The Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club honored Olivia Spangler of Alton High School and Ben Moginot of Marquette Catholic High School as February’s Students of the Month.
Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the club has temporarily suspended meetings but will continue to honor exceptional high school students.
Spangler, daughter of Scott and Stacey Spangler of Godfrey, is president of the Alton High School Class of 2021.
She has a GPA of 4.535, which places her 13th in a class of more than 500 seniors. She also has an excellent SAT score of more than 1,500. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She has also received the University of Illinois System’s Salute to Illinois Scholars Certificate of Academic Achievement.
Despite being so busy with her studies, she has kept busy with extracurricular activities. She has been a member of the AHS Student Council for four years. As a junior, she was the class vice president and as a senior she is president. She is also a member of the Physics Club, the Redbird Nest and played on the Powder Puff Football team.
She has also been involved in many community service activities. She has done work with the Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break program at the First Christian Church of Wood River. This is a respite care program for families of children with special needs. She has worked at this for at least four hours a month for the past four years. She has also worked with the Special Olympics as a unified athlete for several years. She has also been a children’s church worker and a counselor at two summer camps. One of these is an all-girls camp in Indiana and the other is a Christian camp in Bond County, Ill.
Even though she has been so busy with all of this, she has also found time to work in part-time jobs. One of these was as a coach for the Alton Math Games. This was a program sponsored by SIUE and the Young People’s Project. She has also been a photography assistant for Emily Dobson and worked on the tech crew for the Alton Little Theater, plus babysitting.
For her future plans, she wants to go teach special education and eventually become a school administrator. She has been awarded the Provost Scholarship to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Ben Moginot is a high school senior who attends Marquette Catholic High School in Alton. He is the son of Robert and Michael Moginot.
Moginot played soccer for Marquette during freshman and sophomore year and was a member of the scholar bowl team. He acts as a lector for Marquette's campus ministry group and participates in the yearly ACES (Academic Challenge in Engineering & Science) academic competition. He has an interest in literature and the sciences, and he hopes to pursue a degree in environmental studies at a university.
The students will receive plaques in recognition of their selection as Students of the Month of February 2021.