The Mineral Point Kiwanis Club honored its May Students of the Month at its meeting Tuesday, May 19 at the Pointer Cafe. This is the final group of students to be honored for the 2014-15 school year.
The students, who are members of the senior class, are selected for this honor through a voting process by staff at the school, and their biographies are written by themselves.
Reo is the daughter of Amy Graber and stepdaughter of Tim Lindholm. She has one brother, Bodie, and three sisters: Tea, Sammi, and Rori.
She has been involved in 4-H for 10 years now where she has participated in many events. Reo has shown photography, artwork, vegetables, swine, and beef at the Iowa County Fair since the 3rd grade. Also, Reo shows her beef projects at Badger Kick-Off, Lancaster Spring Preview, and Wisconsin State Fair. Along with 4-H, she has also been on the softball team for three years.
She worked at Culver’s and Barn 23 in the past, and she currently works at View Point Meat and Cheese and Reynolds’ Livestock. Some of her hobbies include reading, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with friends.
After high school, Reo plans to attend Southwest Tech to complete her general education. She then plans to transfer to UW-Platteville or UW-Madison to major in biology with a minor in animal science. After her major, Reo hopes to attend med school to achieve her dream of becoming an OB/GYN doctor.
Someone that has impacted Reo’s life in a positive manner is her mother, Amy Graber. Her mom taught Reo to always keep her head up no matter what brought her down. She motivated her daughter to not be afraid of doing something you might regret not doing later. Amy taught her daughter how to show her beef animals in 4-H and has improved and critiqued her showmanship to this day. Amy has always been there for Reo through the good and the bad.
Finally, Reo would like to thank the Kiwanis club and congratulate Tucker on becoming the other Student of the Month.
“Reo is an extremely talented artist,” said Lesley Macaulay. “Some people study for years to become a good artist and then there are people like Reo who were born with an unbelievably talented gift.”
Tucker is the son of Thomas Cabezas and Ann Biba and step son to Scott Biba and Caron Swindall.
Throughout the years at Mineral Point Schools, he has participated in many events and activities. He has participated in soccer since he was very young and still plays to this day. He took part in math team when he was in 7th and 8th grade and took 2nd and 1st place overall in the competitions. He has played the oboe in band since he was in 5th grade and has been to state solo/ensemble as part of the high school woodwind ensemble several times.
Last year he went on a mission trip to Cincinnati, Ohio with the local youth group. He has maintained a job at Point Foods for most of his senior year. Finally, he has made honors or high honors throughout high school and middle school.
This upcoming school year, Tucker is planning to attend Madison College and transfer to UW-Madison the following year. He is still undecided on what he would like to study while attending these schools.
One teacher who has impacted Tucker greatly through high school is Matt Austin, his physics and chemistry teacher. Both classes have been fun and very interesting for him and he has learned a lot from him in two years while enjoying many class periods in the lab.
“Tucker is one of two oboe players in the high school band,” said Matt Nevers. “The oboe takes a lot of skill to be performed well and have it actually sound good. Tucker has been able to achieve this level in his oboe playing. He has performed several different oboe solos with the high school band as well as the woodwind ensemble. He has also mastered performing the bass drum for marching band and snare drum for pep band, as well as learning to play the guitar and bass. Tucker can be frequently found in the band room and is a joy to have around. He will definitely be missed upon graduation.”
New to the Student of the Month program this year is a book donation to the school library by the Kiwanis in honor of the students.
Reo chose The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. “The Time Keeper is one of my favorite books,” said Reo. “It has many valuable lessons about the essence of time and how we should use it while we have it. The book tells us that we should not measure things by time but to live life to the fullest at the moment. This book is very inspirational and I recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.”
Tucker chose The Green Mile by Stephen King. “I chose this book for several reasons,” said Tucker. “It isn’t the kind of book I usually read but it is still one of my favorites. The book deals with some very different and interesting subjects. It is very good at making the reader experience various emotions. For these reasons it has become of the most memorable books I have read.”