By: Dee Anderson
VP, Riverton and Mt. Pulaski Branch Manager
Skylar Hayes is a sports standout who was recently recognized as the first 2018-19 senior of the month at Mt. Pulaski High School. Skylar Hayes, the daughter of Steven and Jessica Hayes, has played basketball, volleyball and track since she was a freshman. Even with her sports activities, Skylar has received academic awards and is currently ranked number one in her class.
Skyler’s basketball awards include being named three years in a row to the first team, all-conference and earning recognition by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. During her sophomore and junior years, awards included being named an AP all-state honorable mention and recognition by the Springfield State Journal-Register on its All-Area team.
In addition to sports and school work, Skylar found time for student council and Spanish club, even traveling to Spain and Cost Rica as part of the exchange programs through MPHS.
Skylar has committed to attend the University of Illinois Springfield and play basketball. She plans to major in political science and government (pre law).
The senior of the month is selected for this honor based on the criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and character and is sponsored by Conaway Handyman Service and Downing, Przykopanski, Clements, & May Insurance Agency, Inc. Winners are also in the running for the $500 Senior-of-the-Year award sponsored by INB.