District introduces Students of the Month

PINEDALE – The Sublette County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees took time during a packed agenda to honor four Students of the Month for March and one for February at its April 14 meeting.

Pinedale Elementary School teacher Amy Warren nominated first-grader Tucker Shelinbarger as March Student of the Month for demonstrating “consistent effort and a positive attitude.”

Warren described Shelinbarger as an “excellent student.”

“Tucker approaches his school work with enthusiasm and a desire to learn,” Warren wrote to the board. “He knows that what he is asked to do by his teachers is important and beneficial to him. He never has to be asked to do something twice.”

Shelinbarger is “cheerful, kind and respectful of others,” Warren said.

“Tucker thinks before he acts, whether on an academic task or a social interaction,” she added.

Shelinbarger is a pleasure to teach, Warren said, and expressed pride in the first-grader’s growth.

“Tucker’s positive mindset and willingness to put forth effort even when the task is difficult makes him a perfect choice for Student of the Month,” Warren remarked.

PES Principal Greg Legerski called Shelinbarger “an all-around great kid.”

“Mrs. Warren, as well as myself and the entire school, appreciate all Tucker has done,” he said. “You see him in the cafeteria and in the halls and he always has a gigantic smile on his face. He is Mr. Positive.”

Pinedale Middle School science teacher Clare Rutar recognized seventh-grader Darren Calhoun as Student of the Month for March because he is a “perfect example” of resilience.

Calhoun entered middle school as a new student this year and stepped up to the challenge of navigating the “nuances of middle school,” Rutar told the board.

“Darren has adjusted and adapted better than most new students that I have seen through the last several years,” Rutar added. “He has been patient, positive and focused on doing his best work.”

Calhoun treats classmates and faculty with respect and empathy, Rutar said.

“He has been a phenomenal role model for other students because he is willing to ask questions and receive critiques in any area of his learning,” she added.

Rutar highlighted Calhoun’s maturity, openness to feedback and willingness to come in after school to “expand his learning.”

“I am so excited to see what Darren will bring to the middle school,” Rutar said. “He is already teaching his peers how to learn from their mistakes and stay strong when things are tough.”

Skyline Academy teacher Lori Moore presented senior Jill Warembourg as March Student of the Month for exhibiting the traits of excellence, preparation and responsibility.

“Jill holds herself to a high standard and is a bright light at Skyline,” Moore said.

In addition to maintaining top grades, Warembourg is a “leader in activities,” said Moore, including the cheer team, dance team, theater, the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society, Warembourg spends “down time” rehearsing lines for a play, practicing cheerleading routines and finishing homework, said Moore.

Warembourg is also down to earth and helpful to her peers, Moore added.

“Jill has a willing smile,” Moore wrote. “I have witnessed her encouraging others on numerous occasions. She does not hide her light and is an inspiration to those around her.”

Skyline Academy Principal John Snell praised Warembourg’s work ethic.

“Jill is probably the most motivated student I’ve seen in a long time,” he said. “She runs circles around everybody.”

Pinedale High School Principal Brian Brisko introduced sophomore Aida Mata as February Student of the Month for exemplifying courage. PHS art teacher Katie Facklam made the nomination.

“Aida displays courage by fighting the moral battles most back down from,” Facklam wrote to the board. “She stands up for others in need and for her beautiful heritage. She struggles and fights battles of her own, which she stoically handles with grace.”

Brisko agreed, stating that Mata faces challenges “with a smile every day.”

“Aida works extremely hard and is kind to her peers,” he added. “I’m super proud of her.”

Senior Reagan Smith received the March PHS Student of the Month Award. Facklam also nominated Smith and chose the senior as an example of patience.

“Reagan is quiet and calm, one of those kids who does what she’s supposed to do,” Facklam said. “She has, however, experienced a very emotionally trying last two years which she has handled with patience and grace.”

During the pandemic shutdown, Smith was “the best online student,” said Brisko, and waited patiently to return to PHS as a full-time student and join her peers. On top of schoolwork, Smith “works extremely hard” at her after-school job, Brisko added.

“Reagan rocks it as a student and I’m super proud of her,” Brisko told the board.