Student Spotlight: Schmit says other students are really nice at school

by Cori Hilsgen

John Paul “JP” Schmit says students at his school are friendly.

“Kids at my school are really nice,” Schmit said. “They are good friends to me.”

Schmit is in fourth grade at Kennedy Community School. He is the 10-year-old son of Jo and Rick Schmit. He has two brothers, Tony, 23, and Mike, 21, and one sister, Maria, 17.

Fun Facts about Schmit:

Favorite subject: Music because he loves to sing and dance.

Activities he’s involved with:

“I play lots of sports,” Schmit said. “Soon I will start Miracle League Baseball for the spring season.”

Favorite leisure activities:

Shooting baskets, tossing bean bags, bowling, watching Netflix and listening to music with his sister, Maria.

Favorite movie:  Camp Rock because the music is great.

Favorite music: Rap music

His favorite rap song is Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore.

Favorite restaurant:  Kay’s Kitchen or McDonald’s

“Kay’s Kitchen for Jean and Palmer and McDonald’s for the French fries,” Schmit said.

(Jean is the manager at Kay’s Kitchen, who gives JP hugs and special treatment when he visits. Palmer is his sister Maria’s friend, who is a waitress at Kay’s.)

Favorite food: French fries

Favorite thing he likes to help other people do:

Toss bean bags.

If you won $1 million and were asked to donate all of it to a deserving cause, where would you donate it?

“My mom,” Schmit said.

Favorite quote:

“Hey dude,” Schmit said.

What is your favorite technology device? My iPad

“I like to use my iPad at school,” he said. “It helps me with my reading and math. I like to use it with my friends.”

The thing he likes best about St. Joseph:

“I like Laurel (Schoborg) and Mrs. Radunz at Kennedy and my friends,” Schmit said.

contributed photo
“JP” Schmit and his Kennedy Community School classmates recently celebrated World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 by wearing unusual socks to increase awareness. 


Cori Hilsgen

Cori Hilsgen

Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.
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