The Mineral Point Kiwanis Club honored its September Students of the Month at its meeting Tuesday, September 19.
The students, who are members of the Senior class, are selected for this honor through a voting process by staff at the high school, and their biographies are written by themselves.
These are the first Students of the Month for the 2023-24 school year.
Bobby Allbright is the middle child of Robert and Elissa Allbright. He was born in Madison in 2005. He has one older sister, Lorelei, who is a Freshman at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, and one younger brother, Hank, who is a Freshman at Mineral Point High School.
Bobby grew up just outside of town and has attended Mineral Point Schools since his Freshman year. He has held officer positions as a class officer, Future Business Leaders of America Treasurer, Earth Wise Club Treasurer, Spanish Club President, and National Honor Society President, and has participated in Book Club, Math Team, and varsity soccer. He has also been recognized for being elected as Prom King, as a Homecoming King candidate, and as Student of the Year as a Junior.
Through both FBLA and Math Team, Bobby has been able to participate in several academic competitions, which are his favorite extracurricular activities. When he is not in school, Bobby enjoys spending time up north swimming out on the lake and walking through the woods with family. One of his favorite memories is from the pandemic, when he was able to spend months in a row at the cabin during distance learning.
After high school, Bobby plans to attend a four year university, though he remains undecided upon a school and a major. He would like to congratulate his long time neighbor and friend, Regan Schuette, on achieving this honor too. Bobby would like to extend huge thanks to Mrs. Erika Brunson for helping him to find the best opportunities throughout his high school career, and he would also like to send special thanks to Mr. Dan Burreson for being the first to help break the ice when Bobby was “the new kid” at school. And finally, his biggest thanks of all go to his parents for all that they have helped him to accomplish.
“Although my paths do not cross Bobby Allbright much, there’s one thing I’ve noticed for sure — his bright smile. Whenever I have encountered this accomplished young man, I have seen his big, happy smile! I hope he carries it with him always – what an awesome trait! Bobby, I hope you have a super Senior year at MPHS! I am excited to hear what you choose for your future – I’m sure it will be something great! Congratulations on being chosen Student of the Month for September!” ~ Mrs. Jill McGuire, Kindergarten Teacher
“Congratulations, Bobby, on being selected as a Student of the Month! You are a hard-working student, who is consistently humble and kind. Having achieved many successes so far, you strive towards your next goal with grace and determination. It has been a pleasure to work with you, learn about your hopes for the future, and I cannot wait to see where the world takes you. Enjoy your Senior year!” ~ Mrs. Erika Brunson, Middle/High School Counselor
“Congratulations, Bobby. You are talented, smart, and most of all, respectful. The world is going to be a better place with your impact and passion leading the way. I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you. Thank you for always lending a helping hand and having a smile on your face. As you move on to the next chapter of your life, know that you have made a positive impact on others within the Mineral Point community. Your future is bright and I am sure that you will accomplish amazing things.” ~ Mr. Matt Austin, High School Principal
“Bobby’s appreciation for learning is beyond compare. I cannot express what a privilege it has been to call this young man my student. I can honestly say there were days that he taught me equal amounts. The greatest thing about Bobby is that his personality rivals his intelligence. He is kind, generous, and attentive to all those around him. You are such a multi-talented kid, Bobby, that I can’t fathom what your future holds, but I am so excited to watch it unfold! It has been a pleasure to be part of your educational journey.” ~ Mrs. Kristin Staver, High School English Teacher
Regan Schuette is the oldest child of Craig and Paula Schuette. She has one younger sister, Faye, a Freshman at Mineral Point and a Dodge-Point Cross Country teammate.
Regan grew up outside of town and has attended Mineral Point Schools since preschool. She is the Key Club President and FFA Secretary. She participates in math team, forensics, band, musical theater, National Honor Society, cross country, and track; she served in student government as a Junior and is now the student body President as a Senior. Regan is also a proud recipient of the Student of the Year award as a Freshman and once again as a Sophomore.
Running is a large part of, and has significantly impacted, Regan’s life. Due to the lack of upperclassmen as a Sophomore and Junior, she took on a leadership role on the team early in her career. As a cross country captain this year, she hopes to continue being a role model for her teammates. Regan also hopes both the cross country team and track 4×8 team can return to the State meet this year.
Through both FFA and forensics, Regan participates in various speaking competitions. She has competed in quiz bowl, creed speaking, and extemporaneous competitions for the FFA; she has competed in the farrago and group interpretation categories in forensics. She enjoys learning more about agriculture through the topics she speaks on in extemporaneous contests, even though it is challenging. She also enjoys acting in her forensics pieces.
Though she enjoys acting, Regan will not be on stage during the musical. Instead, she works on the backstage crew as the backstage assistant manager. She loves seeing the musical come together behind the scenes, from the props and scene changes to the choreography and singing. She has worked on “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago,” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She is excited to begin working on “Into the Woods” this fall.
After high school, Regan hopes to attend UW-La Crosse to pursue a career in high school math education. Regan would like to congratulate her friend and neighbor, Bobby Allbright, on receiving this honor as well. She would also like to thank her teachers for everything they have done for her and her peers. Lastly, she appreciates her parents for encouraging her in everything she does.
“Regan is a smart, sweet, mature student who truly cares about her success in school. She has been a great asset to the math department for the past couple of years as a teaching assistant. She is more than willing to do whatever we need to do, which can change unexpectedly at the last minute. Outside of school, Regan juggles extracurricular activities, as well as works a part-time job. I see Regan at her work, and she’s super friendly and a great host! Regan definitely deserves to be the Student of the Month. Congrats!” ~ Ms. Callie Gundlach, High School Special Education Teacher
“When Regan attended kindergarten, it was evident the kind, caring friend would be her first and foremost character trait to always grow with her. She was so kind, it was almost a ‘mothering’ care she showed her peers. Lo and behold, Regan is now a Senior and still caring for those around her! I am so excited to watch her bright future unfold! Regan, congratulations on becoming Student of the Month and for showing MP what an idealistic friend and mentor looks like! Your future is bright! Have a great Senior year!” ~ Mrs. Jill McGuire, Kindergarten Teacher
“I have had the pleasure to be part of the coaching staff that has watched Regan since her Freshman year compete in Cross Country and Track and Field. Regan has shown to be a natural leader from the beginning. She is one of those young adults that impress you with their confidence and advanced ‘people skills.’ Regan has always shown kindness to everyone on the team, especially the new athletes, and she has been a great recruiter for the programs. Regan was able to thrive under the pressure of being an intricate role in the State Champion and Runner-Up Cross Country teams. She was also part of the Track and Field team two-time State podium placer in the 4x800m relay team. Regan has all the qualities that make her an outstanding student-athlete and teammate; great work ethic, discipline, intelligence, grit, however, Regan’s sense of humor is one of her best attributes. Regan knows when and how to add fun and humor to practice, which in turn creates team bonding and relaxes a sport that sometimes can be very stressful. Congratulations Regan, and enjoy your Senior year!” ~ Mrs. Heather Langreck, Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach
“Regan, congratulations on being named the September Student of the Month. The thing that stands out about Regan is her compassion towards others. She is a natural born leader who has many talents and strives to excel along every step in order to reach her goals. I have no doubt that she will become a great teacher, as she invests her heart and soul into her work and those around her. Thank you for being a wonderful role model to your peers and best of luck as you prepare for the next opportunity that life throws your way.” ~ Mr. Matt Austin, High School Principal
“Regan Schuette is caring, responsible, and hard-working. She is such a positive role model for our students, both academically and athletically, excelling in and out of the classroom with her quiet confidence. Regan goes out of her way to be kind to others and genuinely cares about people. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her better over the last year as we dove head first into Sources of Strength and Regan stepped up as a Peer Leader. Without hesitation she immediately got to work and helped spread the message of Sources of Strength. Thank you for your commitment, Regan! We will miss you next year, but are looking forward to another great year with you!” ~ Mrs. Erika Brunson, Middle/High School Counselor
“Regan, congratulations on your selection as Student of the Month. While I loved having you as a student in my classroom, I have even more enjoyed having you by my side as a teacher’s assistant for the past two years. You are so kind, hardworking, and patient, and I couldn’t be happier that you are considering a career in mathematics education. I cannot wait to watch your bright future unfold!” ~ Mrs. Cindi Nothem, High School Math Teacher
“Regan, your quiet yet attentive demeanor is what makes you stand out from the crowd. You have learned to capture the room without saying a word – what a gift! I love to watch your wheels turn and envy your ability to control your reactions until you have thought the situation through. You have been a pleasure to work with both in and out of the classroom. I appreciate all you have given of yourself to make MPHS the best it can be! You have a bright future ahead, and I am proud to say that I was your teacher and advisor.” ~ Mrs. Kristin Staver, High School English Teacher
(Schuette photo taken by Lifka Bennett)