Leadership, Faith, Service

Senior Gerald Hopkins received first Meteor of the Month award for the 2017-2018 school year

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“This person goes above and beyond and is probably the happiest kid in the school. This person is also a leader. This month’s Meteor of the Month is Mr. Jerry Hopkins,” Principal Diane Brown announced.

For September, senior Gerald Hopkins was voted Meteor of the Month. This award is given to students by faculty and staff members each month of the school year. The faculty and staff vote for the student who best displays leadership, faith, and service throughout the entire month within the academic and extracurricular settings at school.

“When I heard my name called for Meteor of the Month, Mr. Dowling kind of ruined it but [also] kind of made it cool because I’m sitting in the band [area], there’s talk about Meteor of the Month, and he pulled me up,” Hopkins said. “I don’t know, but when I realized what it was supposed to be, I was really happy. I’ve always wanted that award because it was the one everyone looked up to. It’s like ‘this person does this, this, and that’ and I want to be on that wall.”

Hopkins plays for the varsity boys’ soccer team, varsity boys’ volleyball team, and for the varsity boys’ basketball team. He is also involved in Peer Ministry, a member of the National Honor Society, and plays the saxophone in the Concert and Pep Band. He has recently joined the Model United Nations Club, too.

“Being Meteor of the Month is like a synopsis of what you are as a person in one month because Meteor of the Month doesn’t just happen because you had a good month or your grades are solid. It’s the type of person you are throughout the year or the last couple years,” Hopkins said. “I worked real hard at everything I do. Whether it’s taking notes in a 7:30 morning meeting or running the extra sprint to make sure everyone else knew how to do it, it was all the little things that I felt really made me a leader and helped me define what leadership really is,” Hopkins said.

A typical day for Hopkins involves going to school and completing as much work as possible. After school he has soccer practice for about three hours. When home, Hopkins then does homework and, hopefully, gets a good night’s sleep.

“When I realized all the small things I did and the big things and everything, it finally felt like someone else saw it, and it was awesome to me. Because I want to be seen; it feels cool to be seen. That sounds a little self-centered, but it was cool that someone else saw the things I was doing and it paid off,” Hopkins said.