ALTON -- Devan Walker of Alton Middle School and Nora Sancamper of North Elementary School were named as Students of the Month for September by the Alton Area Optimist Club.
The club gives a $25 gift card to students as well as a $25 donation to a nonprofit organization of the students' choice.
Devan is the daughter of Adam and Laura Walker of Godfrey. She chose McDonald's for her gift card and the Make a Wish Foundation for her donation. Devan is an eighth-grade student at Alton Middle School and is involved in the school’s orchestra. She has played the violin for several years. Devan began learning sign language in the third grade because she has a friend who could not speak and wanted to be able to communicate with her. She plans on pursuing a career as an interpreter for the deaf and non-verbal. She would like to work with middle school-aged children. When asked if she could change one thing in this world what would it be, she responded by saying she would want all people to be treated equally, especially people who are disabled. When Devan was in the second grade, she raised money through selling lollipops for the Make a Wish Foundation. This is her passion and is why she chose that organization for her donation.
Nora Sancamper is the daughter of Robert and Valeria Sancamper of Godfrey. She is a third-grader at North Elementary School. She chose Michael’s for her gift card and 5As for her donation. Nora is a shining example of what a North Star represents. She is active in school life through her participation in Young Authors, Science Fair and the Accelerated Reader Program. She is an outstanding role model and follows the school’s three expectations, which are being responsible, respectful and safe. Her favorite place in the school is the library because she loves to read. Nora is always thinking of others. She often makes cookies and delicious treats for her teachers and principals. She shares her brilliant ideas on how to improve the school by creating posters and signs to hang around the school so other students will know and follow the rules. Nora’s smile and positive attitude warms hearts and spirits.
“I just like to be nice and help people,” Nora said. “It feels good on the inside and outside and it makes other people feel good, too.”
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 various youth sports teams, supports Scouting, participates in the Rock Springs Celebration of Lights, Memorial Day Parade and supports school activities such as poster contests and the Elementary and Middle School Students of the Month. The club is also a yearly sponsor of the 1st Responder Recognition Dinner. Its biggest activity is the bestowing of several college or trade school scholarships to area high school students each year.