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SHS honors characters of the month

Julie Sutor
Special to the DailyFrom left to right, Garrett Hedman, Basil Stetson, Bianca Brostrom and Ian Chapman demonstrated outstanding character at Summit High School this month, earning them the January Character of the Month award.

FARMER’S KORNER – When it comes to great character, Summit High School students have plenty.

And each month they are recognized.

Bianca Brostrom, Ian Chapman, Basil Stetson and Garrett Hedman earned the school’s Character of the Month (COTM) award for January.

SHS staff and students submit written nominations each month and give out the award to recognize community service, volunteer work, heroic acts, good deeds and outstanding character.

Garrett Hedman participated in a project to donate furniture and other items to the local West African community. Many West Africans have come to the U.S. seeking asylum from political turmoil in their native countries.

“They came over with nothing, so this is a major contribution to help get them established,” read Hedman’s nomination. “This is hard, manual labor for a great human cause.”

Senior Ian Chapman received the COTM award for his role in a trip to Juarez, Mexico, during the holiday break to build homes for impoverished families. Chapman helped orchestrate a talent show during the trip to entertain his fellow builders.

Ninth-grader Bianca Brostrom earned her award for bully-proofing her English class. She overheard one student mocking another and made it clear that she found such behavior unacceptable.

Later on in the class, the offending student threw out another jab, only to have three other students follow Brostrom’s example by telling him to pipe down.

“Because of Bianca’s willingness to stand up for what she thought was right, she inspired other students to do the same bully-proofing,” read Brostrom’s nomination.

Basil Stetson, a senator for the junior class, has made great strides academically this year. Like Chapman, Stetson joined in on the trip to Juarez and helped organize the group’s entertainment in addition to his construction duties.

“He has a wonderful disposition on life,” read Stetson’s nomination. “I can see Basil with a bright future, because he has shown dedication, heart and passion in what he believes.”

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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