April’s Breakfast of Champions

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April’s Breakfast of Champions

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Every month, staff members from each department select students that they believe go above and beyond in the classroom. These students meet bright and early at 7:00 a.m. in the library to gather for an event West Salem High School calls Breakfast of Champions.

The students that were nominated this month are: Ian Knudson ‘19 for Foreign Language, Abby Brueggeman ‘21 for Student Services, Ryan Fell ‘22 for Math, Sara Ziegler ‘20 for PE/Health, Rachel Newton ‘19 for Science, Colton Muellenberg ‘20 for Special Education/ Alternative Education, Zach Long ‘22 for CTE, Samantha Olson ‘19 for English, Megan Lassig ‘20 for Fine Arts, Wesley Whitehead ‘22 for Social Studies, and Josh Seefeldt ‘21 for Special Education/ Alternative Education.

“When I found out that I had been selected, I felt proud and validated,” said senior Rachel Newton. “I was glad that someone was noticing and appreciating all the hard work that I do inside and outside of the classroom. When at the banquet, I still felt these feelings, but it also gave me motivation to continue working hard, as I didn’t want to feel like I was letting down the teacher who had nominated me.”

Senior Sam Olson agrees with Newton that being noticed for consistent hard work is nice. “When I found out that I was picked as student of the month, I felt very proud that all of my hard work paid off,” senior Sam Olson said. “It was an honor to be nominated for this,” junior Sara Ziegler said. “It was fun to have breakfast and see other students who were also nominated.”

The Breakfast of Champions gives both the staff and the students the opportunity to help celebrate and recognize students’ success.“Success is measured in a variety of ways, from academic to just putting forth extra effort,”host of Breakfast of Champions Michelle Schwier said. “It gives everyone the opportunity to “celebrate” our students,” 

The Breakfast of Champions reaches out to the parents of the students as well. “You should see the smile on the parents faces, it’s amazing!” said Schwier. “I feel the Breakfast of Champions gives the students and parents a sense of encouragement and pride, ‘Panther Pride’. ”

 

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