December students honoredPublished 9:44pm Monday, January 28, 2013
Dowagiac Union Schools recognized six December Students of the Month in the middle school cafeteria Monday night with Chieftain Hero T-shirts.
Konner Voss, son of Mike and Kris Voss, is a second grader in Sarah Proctor’s class at Justus Gage Elementary School.
He gets his work done in a timely fashion and is willing to help others. Konner listens to directions and makes good classroom choices. He also participates in class discussions and patiently waits his turn during group activities.
Konner loves to go out to recess and to eat lunch. He enjoys doing word searches and working on the Smart Board in the classroom.
During “read to self” time, Konner always stays on task. Konner participates in all subjects and is always respectful and responsible. He also likes to work on projects that build things in the classroom.
At home, Konner likes to play on the iPad. His favorite game is “Real Steel.” He says he could play it all day long.
Sister Lakes second grader Zachary Weller, son of Steven and Jennifer Weller, has one brother, Caleb, and a sister, Emily.
Zac is a very eager learner. He is interested and engaged in classroom lessons, whether it is math or reading, social studies or science. He puts forth his best effort, even if a task is challenging.
Zac is kind to his classmates and is a good friend to all. He shares willingly and makes the classroom a richer place with his contributions and efforts.
Senior Paul Lamphere, son of Corey and Kris Lamphere, was nominated by his accounting teacher, Karen Vaickus.
“Paul is always on time, always in attendance,” Vaickus said. “He works ahead and helps other students when necessary. Paul pushes himself academically and represents our school well.”
Mike Williams, his soccer coach, said, “Paul has been a student athlete who is willing to help whenever needed. He has a great attitude and contagious personality. He has a positive impact on all those he comes into contact with.”
Paul is a member of the DUHS Rotary Interact Club and also plays golf.
After graduation, Paul will be attending Grand Valley State University.
Paul has one brother, Joshua.
The Dowagiac middle school sixth grader is the 11-year-old daughter of Heather McDougall and Marc Headapohl. She has three sisters: Hannah, a DMS seventh grader; Aubrey, a kindergartner; and Annaliese, a preschooler who attends in Portage; and a brother, Bryce, who doesn’t go to school yet.
Sarah, nominated by her science teacher, Amy Lowe, is active in 4-H and loves gymnastics.
Her favorite class is social studies because she finds all the dates and times extremely interesting.
After high school, Sarah would like to be a large-animal veterinarian. She has two dogs, Wednesday and Bingo.
When asked why she thought she was selected Student of the Month, Sarah said, “I always try to do my best in every class.”
Lowe said, “Sarah is very hard-working and extremely motivated to do well all of the time. She is always willing to work with anyone I assign her with for labs. Sarah volunteers to answer questions and goes above and beyond the regular assignment most of the time. Sarah is a real pleasure to have in class.”
Olivia Stanger, daughter of Melissa and Mike Stanger, is a model Patrick Hamilton Elementary School second grader.
She comes to school with excitement and enthusiasm. She is always ready to learn. Listening, following directions, being responsible and respectful are only a few of her many exemplar qualities. Her work ethic is impeccable.
Olivia is a very sincere, caring second grader.
Jack Stovern, son of Eric and Cindy Stovern, is a second grader in Jenn Wilson’s Kincheloe Elementary School class. He has two older sisters.
Jack is cooperative and attentive. He completes his work quickly and accurately. His excellent work is a reflection of his great attitude and effort.
Jack accepts responsibility beautifully and can be depended on to set a good example in citizenship as well as scholarship.
When Jack is older he would like to attend Michigan State University and become a police officer. Math is his favorite subject.
Wilson says she greatly appreciates the kindness, thoughtfulness and consideration Jack shows his classmates.