Student of the Week 2022-2023

3 days ago

Kaitlyn Meyrick


Kaitlyn Meyrick, who is an eighth grade student at McCormick Junior High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Jan. 23.

She was nominated by the selection committee because she is an academic rock star, a musician with McCormick Orchestra and a standout soccer player.

“No matter what community Kaitlyn is contributing to, she is doing it with zest, intelligence and kindness,” members of the selection committee said. “She is a remarkable combination of all three, always proud to work her hardest and be her best. She is a fantastic leader, a positive peer, and we so appreciate her.”

Meyrick likes to hang out with family and friends. She looks up to her older sister for inspiration. She enjoys orchestra, volleyball, and volunteering with her soccer club.

In the future, Meyrick wants to pursue a career in the medical field.

Her favorite teacher is Leslie Fox because she is inspirational and supportive.


Jan. 16 - Kearra "Arlo Siler


Kearra “Arlo” Siler, who is an 11th grade student at Triumph High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Jan. 16.

She was nominated by the selection committee because she is a tremendously fun, respectful, and productive student. Siler is always in a good mood and is the first one to smile and take on an assigned task. She is patient, tolerant and liked by everyone.

As an example of her pro-social behavior, Siler once went above and beyond by sharing her favorite Russian salad dressing with everyone after an amusing circle conversation about the “best salad dressing.”

Siler’s favorite teacher is Doug Moratzka because he is charismatic, always in a good mood and helps push her to get her work done. 


Jan. 9 - Logan Goff


Logan Goff, who is a seventh grader at Carey Junior High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Jan. 9.

He was nominated by the selection committee because he is polite in all his interactions such as holding doors, picking up trash and helping his peers. Goff is a friend to anyone who needs one. He works hard in his classes and always follows teachers’ instructions.

Goff’s interests are video games, programming and tinkering with electronics or anything mechanical. He can often be found with a book about astrophysics and space exploration.

Goff participates in all his classes and is a leader in demonstrating safe, respectful and responsible behavior.

His favorite teacher is Bailey Lanier, who helps him do well in English.


Jan. 2 - Savannah Judkins


Savannah Judkins, who is a senior at South High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Jan. 2.

She was nominated by the selection committee for her outstanding academic success. She is ranked No. 1 in the senior class with a 4.321 GPA. The selection committee shared that Judkins is a quiet leader who works hard and is committed to excellence. Judkins is involved in the music community and has served as Master for Orchestra for the last three years. She has also been selected for All State Orchestra all four years of high school.

Judkins is an active participant in We the People, Color Guard, National Honor Society, band, jazz band, marching band and orchestra.

Outside of school she works at Hathaway and Coons Law Firm.

Judkins plans to attend college at the University Wyoming or Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington to pursue a degree in music education.

Her favorite teacher is Jaylene Willhite because she has been her musical mentor since seventh grade. Willhite has inspired her to become a music teacher.


Dec. 19 - Andrew Edwards


Andrea Edwards, who is a senior at Central High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Dec. 19.

She was nominated by the selection committee for her 4.0 unweighted GPA and a 4.277 weighted GPA, and is the top of her class. She takes honors and AP classes because she likes the challenge and earning college credits.

“She is a true role model for all students and is respected by those who get to know her,” the selection committee said.

Edwards helped start and grow Central’s Academic Challenge team. She is the president of both the Academic Challenge Team and the International Club. She likes to be in clubs because they expand her knowledge.

She has a love for history and is an intern at the Wyoming State Archives.

Edwards’ favorite teacher is Courtney Paul because she is easy to talk to and makes her feel comfortable and heard.


Dec. 12 - Finnegan Fournier


Finnegan Fournier, who is a seventh grader at Johnson Junior High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Dec. 12.

He was nominated by the selection committee for his commitment to perfect attendance, 4.0 GPA while taking eighth grade honors math, advanced band, honors science; and for lettering in boys cross country.

Fournier is an avid hockey player. He also plays lacrosse and volunteers for community clean-up projects with his team.

Fournier wants to be a robotics engineer and is looking into school options such as the Naval Academy. He loves to invent and tinker.

He has a loving and supportive family, and his younger brother is a huge part of his life.

Fournier’s favorite teacher is Shelby Brown because she keeps the honors math class fun, and the work is “difficult but not boring.”


Dec. 5 - Alexis Johnson


Alexis Johnson, who is a senior at East High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Dec. 5.

She was nominated by the selection committee because she has excellent attendance, maintains a 4.0 GPA and is one of East’s top 16 students for GPA out of 305 seniors.

According to the selection committee, Johnson is great student who has high expectations for herself and is always willing to contribute her talents to help other students.

She volunteers for Friday Food Bag Foundation and participates in National Honor Society, Interact Clubs and SkillsUSA. When she is not at school or volunteering she enjoys traveling and working out at the gym.

After high school she wants to attend the University of Wyoming to study biomedical engineering and then go on to medical school. Johnson’s dream is to create artificial organs to assist with saving lives.

Her favorite teacher is Mark Seivley because he is super helpful and makes class fun.


Nov. 28 - Trey Korber Green


Trey Korber Green, who is a seventh grader at McCormick Junior High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Nov. 28.

He was nominated by the selection committee because he is a hard worker, who remains engaged and provides excellent work.

According to the committee, Korber Green is a valuable class member who provides insightful comments during class discussions. He is also involved in Student to Student, a connection network and service group for military families.

Korber Green enjoys spending time with family, drawing, playing games, fishing and watching movies. As a military family member he would like to become a military doctor because he likes to help people.

Outside of class and family time, he enjoys playing football, golf and basketball.

His favorite teacher is Ann Christopherson because she brings a lot of fun and joy to class.


Nov. 21 - Shondra Derby


Shondra Derby, who is a senior at Triumph High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Nov. 21.

She was nominated by the selection committee because she is a dedicated student. She is intelligent, happy, and a little shy.  

Derby’s family is proud of her artistic talents, and she plans to pursue a career in fashion design. Her friends describe her as fun-loving and open-minded. She is known to be a good friend that supports and cares for her classmates.

Derby is a member of the National Honor Society. She also participates in the school’s annual blood draw.

Derby said her favorite teacher is Amber Martens because she is kind and patient.


Nov. 14 - Makaila Merriam


Makaila Merriam, who is an eighth grader at Carey Junior High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Nov. 14.

She was nominated by the selection committee because she works hard and does her best in all aspects of school. Merriam’s character is outstanding as she always goes out of her way to help students and staff.

She has a 4.0 GPA and is interested in theater, art, diving and playing the violin.

According to the selection committee, Merriam’s attitude is always positive and represents the best of Carey Junior High School.

Her favorite teacher is RaeAnn Merry, whom she sees as an effective and caring math teacher.


Nov. 7 - James Hushbeck


James Hushbeck, who is a junior at South High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Nov. 7.

He was nominated by the selection committee for his outstanding academic success with 4.195 GPA and his involvement in the school community.

Hushbeck has participated in football and marching band for three years and was awarded All-State in band for his talents in playing baritone. He is loved by his peers and was named Prince of Homecoming. His teachers say he is an eloquent and thoughtful writer and considers his words before speaks.

Hushbeck has a strong work ethic and easy-going attitude and works to balance academics, athletics and activities. He has participated in South High’s leadership program and is a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

His favorite teacher is his band teacher, Gino Hernandez, because he is easy to be around, friendly and easy to talk to.


Oct. 31 - Jose Escobedo


Jose Escobedo, who is a senior at Central High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Oct. 31.

He was nominated by the selection committee for being a hard-worker and being able to manage and prioritize his time. He has many good qualities such as being kind, helpful and polite.

According to the selection committee, Escobedo has positive energy and is quick to advocate for himself. He is well-prepared, engaged and has good morals and values along with a lot of respect for himself and peers.

Escobedo is involved in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. He moved to Cheyenne from Jackson, Wyoming, nine months ago.

His favorite teacher is Max Vega-Rodriguez because he is nice, flexible, helpful and makes learning fun.


Oct. 24 - Tremel Ray


Tremel Ray, who is an eighth grader at Johnson Junior High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Oct. 24.

He was nominated by the selection committee for his growth over the past year and to celebrate the fantastic student he has become. He is dedicated to the motto of “1% better every day,” which helped get him where he is today.

Ray loves and cares for his brother, four sisters and his mother. He dedicates this award to his mother for her continued coaching, guidance, motivation, and sheer determination.

Ray has played basketball since he was 3. After high school, he wants to continue to play basketball and has dreamed of playing for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Ray’s favorite teacher is Dashay Hunt because he checks on him every day and motivates him to not give up and keep going.


Oct. 17 - Dakota Angeloe


Dakota Angeloe, who is a senior at East High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Oct. 17.

He was nominated by the selection committee for working hard academically. He has been involved in Air Force Junior ROTC for four years building leadership skills and is a team member of AFJROTC’s model rocketry program. He also has excellent skills in woodshop class.

ROTC Instructor Col. Christopher Johnson said, “Dakota is great young man who always works hard to wear the uniform with pride in ROTC and is always eager to learn new things.”

Angeloe serves as a teachers’ assistant in Career Counselor Aimee Steil’s office.

“He takes on each task with a genuine good nature and is positive in all his interactions with peers and adults,” Steil said.

Angeloe’s dream was to enlist in the military but due to a medical condition he is disqualified. However, he remains positive and plans to pursue a career in carpentry.

His favorite teacher is Peter Berg because he makes history fun and easy to learn. His class is engaging and full of fun activities.


Oct. 10 - Makenzy Creel


Makenzy, who is an eighth grader at McCormick Junior High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Oct. 10.

She was nominated by the selection committee for being a great student in and out of the classroom. She maintains excellent grades, has received a citizenship award and is always willing to help others. Creel also represents McCormick in extra-curricular activities such as athletics. She is an example of positivity for her peers.

Creel enjoys watching the latest action movies, listening to her favorite songs, spending time with family and friends, and playing volleyball. Her mother inspires her because of her military service and because she makes a positive impact on our country. Her career goal is to become a pediatric surgeon.

Her favorite teacher is Phil Bennett because he is a great teacher in the classroom, and she thinks “he is the best basketball coach ever.”


Oct. 3 - Beau Austin


Beau Austin, who is a senior at Triumph High School, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Oct. 3.

He was nominated by the selection committee for his diligence, self-direction, and hard work in the classroom. He exemplifies what it means to be a student at Triumph High School.

“He has an advanced emotional maturity that, when coupled with his intelligence, allows him to navigate successfully through his coursework,” Triumph Principal Troy Lake said.

According to the selection committee, Austin is always willing to help classmates with advice or by giving out food when they are in need. He has a positive attitude and a belief that he will improve. According to Lake, this has led to a tremendous amount of growth.

His favorite teacher is Tim Freymuth because he helped allow and encourage Austin to develop his current mindset and instill hope for the future.


Sept. 19 - Aiden Weber


Aiden Weber, who is a senior at South High, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Sept. 19.

He was nominated by the selection committee for his team building and peer mentorship.

“His teachers describe him as hard working, helpful, and a positive member of the HERD,” South Assistant Principal Kerri Gentry said.

According to the selection committee, anytime he has the chance to help a teacher or classmate, Weber is the first to volunteer. He also works closely with teachers to understand class content.

Academically, Weber has participated in SkillsUSA robotics for the last three years. In 2022, he was a State Qualifier and placed 2nd, which earned him a spot to go to nationals.

His SkillsUSA coach described him as a very dedicated member, peer leader and mentor.

As an athlete, Weber has played football for the last four years and wrestled for three years. Due to an ACL injury, he may be unable to participate in wrestling matches this year.

"This summer he coordinated, planned and guided the Little Junior Bison Football Camp, where he taught young aspiring football players in the community that not only is playing football fun, but being a Bison someday is the best way to grow as a student and athlete," Gentry said.

His coaches described him as a lighthearted, supportive, and positive leader who pushes through adversity.

Weber is not only an excellent student but has also been a South High employee for the last three years as a student sweeper.

After graduation, he plans on attending college to play football and receive a degree in sports medicine.


Sept. 26 - Achyut Ramesh


Achyut Ramesh, who is an eighth grader at Carey Junior High, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Sept. 26.

He was nominated by the selection committee for his strong work ethic, exceptional grades and positivity throughout the classroom. Committee members described Ramesh as very compassionate and always lending a helping hand to his peers.

“His teachers describe him as the glue in the classroom, unifying his peers,” Carey Principal Derek Nissen said.

Ramesh likes to participate in the Special Olympics. He also enjoys bowling and is a very talented artist.

His favorite teacher is Tifaney Jenkins because he loves going to art class.