In December, six students were recognized by faculty and staff for their exemplary behavior or actions. The Parent Teacher Organization generously provided lunch for the students and Amanda Triplett from the University of Alaska Southeast was the guest speaker.
Junior Kevin Ohmer and sophomore Jackie Shane were nominated by Principal Dan Larson.
“At the end of lunch, our custodian, Earl pointed out a table that was full of trash. Students sitting at the table had walked away. I told Earl I would watch the table the next day. Then Earl said while pointing, “Look at that!” Kevin and Jackie had approached the table, pushed garbage cans up to the table and were cleaning it off, clearly an act of Falcon good will. I approached them and thanked them for their good deed.” Larson wrote.
Shane also got a nod from art teacher Heather Ridgeway.
“Jackie Shane maintains a positive, productive attitude in her own work. Despite social distractions. Jackie keeps her eye on the prize in class and does good work. I can rely on her to model the positive attitude. She can be a great influence on her peers!” Ridgway wrote.
Senior Kris Mallorca was nominated by PE teacher James Kearns.
“Kris is a TA in my PE class. She is so dependable and is always in class and always has a smile and a good word. She is dedicated to her assignments and never leaves anything undone. Additionally she notices things that need to be done — my office is always cleaner when she leaves than it was before she came. Kris is respectful and kind and even uses spare time during our class to work on her studies. She is a wonderful example of a good citizen and I want to recognize her as such.” Kearns wrote.
Senior Luke Girmscheid was nominated by Vice Principal Rhonda Hickok.
“Luke takes pride in being a member/student of Thunder Mountain High School. He takes the initiative to do things that makes the school a better place. He is a model citizen and positively influences others by his caring and responsible behavior. Luke is also a great cook and loves to share his culinary skills!” Hickok wrote.
Sophomore Tatiana Diamond-King was nominated by math teacher Stephen Gasche.
“Tatiana has a positive attitude, an easy smile and ability to focus in the mist of distractions. She has a strong work ethic which is helpful to her as she continues to be successful in the classroom and in her attempts to make an impact on the basketball court.” Gasche wrote.
Junior Gabriel Donohoe was nominated by art teacher Jan Neimeyer.
“Gabe is a T.A. in my beginning Digital Arts class. He is always willing to help the students and myself while in class. He is knowledgeable with technology, and he has many creative ideas. Gabe goes the extra mile and works on projects for clients both in school and within the community. I have appreciated his expertise, patience and willingness to share his excitement with technology and art.” Neimeyer wrote.