Academics for All is pleased to announce that this week’s Summit Award winner is Minna Chauncey, daughter of Jacilynn Bennett and Wesley Chauncey. Chauncey enjoys baking, cooking, being creative and artistic, as well as spending time outdoors.

As a Sheridan High School senior, Chauncey has completed four Advanced Placement courses, received academic letters for the last three years and maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.952. Her favorite courses this year include AP environmental science, AP psychology and history.

Chauncey is also involved with many extracurricular activities. She is an active member in her church, taking part in the choir and the altar guild as well as youth group. At school, Chauncey has participated on the soccer team and has also performed with the choir the past three years. In addition, last fall she played the lead role in the theatrical drama, “Check Please.”

She is the vice president of Spanish Club and also a member of National Honor Society. Marshal McEwen, a history teacher at Sheridan High School, sees her character standout in the classroom. He states, “I really enjoyed having Minna in class because she has such a great caring, passionate and thoughtful personality. She always puts other people first and even created the little championship mural in the commons area without ever being asked to do it! I think that sort of selflessness is just awesome.”

In addition to her positive influence at school, Chauncey also serves Big Brothers Big Sisters as both an intern and a big sister. As the oldest of seven siblings, her role as a “big” comes naturally. She is able to see when people need additional help or support and is always there to offer her friendship. Her internship supervisor, SHS Pace teacher, Kathleen Pilch, says, “I’ve been impressed with the initiative Minna shows as she completes tasks for her internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Her organizational skills and creativity are second to none. She sets high standards and is willing to do work beyond what is expected of her. Minna brings a sense of passion and purpose to everything she does regardless of the task or assignment. She is a joy to be around!”

Chauncey has worked hard to balance her school load with her job as a crew leader at Papa Murphy’s Pizza. She says she gets her good work ethic from her grandmother, who happens to have also been her first schoolteacher. Chauncey says, “I am inspired by my grandmother who teaches me something new all the time. I am grateful for her support.” Chauncey believes that it is her fierce determination and ability to meet her goals that makes her successful. She tries to laugh and learn as much as possible each day. Following high school, Chauncey plans to attend Sheridan College and pursue a degree in psychology. It is no surprise that one day she hopes to work with students and inspire them as a school counselor. Minna, we wish you the best in your endeavors!