October 2022 Students of the Month honored


PINEDALE – The Sublette County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees recognized both the September and October Students of the Month at its Nov. 10 meeting. The Roundup printed the September award recipients in the Nov. 18 issue. The October honorees are featured below.

The kindergarten team at Pinedale Elementary School selected Cedar Woodard as October Student of the Month for demonstrating responsibility.

“Cedar is a wonderful example of responsibility,” said Pinedale Elementary Principal Heather Ryan. “She is a great role model for her classmates.”

Woodard is a dependable student, remains focused on each task and watches out for those around her, kindergarten teacher Taunalee Fluckiger wrote to the board.

“Cedar is a sweet girl who listens, follows directions, completes her work, cares about the work she does, always tries her best and cares about her classmates,” said Fluckiger. “I believe Cedar shows the character trait of responsibility every day in class and around the school.”

Pinedale Middle School Principal David Thrash presented eighth-grader Daltyn Overdorff as October Student of the Month.

Overdorff joined the district from another state this fall, said Thrash, yet she “jumped in” to academics and athletics “with both feet.”

Overdorff buckled down and went the distance adjusting to a different set of academic standards, Thrash added.

Math teacher Brady Schaefer commended Overdorff for the “ability to learn from feedback,” a “truly remarkable” trait for a middle school student.

“The one thing I truly admire about Daltyn is how well she handles feedback,” Schaefer wrote. “Even if my feedback is something she does not want to hear, she always keeps a positive attitude. She never backs down from a challenge and she is certainly going to try the problem again.”

Overdorff consistently seeks ways to improve and welcomes guidance from others, Schaefer said.

“This is one aspect where Daltyn has taught me more than I have taught her,” he added.

Overdorff’s drive to succeed is also evident on the volleyball and basketball courts, Schaefer noted. The eighth-grader challenges herself and encourages teammates to “be their best,” he added.

“Although she may not realize it right now, Daltyn is making a tremendous impact on our student body,” Schaefer stated.

Pinedale High School (PHS) teacher Whitney Sorenson nominated freshman Olivia Tolson as October Student of the Month for exemplifying respect.

“Olivia is consistent in showing consideration for all around her,” Sorenson said. “She never speaks negatively about others, never speaks when others are speaking and she always makes a point to show her appreciation.”

PHS Principal Brian Brisko described Tolson as a “super great kid” – a student who treats faculty, staff and peers with respect.

“Olivia is so quick to say, ‘I appreciate your help’ and ‘thank you,’” Brisko told trustees. “That says a lot about who she is as a person. Thank you, Olivia, for helping to make PHS a great place to be.”

Skyline Academy Principal Kellie Jo Williams honored senior Dyson Dana as Student of the Month for October.

Dana recently met the requirements to graduate early by putting in countless hours before and after school to complete his coursework, Williams said. She praised Dana’s perseverance when it comes to overcoming challenges.

“Sometimes, the cut and run attitude would be so much easier, but Dyson stuck it out, worked hard and did what he had to do,” Williams added.

Skyline Academy teacher Lori Moore recognized Dana’s “marked improvement” in responsibility, attitude and dependability.

“It has been a pleasure to see him take to heart staff advice and encouragement,” Moore wrote. “He is often the first student to arrive in the morning and is friendly with staff. He is positive about his goals and has shown a willingness to go the extra mile to achieve them.”

Moore highlighted Dana’s growth as a leader.

“Dyson displays respect for Skyline’s rules and procedures and has encouraged his peers to make better choices regarding their behavior.”