This week's Miner of the Week is first-grader Maria Vasuez-Suazo. "Maria is always caring, kind, principled, and helpful. She arrives at school every day with a smile on her face and exudes her love for learning," said her teacher Mrs. Jenks. "In her time at Ophir Elementary, she has grown to be a role model in our school," said Mrs. Nell.
This week's Miner of the Week is kindergartner Wylie Brunner. "She greets me with a smile every morning and afternoon, and doesn't walk off the bus without saying, 'Have a good day Mr. Brad'. She is always very kind and sweet," said her bus driver Mr. Brad.
Hunter Strauss is a well-liked student with his eighth-grade classmates. He has shown major growth in becoming an effective and positive leader among his peers. His teacher relays he has been taking creative risk and makes learning look effortless. Hunter continues to shine by developing characteristics seldom seen in his peers.
Chris Rouse good naturedly razzes local customers as well as his coworkers at Blue Moon Bakery. As the bakery’s general manager, it doesn’t hurt that he knows many Big Sky residents. He spent almost a decade in the community helping create structure for restaurants at Big Sky Resort before returning to his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota.
This week's Miner of the Week is fifth-grade student Scarlet Rosheim. Scarlet is not only a dedicated student in the classroom, but she has also been spreading her wings on the basketball court. "She is very sweet and works really hard to learn the game," said one of her coaches. "Scarlet is very diligent and exhibits all of the learner profile
Roger Schwer and Marjie Toepffer’s story is one of resilience in the face of loss; hope in a time of uncertainty; and of faith in the renewing powers of love. They celebrate 12 years together, while jointly having nearly 100 years of marriage between them.
Sixth-grader Jose Chairez has been described as a fun, caring and kind student. He has consistently and without hesitation helped teachers and staff with translating for new students. Overall Jose displays a positive attitude and encourages others to do the same. Thanks Jose for all your help!
Lucas and Shannon Westblade moved to Big Sky in 2013 so Lucas could work with Young Life, an international Christian youth ministry in over 100 countries and in all 50 states. His position began as part-time and has grown to fulltime as the area director of Big Sky Young Life/Wyldlife.
Renae Schumacher has kept busy since she moved to Big Sky in 1993. For starters, she’s running the business she first purchased with her brother before buying him out – the Big Sky Conoco. In what leisure time she has left she is hiking, running, biking, golfing or skiing – although she’s been too busy to ski yet this year.
This week's Miner of the week is fourth grader Townes Laxson. "I am recognizing Townes as being a principled fourth grader this month. As I've gotten to know him, from the beginning of the year, I see that Townes takes responsibility for his own actions. He is not only kind, fair, and honest with his classmates, but with me too.