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SJO senior spotlights with Nolan Peacock, Zoey Witruk & Nick Bensyl

Nolan Peacock

Clubs & Activities
Track and Field (3 years), Drama Club (2 years), Spanish Club, We The People

Hometown:
St. Joseph

Siblings:
Two older brothers, two older sisters

Hobbies:
Spending time with friends and family, playing guitar, and working.

Favorite SJO memory:
He is going to miss the home football games, post prom, and all of the fan bus trips to IHSA State over the years. He really enjoys when the whole school is involved.

Favorite classes:
Every Spanish class with Senor Sutton, U.S. History with Mr. Schacht, and Horticulture with Mrs. Nekolny

Favorite teachers:
Senora Nelson, Senor Sutton, Mr. Schacht, and Mr. Simondsen.

College:
University of Illinois to study media and cinema studies.

Advice to future SJO students:
Cherish every moment of high school because it goes by so fast.

Special thanks:
Nolan wants to thank the faculty and everyone at SJO for making high school such a great, positive experience for him.

Zoey Witruk

Clubs & Activities
Softball (4 years), Student Council, Spanish Club, Maroon Platoon, SADA, NHS, We The People

Hometown:
St. Joseph

Siblings:
One older sister, Tori.

Hobbies:
Reading, spending time with friends and family, and being a part of her travel softball team, the Peoria Sluggers.

Favorite SJO memory:
Some of the moments she really enjoy included going to volleyball and basketball games. As a fan, Zoey remembers the varsity volleyball match at STM in 2018, when the Spartans were down late but then rallied to win. She had a blast at the IHSA State Softball Tournament her freshman year. She also enjoys

Favorite classes:
Civics, English, and Chemistry

Favorite teachers:
Her favorite all-time teachers throughout all her schooling are Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Ford at St. Joseph Middle School and Mr. Simondsen and Mr. Schacht at SJO.

College:
University of Illinois, majoring in animal science. She plans to become a veterinarian.

Advice to future SJO students:
Do not take any moment for granted because high school goes by so fast.

Nick Bensyl


Clubs & Activities
Scholastic Bowl



Hometown:
Ogden

Siblings:
A younger sister

Hobbies:
Playing video games and playing different kinds of trivia games.

Favorite SJO memory:
His greatest memories at SJO involve Ms. Pensinger. Nick feels lucky to have had Ms. Pensinger as his substitute teacher for the semester during both his sophomore year and his senior year. Nick has also enjoyed taking college courses at SJO, especially computer networking.

Favorite classes:
World History with Mr. Kieffer and Consumer Education with Mr. Skinner

Favorite teachers:
Throughout the years, his favorite teachers have been Mrs. Max during 5th and 6th grade at PVO, and Mr. Kieffer, Mr. Skinner, and Mr. Beckett at St. Joseph-Ogden High School.

College:
Parkland College, majoring in computer science information technology

Advice to future SJO students:
Do all homework




Photos and text provided by St. Joseph-Ogden High School

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