Thunder Mountain High School recognized three students in January. Students were treated to a lunch courtesy of the Parent Teacher Organization and had a guest speaker, Sarah Hieb of the Juneau Police Department.
Spanish teacher Holly Ireno nominated junior Alex “ACJ” Carillo.
“As we were going up the red/teal wing stairs after our last fire drill Dec. 17, 2012, ACJ offered to help an injured student carry his crutches up the stairs (which he did). At the top of the stairs, the student said thank you and ACJ replied “you’re welcome.” Furthermore, I found out that ACJ didn’t even know the student! It’s more of these ‘random acts of kindness’ that we need in today’s world. I just love witnessing these kinds of wonderful moments!”
Art teacher Heather Ridgway nominated freshman Lianno Vejar.
“Lianno Vejar is meticulous in his clean line and accuracy. He will not be rushed and sometimes gets behind because of his high standards but, most impressive, Lianno takes full responsibility and finds time to work on his projects outside of class. He listens to constructive criticism respectfully, and continues to fully apply his own high standards, seeing his work through to completion. I recognize his clean-lines in all he does — his determination is leading to the development of his own style. I’m impressed with his dedication, and perseverance.”
P.E. teacher James Kearns nominated junior Ilya Tolmachev.
“Ilya is an exchange student, but he is always a hard working, dedicated, respectful and kind young man in our class. He takes the lead by example and is a good role model for those around him. I am grateful to have him in class, in Alaska, and in the United States. He is a good citizen for the world.”
Ilya was also chosen at random to be recognized by the Rotary Club.