Senior Courtney Bittner named Lions’ Student of the Quarter
Abbotsford High School senior Courtney Bittner has been named the Abbotsford Lions Club Student of the Quarter for the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year.
Bittner carries a rigorous class schedule that includes UW English 101 (UWSP), physics, modern world history, calculus, student aide, treble choir and band. She has participated in many co-curricular activities, including National Honor Society, Student Senate, Spanish Club, FBLA, FCCLA, BLAST, jazz band and show choir. She is also a member of the volleyball and track teams.
Social studies teacher Dean Bellantihighly recommended her for the Student-of-the-Quarter award.
“Courtney may be one of the strongest academically gifted students I have had the pleasure of working with,” Bellanti stated. “She is very intrinsically motivated and just doing what is expected in an assignment is generally not good enough with her own requirements. She is a pleasure to teach because she enjoys learning and sharing her thoughts on many different subjects. She will often make inquiries about a topic and will engage in a discussion about possible alternative solutions or conclusions. She is a top-notch student, a fine young lady, and without hesitation I strongly recommend Courtney for the Student-of-the-Quarter recognition.”
Bittner’s volunteerism attests to her belief in community service. She has been actively involved in assisting at the Abbotsford Lions brunches, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, working at community cleanup days, serving as a volleyball referee for numerous tournaments, helping in her parish kitchen and supporting the Ronald McDonald House.
When asked to identify an outstanding feature of the community, Courtney applauds “many aspects in our school and community, such as our high academic achievements, above-average military enrollment, and community-outreach programs and services.
“An outstanding feature is our incredible diversity compared to other towns that surround us,” she said. “This great mixture of cultures helps our community be more open and accepting of others; our differences help everyone within the community flourish and become better citizens.”
When asked to define a major world problem, Bittner responded, “I would choose to solve racial discrimination. I had always seen people as people, never by their skin tone or ethnicity, but social media platforms have helped me realize what racial discrimination looks like throughout the world. The eradication of racial discrimination would create a united world that would be more prosperous than the world we know today.”
Courtney works part-time at Abby County Market and Midwest Sidewalls. After graduation, she plans to attend either UW-Whitewater or UW-LaCrosse, majoring in history with an education minor, hoping to become an educator.
Courtney is the daughter of Jim and Sarah Bittner of Abbotsford.