May's Students of the Month recognized

PINEDALE – The Sublette County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees began its meeting this month by acknowledging the two students present who were nominated as Students of the Month.

Pinedale Elementary School Principal Greg Legerski introduced Sam Robbins as a Student of the Month during the June 9 meeting. Robbins, who Legerski described as an “incredibly deserving young gentleman,” has since graduated from PES and will join the middle school next academic year.

Six different PES faculty members signed the letter recommending Robbins for the accolade.

“Sam always has been intensely curious and hungry to learn,” the letter read. “He has an innate desire to grow as a learner. Sam is self-directed to go beyond and challenge himself without the need for specific instruction. He consistently looks for the next step.”

During one assignment, Robbins recreated a gingerbread replica of the Museum of the Mountain Man that was structurally sound. He then spent the rest of his time helping his peers with their creations. He was also intensely involved in the Gamer Over for Cancer Cardboard Arcade night the school held.

Those who nominated Robbins commended him for his kindness and compassion.

“He rarely has to be asked to help others, instead he takes the initiative to do so on his own,” the letter said. “During our structural challenge at the end of the year, Sam and his partner both helped every other group test their structure and then helped teams figure out how to improve their structure.”

Robbins willingly partnered with anyone and helped his classmates in a supportive manner. The example cited his work in PE, where he’d help others on their jump-rope skills.

“He has grown over the years in his confidence in himself and his abilities, and yet he has maintained his humility,” faculty said. “His peers respond well to his help because he does it in a way that is supportive rather than critical.”

Porter Kemp was nominated as a Student of the Month for Pinedale Middle School and accepted the award from principal David Thrash. Kemp also graduated from PMS this past year and will begin attending Pinedale High School in the fall.

“While PJ is an excellent student and student-athlete, he has stood out this year because of his conscious efforts to be an exceptional member of our school community,” a letter of recommendation from paraprofessional Kristel Levitt said. “PJ takes it upon himself to shovel sidewalks, pick up trash and he helps to collective athletic equipment, all during his recess time.

“PJ always has kind words and greeting for staff and maintains a positive and respectful attitude. He understands when a peer is in need of a kind word and he keeps a diverse group of friends.”

Principal Thrash, who was previously announced as the new head football coach of the Wranglers, testified to Kemp’s dedication he’s already shown as an incoming member of the football team. Kemp’s attended about 82 percent of team preseason activities, including camps and summer weights, Thrash said, adding the young man is moving up well.

“He exemplifies the kind of guy we want walking through our halls,” Thrash said.

While Kemp has since graduated from PMS and Thrash will miss having him as a student, the football coach said he’s excited to coach him the next few seasons.

Ally Moller, who was a junior this past year at Pinedale High School, was nominated as Student of the Month for the high school. She was not present, as she was attending Girls State.

Skyline Academy High School’s Brooke Pollard was nominated as Student of the Month. She also was not present to receive the award. She received her diploma earlier this spring.