Pacelli’s Neve Kiwanis Student of the Month

Published 7:01 am Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Although the schools in Austin continue to be closed, the Austin Noon Kiwanis would still like to honor a senior as their Student of the Month. Abby Neve, of Pacelli High School is April’s Student of the Month.

Abby is described as a very strong student with a 3.6 GPA, which includes both high school and a significant load of PSEO college classes in both her Junior and Senior years.


Abby states, “Going to a small, faith-filled high school has impacted my education greatly. I have always felt involved and part of the Pacelli family. I know all of my teachers care about not just my education, but me as a person, and that they want the best for me. Being in the small classes and having the ability to easily talk to your teachers one on one when you need assistance has helped me a lot. I have always worked very hard during high school and have been on the high honor roll throughout my high school career.”

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Abby has been involved in both her school and the community.

“I have been involved in volleyball and softball. I have also been a part of the drama program, helping with lighting/sound and backstage needs,” she said. “I am also very involved in the second-grade classroom at Pacelli. I really like getting to know the elementary students and enjoy being a role model for all of the younger students, being someone they can look to for help and guidance. I have been involved with many volunteer opportunities at Pacelli, including our annual auction, Pacelli Golf Day, Knights of Columbus fish fries and many other events. To help the community I have been involved with the Austin Park and Rec department coaching youth sports and watering the flowers downtown in the summertime. This gives me the opportunity to talk to everyone I see walking around and all the children that are involved in sports.”

As far as post-secondary plans/career goals, “I have taken several post-secondary classes during my junior and senior years, using this opportunity to take classes for both high school and getting a head start on my college credits. After graduating from Pacelli, I will be attending Riverland as part of the Criminal Justice Program for law enforcement. I plan to become a police officer. I would also like to continue my studies after completing my two-year degree at Riverland to obtain a bachelor’s degree.”

Regarding a particular person who has had a notable impact on her, Abby states, “There is not just one particular person that has made a positive impact on me. I have been impacted by many of the people in my life, including my family, and many of my teachers and coaches.  When considering this question, I concluded that all of the significant people in my life have impacted me in some way, no matter how little, shaping me into the person I am. Each person or group of people has helped in different areas, such as values and faith, perseverance, responsibility, and teamwork. I am so grateful for each of them.”