The Sublette County
School District No. 9 board of trustees recognized
four Students of the Month at its regular
board meeting on April 15. Big Piney High
School’s student of the month, Tate Hughes,
will be presented in May.
LaBarge Elementary library paraprofessional
Kendra Penfield recognized Zephyr
Arterbury as Student of the Month for March.
Penfield works with Arterbury in the library,
physical education and computers.
“He has the perfect personality to brighten
anyone’s day,” she said.
Arterbury works hard to stay on task and
gives “100-percent” effort on all assignments.
He also helps Penfield “learn new things” in
“At the beginning of March, I read ‘The
Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors,’” Penfield
said. “About halfway through it, (Arterbury)
gave me a look and said, ‘Mrs. P, you don’t
read with feeling. Every book needs to be read
with feeling.’ I said, ‘Zeph, you’re right. Show
me how it’s done.’ He jumped up and finished
the book with feeling and enthusiasm.”
Big Piney Elementary fifth-grade teacher
Christine Willford nominated Kaitlynn
Shreve as Student of the Month for April.
Shreve is a student who exhibits “thoughtfulness,
regard and honor,” Willford said.
Shreve is considerate to those around her
and sets an example with her integrity and
empathy, Willford explained. Shreve is “very
levelheaded” and takes responsibility for her
Sometimes challenges can seem overwhelming
and frightening, but Shreve will
step up and face them.
“Courage is being scared to death and
saddling up anyway,” Willford said. “Even
though the horse she loved has died and gone
away. All this makes Kaitlynn the wonderful
girl we know,” Willford said. “I’ve had the
pleasure to teach her and really watch her
Pinedale Middle School band teacher Travis
Swanson nominated eighth-grader Owen
Nielson as Student of the Month for March.
“Nielson will be missed at Big Piney Middle
School for many reasons,” Swanson said.
“His integrity, his respectfulness and above
all his sense of humor.”
Swanson praised Nielson for his developing
maturity and leadership skills both in the
band and outside of the classroom.
BPMS language arts teacher Jessica Nugent
said Nielson is “one of the most polite
students” she has taught.
“He always says ‘good morning’ and he always
thanks me at the end of class,” she said.
Science teacher Kristi Hibbert added that
Nielson “doesn’t bow to the whims and fads
of those around him. He is an authentic person
who strives for excellence in the classroom.”
Natalie Davis was nominated as Big Piney
Middle School Student of the Month by instructor
“They say great things come in small packages
– this is certainly true of our BPMS Student
of the Month,” Bell said. “She is small
but she is mighty! Natalie is an enthusiastic
and self-motivated student. She always comes
to class prepared and creates high quality
work. Natalie works well with other students
and her teachers. She is helpful, dependable
and very well-liked by her peers.”
Bell added, “Natalie is a wonderful role
model for other BPMS students. She will
continue to excel both academically and socially.”