Students of the Month recognized

Robert Galbreath,
Posted 2/25/21

The Sublette County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees recognized four Students of the Month on Feb. 11.

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Students of the Month recognized


PINEDALE – The Sublette County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees recognized four Students of the Month on Feb. 11.

Pinedale Elementary School second-grade teacher Jenna Harvey nominated Isaac Duarte Villa as Student of the Month for demonstrating the classroom’s four core values: perseverance, excellence, adventure and kindness.

Villa perseveres in his schoolwork and is unafraid to ask questions to understand assignments, Harvey wrote in a letter to the board.

“No matter what new material, problem or assignment is placed in front of Isaac, he works at it until he’s got it,” Harvey added.

Villa shines at following directions and he carefully completes assignments in order to turn in his best work, Harvey said. An adventurous student, Villa tries new things and takes risk with confidence.

“Isaac doesn’t shy away from a new challenge or experience,” Harvey wrote. “Whether it’s a new math strategy or a strange fruit or veggie, he approaches it with curiosity and openness to give it a try.”

Harvey stated that kindness was the value that she primarily associates with Villa.

“Isaac models kindness to himself by giving himself grace when he makes a mistake,” Harvey said. “He models kindness to others by showing the utmost respect to all the adults in the building, jumping in to help even before he’s asked and his willingness to partner with anyone.”

Brady Schaefer, a math teacher at Pinedale Middle School, honored Nolan Orm as Student of the Month because the eighth-grader excels at learning from feedback.

“Even when my feedback is something he is not wanting to hear, Nolan always attacks problems head on,” Schaefer wrote. “He never backs down from a challenge and he is certainly going to try the problem again.”

Orm strives to be a better student by learning from his mistakes and he persists with the right questions, Schaefer said.

“This is one aspect where Nolan has taught me more than I have taught him,” Schaefer added. “I have seen this persistent attitude reflected in the classroom. For a middle school student, this is truly remarkable.”

Orm takes the ability to learn from feedback to improve on the basketball court and Schaefer added that he looks forward to coaching Orm as a Wrangler.

“I think Nolan’s positive attitude about basketball is pretty cool,” Schaefer wrote. “This will serve him well as he continues with us at Pinedale High School next year. We will definitely miss him at Pinedale Middle School. Although he may not realize it right now, Nolan is making a tremendous impact on our student body.”

Skyline Academy teacher John Snell recognized Roman Aguilar as Student of the Month for exhibiting responsibility. Aguilar mastered remote learning, a skill that challenged many students during quarantine or isolation.

“As many know, this can be a challenge for students to discipline themselves, stay on task and meet deadlines while working from home,” Snell wrote. “Roman took responsibility for his education and met this challenge. He has been consistent with meeting with teachers for his daily check-ins.”

Aguilar transferred his success with online learning to in-person instruction and is on track to graduate with the Class of 2021, Snell added.

“He works diligently in his classes,” Snell said. “He is a great example of a responsible student and we are happy to have him at Skyline.”

Pinedale High School Principal Brian Brisko honored senior Ashtynn Jervis as Student of the Month for January. Teachers at PHS nominated Jervis for representing the character trait of honesty.

“Ashtynn is honest about his mistakes,” a teacher wrote to the board. “When he is wrong, he apologizes and moves on. Ashtynn has always been honest, but he has grown through the years to understand the purpose of this character trait and how he can use it to build trust. I’m very impressed with how he has matured over the years.”

Jervis works late into the night at his after school job and manages to complete all of his homework on time, every day, said Brisko.

“I’m super proud of Ashtynn,” Brisko added. “He’s got big dreams to go to college and he knows that he’s going to have to pay some money (to attend college) and he’s been working his tail off. Ashtynn is probably one of the hardest-working kids we have in school.”