The first set of students was announced last week. Representing the sixth grade are Ryan Knisley and Rachel Keller; seventh grade, Clinton Ness and Hannah Felling; and eighth grade Stephanie Thomsen and Patrick Spooner.
The sixth grade teachers state Knisley is an extremely hardworking student. Heís a specially perseverant student who stays with a task no matter how challenging or difficult. Heís so friendly, heís always showing a pleasant smile. His teachers appreciate that he makes a special effort to visit and be interested in what they do.
The son of Dick and Roxann Knisley, rural Paynesville, he lists farming as his interests. His extracurricular activities include hunting, wrestling, flag football and fishing.
Rachel Keller is considered an enthusiastic and diligent student by her teachers. Sheís unafraid to admit an error sheís made. Sheís displayed a great sense of humor with a ready willingness to give and take in joking and teasing. Rachel is helpful and polite and an appreciated addition to the middle school. The daughter of Mike and Diane Keller, Paynesville, she likes spending her free time with her friends and biking.
The seventh grade teachers state Clinton Ness has good thinking ability, is a leader in class discussions, is polite and courteous and does outstanding academic work. The son of Joe and Diane Ness, rural Paynesville, Clinton enjoys playing video games, basketball and rollerblading.
Hannah Felling, rural Paynesville, is considered a pleasant student by her teachers. She seeks help when needed, offers help to others, and is actively involved in classwork. The daughter of Richard and Bridget Felling, Hannah enjoys talking on the phone, listening to music, riding her bicycle and playing volleyball. She is a member of the middle school student council, choir and band.
Eighth grade teachers state Patrick Spoonerís personality is as impressive as his classroom work ethic. Quality is the underlying tone in his subjects and also with how he treats people. He is a real positive role model. The son of Bill and Kay Spooner, rural Paynesville, Patrick enjoys free-style biking and snowboarding. He is a member of the middle school choir and basketball.
Stephanie Thomsen demonstrates an attitude and work ethic that is superior, her teachers state. She is very eager to learn and really seems to enjoy all that school has to offer. She definitely is an overachiever. The daughter of Terry and Debbi Thomsen, rural Paynesville, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, and hanging out with her friends. She is a member of the Grace United Methodist Church youth fellowship, junior bells and middle school choir.
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