Thunder Mountain High School faculty and staff nominated students they consider to show exceptional behavior or traits — for soaring ahead. These students push themselves to grow and improve. The students were treated to lunch by members of the PTO and the guest speaker was school board member Sean O’Brien.
Rhonda Hickok, assistant principal, nominated Rohan Kishore.
“Kishore was asked to be the main announcer the boys and girls varsity basketball games,” Hickok wrote, “He has done so with class and dedication that has benefited the girls and boys programs as well as the dance team, cheer team and pep band. He has improved with each game by announcing more parts of the game and adding some flair to the games.”
Art teacher Heather Ridgway nominated Sophomore Michael Limbaugh.
“Limbaugh is such a strong anime artist,” wrote Ridgway, “it was a struggle for him to put aside comfortable habits and try new things in our drawing class at first. But you should see his stargazer lily in color pastel, currently on display in the Art Wing!”
“He finally relaxed, and allowed the medium to do what it does best — smear and fade in and out for subtle shadows, strong form and sparkling highlights. By the end of the semester he was eating up formulas for proportion and linear perspective and applying it to his own anime figures and settings.” Ridgway continued.
According to a TMHS representative, he recognized techniques the students learned in class when he come across them in his own studies of manga style drawing, and he shares them with Ridgway after school so she would know how to introduce them in her class to other anime fans like himself.
He also stepped up and helped finish the charcoal drawing of Shakespeare in the commons display for the school play. Limbaugh has overcome a fear of failure and contributed to the TMHS community.
Tyree Pini, a music and drama teacher at TMHS, nominated Andrew Raney, a junior.
“Andrew is doing a phenomenal job coordinating academics and activities,” wrote Pini, “he is a successful student leader for DDF and is doing great, encouraging his fellow students in the classroom.”
Jim Kearns, a PE teacher, nominated Keely Pearson, a senior.
“Keely is always polite to others,” said Kearns, “she is involved in many extracurricular activities but puts her studies as a priority. She is eager to help others and is willing to go the extra mile. She is a fine citizen in our school and community.”