Lindsey & Faith Redux
Last night at the annual academic awards ceremony, I had the opportunity to recognize two of my hardest working students: senior Lindsey Bilyeu and sophomore Faith Wheelock.
As I said last night, Lindsey not only wants to get everything just right, she is willing to put out the effort to make sure it gets done right–even if that means driving me crazy with a hundred questions about an assignment. She was the only student in my dual credit English class who had an A going into the final.
Faith is just as dedicated. While her classmates typically stick pretty close to the minimum five-sentence requirement for responses, she often turns out paragraphs a full page long. She is always willing to go the extra mile, often volunteering for extra work or taking on tasks that make others groan. And she always does it with a great big smile.
The Extended Version
Teachers are asked to select only 2-3 students to recognize at the award ceremony, but I am very appreciative of all the students who worked hard for me this school year. I would like to take the time to acknowledge a few additional students for their accomplishments:
The English II class is full of hard-working students, but a few of them stand out for their consistently high achievement: Kallie Bilyeu, Katie Brill, and Zena Hicks.
Chelsie Brill and Mahala Overby are dedicated students in English III and never let me down. They deserve to be recognized for their creativity and effort. However, the high score in the class for the fourth quarter belongs to Kaylee Swindle, who is this year’s most improved student in my classes. Good job, Kaylee!
In addition, Mahala Overby was a finalist for the White River Valley Electric Coop.’s annual essay contest. Her essay was very well crafted, and I was very proud to be her sponsoring teacher.
All the students in my English IV class deserve to be recognized for their hard work. Over the course of the year they earned six hours of college credit, writing nearly fifty essays of varying length in the process.
In Mass Media, Shannon Lair set an excellent example for incoming staff members, working very hard to make sure we covered events and met deadlines.
Though many students have shown a lot of growth in their creativity and writing ability throughout the year, senior Jamie Hale was the only student in Creative Writing to end the class with a perfect 100%.
Starting out the year in Tech Explore, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had no training to teach a technology class and wasn’t certified to teach junior high school. At first I found the unfocused energy of the junior high students a bit daunting, but by the end of the year I learned to
love tolerate my seventh hour class. I had a new group of students each quarter and each group had students who stood out academically. I’d like to recognize just a few here:
Best Overall Project: Haley Farris and Katelynn Owens
Techiest Tech Explorer: Drew “The Cow Goes Shazoo” DeWitt
Hardest Workers: Sarah Overby, Kelsey Walker, and Evan Davis
A special thanks goes to my A+ tutor and copilot in the Tech Explore experiment, senior Michael “The Enforcer” Sutcliffe, for providing just the right blend of support and sarcasm.