BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Cari Doutre – June 19, 2020
There is still hope out there that one annual tradition has continued this year despite closed schools and quarantines.
The Tremonton Kiwanis Club presented their annual Hope of America awards to fifth and sixth grade students at northern Box Elder County schools last week - but with a few changes to accommodate COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions.
Instead of presenting the awards during school assemblies, or other traditional methods of recognizing students, individual schools made sure this year’s top male and female students were given the attention they deserve.
“Over 20 years ago, the Tremonton Kiwanis Club, believing that the strength of our nation was directly related to the strength of our schools and our students, started an awards program for fifth and sixth grade students in the elementary and intermediate schools,” stated Kiwanis Club President Zac Williams.
“This award is called the HOPE OF AMERICA. This award was created to honor outstanding students who demonstrated during the school year - leadership, good character, scholarship and a willingness to serve others,” he added. “The Kiwanis motto is ‘We Build.’ Our club honors those each year in our participating schools who are willing to ‘build’ a better tomorrow.”
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GARLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Reese Branch, daughter of Meagan and Willy Branch
“Reese Branch is a confident, kind leader. She leads by example. She gives 100% effort in all that she does, never makes excuses, and is a true friend to all. I love that girl!” – Tiffani Roche, Garland Elementary School – 5th grade teacher
Montel Larson, son of Rex and Shauna Larson
“Montel Larson is an outstanding student! He is incredibly smart. He always pushes himself to know and learn more. Montel loves to learn! He gives everything he does 100%. He is meticulous and careful and he always wants to do his very best. Montel is honest and trustworthy. He is extremely kind to other students and is friends with everyone. Montel leads by example. He is a great friend to all and encourages those around him to be their best. He has such an infectious positive attitude that makes our classroom a happier place to be. Way to go bud- we are proud of you!” - Petra Holst, Garland Elementary School – 5th grade teacher
FIELDING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Linkoln White, son of Riley and Jessica White
Savanah Corbridge, daughter of Richard and Adella Corbridge
NORTH PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Benjamin Call, son of Jonathan and Adeline Call
Izzy Bingham, daughter of Todd and Robyn Bingham
MCKINLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Rhett Anderson, son of Jason and Brooke Anderson
Madalyn Pali, daughter of Mitch and Morgan Pali
CENTURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Jaxtin Nelson, son of Michael Nelson and Brittlyn Jaskowski
Elizabeth Hales, daughter of Susan Hales and the late Scott Hales
ALICE C. HARRIS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL:
Tucker Nielson, son of Adam and Stacy Nielson
Padyn Richards, daughter of Tyson and Caylee Richards
Stephen Starnes, son of Jeffrey and Andrea Starnes
Kathryn Hamson, daughter of Judd and Rebecca Hamson
Keri Smith Jr., son of Keri and Heidi Smith
Taylie Call, daughter of Jared of Bryton Call
Hailee Winward, daughter of Thane and Angelie Winward