin has always done us proud as a Leo representative.
He was on the All Catholic First Team in football and hopes to play football and/or basketball in college while studying business management.
His favorite part about Leo is that “all the kids get along with the teachers.”
JAKEEM COLE is our February 2022 Student of the Month. Jakeem brought strong recognition to Leo when he was named Catholic League Player of the Year for basketball. The Lawless Award recognizes his excellent work in leading Leo to its first Catholic League championship since 2010.
The Lions have since added regional and sectional titles. Jakeem also was named second team All-City by the Chicago Sun-Times. Basketball aside, he is an honor-roll student who is extremely responsible and has no discipline issues.
In addition to basketball, Jakeem is also a member of the cross country team.
After Leo he plans to continue in sports and to graduate from college.
His favorite part about Leo is “the brotherhood and how the teachers are willing to help us students during school and even after school.”
CHRIS MATHIS is our March 2022 Student of the Month. Chris has been an exemplary Leo Man since joining us this year. He is dedicated to his education and takes pride in helping to lift his Leo Brothers up.
He won third place in regionals for wrestling and qualified for sectionals.
Currently, he is a member of the Track & Field Team, and he plans to play football this Fall.
Chris plans to major in business in college, become a firefighter, and start a youth sports program.
His “favorite part about Leo is the brotherhood and connection with the teachers and staff. It feels like a second home.”
NATHANIEL SIMS is the May 2022 Student of the Month. Nathaniel goes the extra mile to succeed in anything that he does. Since coming to Leo he has been involved with the Scholastic Bowl Team, Manager of Leo’s Football and Basketball Teams, a member of the Baseball Team, Student Council Vice President, and Member of The National Honor Society. After graduation he plans to attend college to major in Sports Management/Pre-Law before becoming a sports agent.
“My favorite part of Leo is walking into a new school year, walking past the GREAT alumni who once walked the same halls I walk now.”
EMMANUEL JOHNSON is the August Student of the Month. Emmanuel jumped right in this school year with a drive to excel. Emmanuel takes it upon himself to help and lead his peers at every opportunity. He is clearly a Leo man, even as a freshman.
He is already a member of both the football and wrestling teams. After Leo, he plans to go to a D1 School and graduate college with a 4.0.
His favorite thing about Leo is his brothers.
EDWIN HERNANDEZ is the September Student of the Month. Edwin prides himself on his achievement in the classroom and represented the school very well at the Big Shoulders Fund Auxiliary Ball. He is an impressive freshman who is already showing what it takes to be a Leo Man.
He is already a member of the baseball team and volunteered with a group of Leo Students and the Prostate Cancer Run.
After Leo, Edwin plans to graduate from Northwestern University and pursue his dream of becoming a professional baseball player or firefighter.
His favorite things about Leo are the community and the sports.
THOMAS SIMS is the October Student of the Month. He is a true student athlete. He excels on the field and the classroom. Thomas is a genuine role model to his peers.
Since coming to Leo, Thomas has been a member of the football and track teams and become a member of the Scholastic Bowl Team.
After Leo, Thomas plans to continue his path as a student athlete in college while studying business/finance. He plans to use his studies to eventually reach a life goal of owning multiple car dealerships around the country.
“My favorite part about Leo has been the strong support system and the brotherhood that comes with Leo. One thing about Leo is that we all want to see each other prosper as everyone else may be against us in the end though all Leo men stick together.”
KAM’RON COLBERT is our November 2022 Student of the Month. He spent the month of November putting in an immense amount of work. He has committed himself to his classes and has succeeded. Kam’ron reaches out to his teachers and peers for help regularly. His academic improvement and resourcefulness are qualities that are to be emulated by our other young Lions.
Kam’ron is a member of the Football and Robotics Teams. He hopes to play football in college and is also interested in carpentry.
His favorite thing about Leo is that there is no distraction and everybody can get their work. He also states, “I like how the teachers push you to be a better person.”
Isaiah KNOX has shown a great deal of maturity recently—exhibiting attentiveness in class and diligence on assignments.
Isaiah is a member of the football, wrestling and track teams and also was selected as one of the student leaders from Leo for Safe Streets Chicago.
After graduation, he will be attending UTI, Universal Technical Institute in Lisle,Illinois to become a diesel technician. Eventually, Isaiah would also like to work in real estate.
Isaiah’s favorite thing about Leo is that it is a brotherhood that focused on giving him lifelong lessons.
EVERARDO SANTANA is our January Student of the Month.
He was nominated because he has committed himself to his school work and has consistently stepped up to tutor and provide additional support for his peers who are learning Spanish.
While at Leo, Lalo has been a member of the baseball team, NHS and is a lead tutor in our Tutoring Center.
His post-graduation goals include having a successful business and playing baseball at the next level.
His favorite thing about Leo is the brotherhood.
Joshua Burke is our February 2023 Student of the Month. He was selected for embracing his role as a head tutor and diligence in keeping up with his school work. He happily works to lead younger lions into embracing what it means to be a Leo Man.
This three sport athlete (football, wrestling, and track) plans to play football in college and earn a degree in kinesiology.
Joshua’s favorite thing about Leo is the relationship with his classmates that continues beyond the school.
Christopher Robinson is our March 2023 Student of the Month. He was selected as a great example to his peers. He’s a humble young man and cares for his fellow classmates.
Chris is a member of the Cross Country Team and also a host of Leo’s new podcast.
This budding entrepreneur intends to continue his business Chris Creations after graduation and to attend college.
“My favorite thing about Leo is my friends I call brothers. You will not find people like them anywhere, and I appreciate Leo for bringing us together.”
MATTHEW HERNANDEZ is our April 23 Student of the Month. He was selected for his consistency with high quality work all year.
Matt is a member of the Leo Baseball Team and National Honor Society and has participated in several community service events.
After graduation, Matt plans to continue playing baseball while pursuing his goal of becoming a well known video editor. Ultimately, his dream is to become successful enough to give back to his community.
My favorite thing about Leo is the brotherhood. There aren’t many students at Leo but because of that the connection between each other is strong.”