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MINER OF THE WEEK

Terry Wetzel is the transportation supervisor, aka “Bus Driver Extraordinaire” for the Big Sky School District. Mr. Wetzel ensures that all bus riding students are transported to and from school safely. Mr. Wetzel is loved by his riders. “He’s a really good bus driver and he’s really, really fun. I love him as my bus driver.

MINER OF THE WEEK

Dezi Putnam is this week’s Miner of the Week. Dezi is an 8th grader at Ophir Middle School. Dezi is an active part of our school community. You can often find her fundraising for the 8th grade D.C. trip or any other events we have at school. 

MINERS OF THE WEEK

This week we would like to nominate two Miners of the Week, Elijah Harder and Sabine Hurlbut. Elijah and Sabine were the last two students standing at the recent spelling bee, and they showed courage and tenacity as they stood up there spelling words in front of a large crowd.

Marne Hayes leads Montana Business Outdoors

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Marne Hayes experienced Big Sky during a unique period of expansion and growth during her more than 10 years at the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. As executive director for the chamber from 2001 to 2011, she saw the community cope with unprecedented growth, a recession and then the uptick of growth following it.  

Erika Frounfelker

MINERS OF THE WEEK

Abby and Erika represent the counseling team here at the Big Sky School District. They are both tireless workers with a 110 percent focus on students. This week, they both have worked really hard to bring the Kindness Challenge to the Big Sky community.

Ophir third graders Sabine Hurlbut (left) and Pearl Goldberg show off their artwork, which will become part of a larger quilt. PHOTO COURTESY OF BSSD

Show some heart

“Have a nice day!” Those words, while seemingly simple, can really hit home for someone who could use some positivity. While “random acts of kindness” are welcome year-round, Big Sky School District teacher Erika Frounfelker is inviting Big Sky to expand its kindness quota by participating in the Great Kindness Challenge Jan. 29–Feb. 2.  

While he visits Big Sky as often as he can, House is still in awe of all the changes in his hometown lately, including the new shops along Town Center Avenue, seen here.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

The last time the Lookout caught up with Trevor House he was 16 years old, one of the first students at Lone Peak High School, and just back from Cambodia where he had participated in an American Youth Leadership program. Four years later, he’s majoring in economics with a minor in computer science at Stanford University.

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