Audrey Neace of Alton Middle School and Alyssa Eagleton of West Elementary were named as Students of the Month for October by the Alton Area Optimist Club.
The club gives a $25 gift card to the student as well as a $25 donation to a nonprofit organization of the student’s choice.
Audrey is the daughter of Shawn and Alison Neace of Alton. She chose Target for her gift card and St. Louis Children’s Hospital for her donation. Audrey is in eighth grade at Alton Middle School in the Field Summit House. She is an active and vital member of AMS as well as the Alton community. Audrey is a dedicated student and a kind and considerate peer. She has an exuberant and positive energy and is a leader in the performing arts both at school and in the community. Throughout her middle school years, she has been a successful honor student: participating in Science Fair, Young Authors, National Junior Honor Society and Junior Olympiad. She has been consistently recognized for high honor roll and received top honors from Gateway Achievers and the Alton Middle School spelling bee. Her teachers recognize her enthusiasm for education and commitment for doing her personal best. Along with being an exceptional student and friend, Audrey has been involved in the auditorium tech crew, set design and production for Black History/Women’s week. She has also performed in all of the school’s musicals since sixth grade. Audrey plays the bassoon in band, honors band and jazz band as well as sings in choir, lab choir and honor choir. Audrey truly loves spending time with her friends and helping around the house on projects or working in the yard with her family.
Alyssa Eagleton is the daughter of Timothy and Jodie Eagleton of Alton. She is a fifth-grader at West Elementary School. She chose Target for her gift card and the 5A’s animal shelter as her donation. Alyssa is a fine example of optimism and a role model for all of the students at West Elementary School. She is a good student and a friend to all. Alyssa is reported to be an outstanding student. She plays percussion in the band and is a member of the fifth-grade chorus. Alyssa’s favorite things about school are reading and math. Outside of school, Alyssa is busy with competitive gymnastics. She has participated in several gymnastic meets and will soon be traveling to Northern Illinois, where she will compete again. Alyssa is an involved member of her church, where she babysits and works on donation drives. Alyssa’s family is proud of her school work, determination and caring outlook on life.
The Alton Area Optimist Club is a youth-oriented community service organization that has been in existence for more than 60 years in the Riverbend. The club sponsors youth sports teams, supports Boys and Girls Scouts, participates in the Rock Spring Park Christmas Wonderland, Memorial Day Parade and supports school activities such as poster contests and the Elementary and Middle School Students of the Month. The club also is a yearly sponsor of the 1st Responder Recognition Dinner. The club’s biggest activity is the bestowing of college and trade school scholarships to area high school students each year.