Three students recognized with monthly honor

BIG PINEY – The Sublette County School District No. 9 Board of Trustees honored three Students of the Month on Jan. 18.

Big Piney High School’s Student of the Month, Anton Vickrey, was performing with the Wyoming All-State Honor Band and will be recognized next month.

LaBarge Elementary fourth-grade teacher Kassidy Wiginton nominated John Henry Bright as Student of the Month. Bright treats teachers and classmates with “tremendous respect,” Wiginton told the board.

“I can remember a few times in class when John has gone out of his way to show kindness to another student,” Wiginton said. “It always brings a smile not only to his face, but to the other student’s as well.”

Bright’s compassion is a reflection of his empathetic nature, Wiginton added.

“I’ve seen John go out of his way to play with someone that might be having a hard time,” she said. “He has the biggest heart and is always looking to help others.”

Wiginton described Bright as a responsible student who makes the right choices and “goes above and beyond to be on task” in the classroom.

“John has also shown excellence when taking tests,” Wiginton said. “Whether it’s a weekly spelling test or a unit math test, he always tries his hardest and completes his work.”

Wiginton highlighted Bright’s courage in “showing up to school with a smile on his face and ready to learn” each day during a challenging year.

“I look forward to the rest of the year with John,” Wiginton said. “Keep working hard and continue to brighten up the room with your radiant smile.”

Big Piney Elementary third-grade teacher Bobbi Guenthner presented Rylie Sellers as Student of the Month.

Guenthner praised Sellers’ intelligence and his ability to “listen and process information” to “come up with ideas that no one else is thinking about.”

Sellers exhibits responsibility and a willingness to strive for excellence in the classroom.

“Rylie steps up and knows what is expected and he’s proud of his ability to do things well,” Guenthner said.

Respect and integrity are part of the code Sellers lives by, Guenthner told trustees.

“Rylie will demand your respect,” she explained. “If you want him to reciprocate respect back, show respect to him. He will accept differences of opinions once both sides have been aired and compromises have been made, and then he’s going to honor his deal.”

Big Piney Middle School social studies teacher Matt Klima recognized seventh-grader Wyatt Smith as Student of the Month.

“The district has a lot of great kids here, and Wyatt is one of them,” Klima said. “He is a well-mannered and respectful young man both to his peers and to his teachers.”

Smith excels in the classroom, earning As in each class, Klima told the board. During class discussion, Smith “constantly asks questions” and his contributions “take class conversations to the next level,” Klima added.

Klima relayed a story about Smith’s honesty and integrity. Smith went out of his way to remind Klima he was supposed to make a presentation in class.

“Now, if I were a seventh-grade young man, I would just forget to remind the teacher and take a few more days to do my project,” Klima said. “But there Wyatt was, ready to go, and of course, he knocked the presentation out of the park because that’s just how he rolls.”

BPMS English teacher Jess Nugent complimented Smith for demonstrating the district’s values, particularly responsibility. Smith is diligent about completing assignments on time and staying on top of his workload, she added.

“He’s an excellent communicator and he takes ownership of his education in my class,” Nugent wrote to the board. “I have really enjoyed getting to know Wyatt this year and really appreciate that he gives his best effort in my class.”

Klima agreed, stating, “I’m really excited I get to teach this young man for another year-and-a-half.”