Senior Nikki Primus, daughter of Bill and Kris Primus, has been chosen as Swanville’s January Student of the Month for grades 10 – 12.
“I have had the wonderful opportunity of teaching and coaching Nikki the past six years,” said Char Bzdok, science teacher. “Nikki is a wonderful person in and out of the classroom. She studies very hard for her excellent grades.
Besides being a great student, Nikki is a leader in all the sports that she participates in. I think one of her strongest attributes is that her peers look up to her because she is so strongly involved in the community. Nikki is very deserving of this award.”
Primus has many interests including sports, reading, movie nights with friends, having random adventures and sleeping. She plans to attend Winona State University to study exercise science and nutrition.
School activities for Primus include playing volleyball and basketball in grades 7 – 12, where she was chosen as a captain for both sports this year. She has gone out for softball since seventh grade and plans to again this spring. Primus has participated in theatre all throughout junior and senior high and has been nominated for Superior Performance in each play she has participated in and has won that honor once.
On the Student Council since seventh-grade, Primus has served as class president for all six of those years. She has been very active in the Student Council blood drives, serving as the coordinator in the summer of 2012. She was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior and continues to actively participate. Primus has played in the band since fifth grade and participated in Glee Club in 10th grade and is currently in the choir. She is also currently the band council president.
“Nicole ‘Nikki’ Primus is a well-rounded, highly motivated, organized and hard working individual. Nikki is involved in numerous activities at Swanville High School: volleyball, basketball, softball, theater, student council and National Honor Society,” said Liza Hasse, math teacher.
“In addition, Nikki is third in her class academically and manages to still work a part-time job at a local restaurant. Nikki is not only involved in lots of activities, but she is also a positive leader throughout. Nikki displays positive sportsmanship on the field and court. She strives to do and be her best and encourages her peers to do the same. Nikki always has a smile, a kind word and encouragement to share with those around her,” said Hasse.
Awards Primus has received during her school tenure include the Triple A Award; four-time Student of the Month and a former Athlete of the Month for basketball. Primus was awarded the Math Student of the Year her freshman year and won All-Conference Honorable Mention for volleyball as a senior, as well as the All-Academic Award and Most Inspirational.
“High School goes by fast, so make lots of memories,” Primus advises fellow classmates.