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PAXTON — Dalton Busboom, the son of Holly and Derek Busboom of rural Ludlow, was named student of the month for March at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.
Busboom was nominated for the award by special education teacher Steve Waugh.
“Dalton is probably the nicest and most caring kid I have ever met,” Waugh said in his nomination letter. “He has selflessly switched from his guided study to the one in my room in order to help two struggling students. These two students have attention and behavioral issues, and Dalton is able to be patient and caring enough to assist them.
“This is an action that shows empathy and a strong willingness to help others. As a very intelligent student, carrying a full load in all the high-level courses, he could certainly use the guided study for his own work, especially since he is also a three-sport athlete who is very involved in other organizations. When asked by students when he does his own work, Dalton said that he just does his at home after practice.
“Not only does he help these two students, he also assists any other kids who need help on work during my guided study.”
The three sports in which Busboom participates are football, basketball and baseball. He is also a member of the math team and FFA chapter.
Outside of school, he is active in 4-H, the swim team and Junior American Legion baseball.
Busboom also does volunteer work. Besides tutoring in school, he coaches Paxton Park District basketball and flag football.
As a freshman, Busboom’s future plans have not been finalized, but he knows he wants to go to college, and since his main interests are math and science, he is looking at various engineering fields.
The student of the month award is administered by the nonprofit PBL Education Foundation. Sponsors of the award this year are Hudson Drug & Hallmark Shop in Paxton and Gilbane Building Co, a Chicago firm that is serving as the construction management team for the Clara Peterson Elementary School renovation and addition project. Paxton High School alumnus Jim Arends is a vice president in the company.
The student of the month award recognizes PBL High School students who demonstrate the school district’s mission of “excellence through rigor, relevance and relationships.” Teachers are free to nominate students by any criteria they choose as long as it demonstrates the school’s mission.
At the end of the year, the foundation will host an event for all of the monthly winners and their families. At that time, a drawing will be held, and one of the students who has been named student of the month will be awarded a new iPad. Every monthly winner receives $25 in Paxton Bucks gift certificates.