Good citizens’ are honored in Basalt
Eight kids from Basalt’s schools were recognized as Student Citizens of the Month last week by the Town Council.
The students who were picked for their achievements were Jennifer Gagner, Ginevra Moore, Fabian Lujan and Anthony Hurd of the elementary school.
Two recognized from the middle school were Caitlin Doyle and Danny Guerra.
And from the high school, Bonnie McDaniel and Christopher Cottle received the accolades.
Gagner is a hard worker who never gives up, according to a proclamation read by the Town Council. “Her efforts show in the progress she is making. She is always polite and willing to help others.”
Moore is an outstanding student and good friend to all her classmates. “She shines especially in her thoughtful contributions during discussions and in her writing,” the town board said.
Lujan’s praise centered on his ability to work with others. “He comes to school with a smile on his face and a contagious excitement for learning.”
Hurd took honors for focusing on his classroom work and for self-control. “He works so hard academically. He is a good friend to others in his class,” the citation read.
The proclamation said there wasn’t enough room to adequately describe middle school student Doyle and her accomplishments. She is a bright, motivated learner who is concerned about other kids.
“She loves to write poetry and loves drama and any other creative endeavor,” the proclamation said. “She is a true joy to be around and a wonderful addition to our school.”
Guerra, it was said, is a positive influence on the middle school. “Often Danny is seen helping a fellow classmate figure out an assignment, assisting a teacher with clean-up or holding doors open for children and adults alike,” the proclamation said. “Danny has a helpful, joyful quality about him that makes him a pleasure to be around.”
High school student McDaniel was labeled a quiet achiever for all her activities, including participating in the Key Club and their current “Coats for Colorado” project.
“She served on a mission trip to South Africa where she assisted teachers in a Zulu school,” the proclamation said. “Bonnie is a student who has a wonderful spirit of service.”
Cottle was called an exemplary student. He is on the wrestling team and helps coach the middle school wrestlers.
“Chris gives his time as a mentor to an at-risk student with the Mid-Valley Buddies program,” the proclamation read. “Recently Chris gave his time to help plant trees at Basalt High School.
Students will be regularly recognized for their achievements in Basalt’s popular Citizen of the Month program.
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