[Genna Duniway]

Congratulations to the Grand County High School students of the month, Kyson O’Donnal and Allie Nelson. 

Senior Kyson O’Donnal (parents: Amber and Shawn O’Donnal) says that school has taught them the value of hard work and the skill of balancing school work and other activities that are important to them. This year, Kyson is playing baseball and trying out track for the first time after playing football, basketball and baseball in previous years. 

In school, Kyson feels that robotics is the most creative class, while AP calculus is extremely challenging. Kyson is entrepreneurial and runs a car detailing business, while still planning to attend the University of Utah for mechanical engineering after graduation. 

Kyson’s advice to other students: “The school days are long but the years go by fast, so work hard and soak in everything that you can and make the most of it.”

Senior Allie Nelson (parents: Chad and Lisa Nelson) follows their passions and interests. After passing up involvement in sports, Allie has served as the vice president of the senior class, the treasurer of the National Honor Society chapter, and secretary of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Allie loves any class that has to do with Family Consumer Sciences particularly and volunteers at Helen M. Knight Elementary School in the special education department.

This fall, Allie plans to attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, to double major in elementary special education and elementary general education. They plan to transfer to Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado to continue my majors and add biblical studies. “Hopefully I graduate from CCU and go on a mission and share God’s Word,” Allie said. 

Allie’s advice to students is: “Once you are able to accept that you are ok and can do things and be on your own you can do anything! At some point, you have to learn to live life on your own and not rely on others to do it for you. Because one day you may not have that kind of support.”

Congratulations, Kyson and Allie!