FD schools name students, employee of month
The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced its students and employees of the month for April. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, as well as one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations.
Hayden Zuspann, the son of Jerid and Allison Zuspann, is the elementary student of the month. He was nominated by Kim Vaughn. She said Zuspann always tries his best on his school work. He is eager to try new things even if he may make a mistake, he knows he is still learning and takes it in stride. She said he is the first to step up to volunteer to help or just helps on his own if he sees someone struggling. She admires him for his willingness to help others who are having difficulties.
Vaughn said Zuspann asks others to join him at recess and encourages others to join a game. He has exemplary sportsmanship, encouraging everyone to try their best and congratulating those who win. He plays fair, takes turns and is out to have a good time. She stated Zuspann is a kind, caring and responsible student who always has a smile on his face and is an outstanding role model to his peers.
“Hayden always does what is asked of him and what is right,” Vaughn said. “I can trust him to do anything for me and know that he will take it serious. He is an outstanding boy and student and I look forward to seeing what he does in the future.”
Sawyer Springer, son of Steve and Juli Springer, is the middle school student of the month. He was nominated by John Newman. He indicated that Springer demonstrates positive academic behaviors in class and comes to school every day ready to learn. However, that is not what sets him apart from his peers. Springer seems to care more about why the answer is right rather than that it is correct. He is naturally inquisitive and is willing to investigate further to uncover the unknown. In addition, Springer models good character and kindness by being genuine. He’s an attentive listener, polite and models the Golden Rule. He is willing to work in any group he’s assigned to and takes the time to ask the opinions of everyone. He values and respects the ideas of others. Springer includes everyone, showing he has natural leadership ability.
“Sawyer is willing to assist others if they need help, he smiles when he is talking to you, and he shows he cares about what you have to say by making eye contact,” Newman said. “He is deserving of this honor because it is clear he cares about the work we do at school and knows the value of working hard and caring for others.”
Asle Thorson, son of Tjeran and Julie Thorson, is the Fort Dodge Senior High student of the month. He was nominated by Dan Adams. Adams said Thorson is a hardworking self-starter who understands the importance of a great education. He is a resourceful, creative and solution-oriented student. He maintains a 4.0 GPA and participates in TAG while taking a full load of college preparatory courses. Thorson exemplifies superior skills not only in academics, but also in leadership and most importantly in character. He functions well as a team leader, and also works effectively as a team member. His written and verbal communication skills are outstanding. Thorson gets along well with peers as well as teachers.
“Asle is highly respected as both a person and student by peers, teachers, coaches and parents. He is a rare individual blessed with superior skills in academics, athletics and character,” said Adams. “He is an asset to Fort Dodge Senior High!”
Susan Winter is the employee of the month. She was nominated by Sara Stepan.
Stepan said Winter is always there to help her, a new teacher to the district. She said Winter is dedicated to making sure her students always have the best learning opportunities and is not afraid to learn and utilize new ideas and techniques to help accomplish this. Stepan mentioned Winter is quick to volunteer for extra duties, voluntary trainings and committees looking for new members. She stated Winter always shows respect to students, parents and peers, engaging in thoughtful conversations. Stepan shared that Winter is one of the kindest people she has ever met and she looks forward to her bright smile and cheery disposition.
“Susan makes every student feel like they are the most important person in her life and it shows in how well her students do academically,” Stepan said. “She ensures that all students are receiving the commitment they deserve. Susan truly cares about what she does, who she does it with, and who she does it for.”