February students of month selected
Chase County Schools’ (CCS) staff selected Carissa Hill, junior, and Kalen Wallin, senior, as February Students of the Month.
Hill’s parents are Dirk and Rhonda Hill, and she is one of four girls in the family.
This year has kept her busy between classes with softball, National Honor Society and historian for Imperial FFA.
Her favorite class is art because, “I’m good at it,” she said with a grin.
If you ask her what school memory she loves most, she would tell you it is softball games and trips.
When not in school, Hill is involved with the Berean Church youth group.
She and her sister, Jaiden, have their own business called “Goat Girls.”
They own four goats, and they make caramels and soap from goat’s milk, selling their product at Hill’s Family Foods.
She also works part-time at Veterinary Services in Imperial, which goes hand in hand with her future career plans.
Hill is planning to go into veterinary medicine, specializing in domestic large animals (livestock) at either Chadron State College or Colorado State University (CSU).
She has always liked working with animals, she said, and has a relative who has influenced her in this career field.
“My great-uncle is a veterinarian at CSU. He is the one who really sparked my interest in this field,” said Hill.
This summer, she will continue to work at Veterinary Services and play softball, she said.
She is also looking forward to a summer trip to Washington D.C. for an FFA Leadership Conference.
Wallin will be graduating in May.
“Even though it’s just a bit early, I’m already in the getting-out-of-school mode. I’m ready for it to be over,” said Wallin.
He is looking forward to summer where he will be working at the swimming pool as a lifequard and preparing for college.
Wallin is planning to attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) next fall majoring in computer science.
“I’m not sure what area I will work in, but it’s an intuitive career direction that I would like to do the rest of my life,” said Wallin.
Currently, he is involved in track, is president of the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and enjoys cross country.
“Cross country is fun, and we did really well this year. I am proud we made it to state,” he added.
Other than working this summer, he plans to hang out with friends and play video games.
He is also a member of the Berean Church youth group.
His parents are Jeff and Marilee Wallin. He is the youngest of four children—two older brothers and an older sister.