Perryton High School seniors Jocelyn Medina and Jacob Schollenbarger have been chosen as the first Students of the Month for the school year by the Perryton Rotary Club.
They attended a Rotary Club meeting and shared their thoughts about life in high school and their future plans.
Medina is the daughter of Janette and Johnathan Sandoval. She has two siblings, Samantha and Jakobe Sandoval.
At PHS, she is involved in volleyball, softball and track, as well as student council and choir.
On her favorite subjects, she said, “I enjoy math because it comes easily to me and is very systematic. I enjoy anatomy because I love learning about the human body. I also very much enjoy athletics, as I love to compete and play.”
She listed Cami Skaggs, gifted and talented teacher, as the one who has influenced her the most in her school years. “Her classroom was my escape, somewhere I knew I could think and act upon my ideas freely,” Medina said.
Advice she would offer underclassmen is “to take high school day by day, don’t freak out! It can be overwhelming, but you will get through it. Also, to enjoy it. It goes by so quickly and these times are memories that will last you a lifetime.”
She plans to attend Texas A&M and major in biology on the pre-med track. She then plans to go to medical school and become a trauma surgeon.
Schollenbarger is the son of Jeff and Melanni Schollenbarger. He has one sister, Lanie.
He is involved in choir, theatre, football and track. Choir is his favorite subject “because music is my passion,” as is math “because I enjoy problem solving.”
When asked about his favorite teacher, he said “I have been influenced by many, many awesome teachers and coaches, and to be honest, I don’t think I could pick just one. Many of their life lessons will stick with me, and I am grateful for them all.”
Advice he would give to underclassmen is, “I would advise underclassmen to enjoy every moment of high school as much as possible, because it does not last as long as it seems.”
Schollenbarger plans to attend Colorado Christian University or Dallas Baptist University and pursue a degree in music ministry.
They will enjoy a special parking place at PHS for a month, in recognition of their honor.