Hylen Souders Elementary School student Ryan Vennemeyer was recognized during last Thursday’s Big Walnut school board meeting as a December Student of the Month.
Hylen Souders teacher Amy Eikenberry said Ryan demonstrates the “7 Habits of Happy Kids” throughout the year. He was nominated by the Souders staff based on criteria of the four habits that Souders students have learned about so far this school year: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, and think win-win.
“Ryan really exhibits all four of these traits, but the one that pops to mind most is that he puts first things first,” Eikenberry said. “Ryan is a hard worker and is always being proactive with his learning. He keeps a record of the books he’s reading in a book log, ensures his work is complete by finishing assignments at home, if needed, and is always reading at home with his parents to stay on top of things.”
Eikenberry said Ryan knows when to have a good time and be silly, but also knows when it’s time to buckle down and work. He’s conscientious of others and always makes certain that other students have what they need; that Ryan is kind and ready to help.
His parents, Adam and Marianne, describe Ryan as a young man who enjoys being active and spending time outside as much as possible. He is active in soccer, indoor soccer and basketball. He has a variety of hobbies that demonstrate his well-rounded nature. He enjoys riding his four-wheeler, knee boarding on the lake, snow skiing, ice-skating, roller-skating and camping.
He learned to play the drums at age 7, and enjoys Nerf gun battles with his buddies. He collects Nerf guns (he has more than 35) that are proudly displayed on his bedroom wall on a custom-made pegboard that he built with his father. He also loves to cook and can prepare and cook tacos and hamburgers by himself.
In school, Ryan’s favorite subject is math, but he wants everyone to know that he does not like long division. His brother, Cole, is a sixth-grader at Big Walnut Intermediate School.
The family dog, a Yorkie named Hero, loves to chase anyone who is holding a Nerf gun.
Ryan’s quote — when asked what he wants to be when he grows up — epitomizes his maturity and kindhearted nature.
“I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up,” Ryan said. “I love animals and helping people. I think I want to do something that is a lot of fun and still make money.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093