TMHS December student recognition

Left to right: Jesse Watson, Gus Swanson, Sabrinah Cava, James Norvell, Alyssa Nauska, Principal Dan Larson, guest speaker Julie Thatcher, Leah Edwards and Kathy McCasland, student recognition coordinator.

Thunder Mountain High School recognized six students for being good school citizens in December. Thunder Mountain High School thanks guest speaker Julie Thatcher, Patrick Roach’s culinary arts class for the food and Principal Dan Larson for sponsoring the lunch.

Junior Jesse Watson and senior James Norvell were nominated by librarian Raandi Miller.

She wrote, “Jesse and James arrive to school early each day and wait next to the library for the day to begin. As soon as they see me hauling my bags, boxes,mail and assorted library debris upstairs, they spring into action and help me open the library, ready the laptop car and occasionally pick up after me as I drop some of the aforementioned debris to the floor. This seems so simple a thing to do, yet to know each morning, a joy and relief. Please know that I appreciate your attentiveness, sense of responsibility and kindness. These attributes will take you far as you begin your adult life. The little things matter. Thank you.”

Freshman Alyssa Nauska was nominated by teacher Kristen Wells.

She wrote, “The ability to work with any and all students is held by few, Alyssa has such a polite and kind character that she can collaborate with all her peers. She is a strong student that cares deeply about her understanding of the content. She is a pleasure to have here at TMHS, she is off to a great start. We look forward to watching her grow and learn!”

Junior Sabrinah Cava was nominated by teacher Janna Lelchuk.

She wrote, “Everything to save TMHS Yearbook from breaking deadlines and financial crisis! This girl needs to lean how to say “no.” She is exhausting herself doing everything and helping everyone. You can rely on her 1000 percent!”

Junior Leah Edwards was nominated by teacher Heather Ridgway.

She wrote, “Leah is passionate about Photography and has taken many extra opportunities to refine her art. Like many student artists that enter Digital Arts Class for the first time, it didn’t start off the way she hoped and she was dissatisfied. She has so impressed me with her ability to use her own goals in almost all my assignments. She is learning new tools she hadn’t expected, and getting the satisfaction she sought by using her own artwork in my assignments. It’s a joy to watch her work. Her flexibility and creative problem solving bring excellences to my class. Thank you, Leah!”

Senior Gus Swanson was nominated by teacher Mara Early.

She wrote, “Gus is in my government class and is an outstanding student! Gus is proactive and responsible for his learning and education by getting classwork done on time and asking questions to make connections relevant to government that is applicable in his own life. Gus did our community service months in advance, completing ten hours of volunteer work, along with writing a reflective piece to go along with it. Gus attends and participates in activities that are available to him and contributes in class asking questions and during class discussion. I will miss Gus next semester and hope his last semester goes well and that he will have a great life after high school.”


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