Students of the Month honored for October 2022

Robert Galbreath photo The SCSD No. 9 recognized four Students of the Month for September and October. Pictured, from left, are Wilder Griffin, BPES, Victoria Grace Munguia, LBES, Thomas Howard, BPHS and Gerardo Galvan Gradilla, BPMS.

LABARGE – The Sublette County School District No. 9 Board of Trustees recognized four Students of the Month at its Oct. 19 meeting in LaBarge.

Victoria Grace Munguia earned the LaBarge Elementary Student of the Month Award for October, presented by teacher Kati Hunt.

Munguia is the “perfect candidate” for the award, said Hunt.

“Victoria Grace shines not only academically, but as a person,” Hunt added. “She is kind and compassionate to her classmates and is usually the first to offer a helping hand.”

Munguia is a positive leader her classmates can look up to, Hunt told trustees.

“Victoria Grace strives for excellence,” Hunt said. “She is not satisfied unless her work is done neatly and correctly. She has high expectations of herself and will not be satisfied unless it is her best effort.”

Munguia “loves learning” and is a “joy to have as a student,” Hunt noted.

“Thank you, Victoria Grace, for being an amazing kid,” Hunt added. “I know you’re going to continue to do great things.”

P.E. teacher Jess Nugent honored Wilder Griffin as Big Piney Elementary Student of the Month.

“Wilder always does the right thing, even when no one is watching,” Nugent said. “He sits in his spot, waiting for me to come into the gym. He is never running around, sliding on the ground. He is patiently waiting to get started with class.”

Griffin can always be counted on to put in his best effort and consistently works to improve, Nugent said. 

Griffin also demonstrates respect and empathy, greeting others with a “contagious laugh” and “smile that can brighten any room,” Nugent said.

“Wilder is the first to celebrate when his classmates do something well and uses gentle reminders to help his classmates do the right thing,” she added. “Big Piney Elementary is so lucky to have a great student who leads by example.”

Griffin arrives to school ready to tackle any task and possesses a great sense of humor, said his classroom teacher, Misty Bowles.

“Wilder is so smart and puts so much effort into his daily work,” Bowles said. “He makes sure that his assignments are done correctly and beautifully. I look forward to spending the rest of the school year watching him learn and grow.”

District Superintendent Dr. Charles Jenks introduced Gerardo Galvan Gradilla as Big Piney Middle School Student of the Month for October.

BPMS teacher Jennie Kozeal commended Gradilla for exhibiting respect on a daily basis.

“Gerardo shows respect not only to his teachers, but to his peers,” she told trustees. “His quiet regard for other people is shown in this thoughtful consideration and attentiveness.”

Gradilla makes a point to thank Kozeal after each class.

“I teach for kids like Gerardo – the ones who don’t expect anything but give everything,” she said.

Science teacher Kristi Hibbert described Gradilla as a “leader among his peers,” treating those around him with “excellent manners” and holding himself to high standards.

“Gerardo’s actions are consistently in line with his values,” Hibbert wrote to the board. “Gerardo is a great human. I cannot be happier he is in class with me and I look forward to seeing what he will accomplish.”

Big Piney High School senior Thomas Howard received the Student of the Month Award for September. P.E. teacher Brian Willford nominated Howard and Principal Jeff Makelky presented him to the board.

Willford praised Howard as the “perfect example” of the district’s values.

Howard is “one of the most respectful students” at BPHS, treats others with empathy and is an example of integrity, Willford wrote. The senior is a “great leader,” exhibiting courage in the classroom and on the sports field.

Howard is a teacher’s aide and is a “great help” when it comes to managing a class of 29 freshmen, Willford added.

Teacher and student council advisor McKenzie Sullivan called Howard “respectful, responsible and driven.”

Howard stepped up as student body president this year, playing a significant role in organizing Homecoming events, Sullivan said.

“Thomas works well with other student council members to include opinions from all students when crafting a plan,” Sullivan explained. “He is truly an excellent student leader and I can’t wait to see what his future has in store for him.”

English teacher Tracy Hughes portrayed Howard as a “dedicated, diligent, hard working young man.”

“There is just too much to say about this beautiful human being,” Hughes said. “Thomas would help anyone out if you ask him to, but most of the time, you never have to ask him.”

Kozeal emphasized Howard’s excellence in academics and sports.

“He shows courage every day by never taking the easy road,” she added.

Western Sublette 9 Board of Cooperative Education Services director Angie Clifford said Howard is “tremendously helpful” with younger students and serves as a “positive influence.”

Makelky described Howard as a “role model” and “leader by action, not just words.”
“Thomas has truly developed into a leader of our school through the effort he makes to assist other students in any area that is needed” Makelky said.

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