TMHS Falcons of the month

Recognized students join parents and staff including, parent Heather Gilchrest, Carson Barnes, Alex Kenyon, Michaela Demmert and Debbie Banaszak of the career center in the front row, counselor Kelly Neimann, Greg Gilchrest, Principal Dan Larson, counselor Kathy McCasland and guest speaker UAS Provost Richard Caulfield. Honoree Alexa Duran was unavailable.

For March, five students at Thunder Mountain High School were recognized for their exceptional behavior or actions.


Junior Greg Gilchrest was nominated by Dan Larson.

“Greg has earned Platinum National Career Readiness Certification as a result of his WorkKeys assessment. Only a few Alaskans have earned this significant accomplishment to date. This accomplishment indicates that Greg could be successful in any career field he may choose.” Larson wrote.

Junior Carson Barnes was nominated by Ann Boochever.

“Carson is a hard-working student whose positive attitude is infectious. She is polite and helpful to her classmates and her teacher. She especially loves poetry and demonstrated this recently in her performance at the school-wide Poetry Out Loud contest. She did a beautiful job bringing her passion for poetry into her recitation. Her voice was soothing but compelling at the same time.” Boochever wrote.

“Recently I offered the opportunity for any student to recite a poem of their choice at the upcoming April site-council meeting. Soon after, she came to me with an unusual song by Imogen Heap. She counted the lines – 49 in all! That didn’t dissuade Carson. Within a few days she came to me with the entire thing memorized. Again she recited it with powerful emotions that proved highly effective in conveying the complexities of the poem.” she continued.

“Carson’s A+ average is a testament to her diligence and perseverance towards classroom assignments and is an inspiration to the students around her. I can’t think of another student more worthy of this award. She is a joy to know and a great asset to her class.”

Senior Alexa Duran was nominated by Janna Lelchuk.

“I’ve known Alexa for almost two years. Last year she was in my Lit class. This year Alexa is our editor-in-chief for yearbook,” Lelchuk wrote, “This girl is amazing; she can make anything happen. The yearbook this year will be amazing because of Alexa’s leadership. Smart, beautiful, energetic, hard working — she has it all and deserves to be recognized on every level. I will miss her next year. Good luck, Alexa.”

Senior Alex Kenyon was nominated by Jan Neimeyer.

“Alex is a T.A. for my Digital Art class. She is always willing to help others in class — helping to them to learn the software and with their assignments. She has had a professional and gracious attitude toward all in the Digital Art class. Alex continues to exhibit creative ideas and has been brought strength to the class.” Neimeyer wrote.

Freshman Michaela Demmert was nominated by Annie Janes.

“Michaela is an incredibly hard worker and has held a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school career. In addition, Michaela has recently been accepted into the elite College Horizons program for the summer of 2012. College Horizons is a non-profit organization that supports the higher education of Native American students by providing college and graduate admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants from across the nation. Congratulations Michaela!” Janes wrote.

The Thunder Mountain High School parent group provided lunch for the students and their relatives. Richard Caulfield, University of Alaska Southeast provost, was the guest speaker.


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