Giving thanks, giving back

Nov 27, 2019 Clair McFarland, Staff Writer

While a frothy blizzard swept the last day of the shortened school-week away on Tuesday, Riverton High School and Riverton Middle School students gave thanks.

RHS senior Madilynn Smith said she's grateful for her family members, "who are there to support me when life around me is less stable due to the changing times that adolescence is."

'The work they put in'

Anna Hutchison, a junior, was especially thankful to have good teachers at her school, saying she notices "the work they put into teaching us."

Hutchison gave a shout-out to RHS activities director Reggie Miller for his efforts as well.

Senior Cade Campbell agreed.

"It is obvious when a teacher enjoys the job and appreciates the students. Likewise," he noted, "it is obvious (when) individuals do not want to be there."

The transparency of teacher-traits makes him "extremely thankful for the individuals that show up every day ready to change lives."

Not related to the senior boy but bearing the same surname is Chaylee Campbell, a sophomore, who was thankful for friends, family, education and life.

'To be alive and healthy'

Junior boy Kameron Murfitt keeps a broad view when giving thanks.

"I am grateful for my friends and family. I am grateful for my church and job. I am grateful to be alive and healthy."

A pair of Murfitt's peers sounded their platonic yawp over the roofs of the world this Thanksgiving - all for RHS senior Isaac Almejo-Ponce.

"I'm thankful for my family, my friends, a good education, freedom, and mostly Isaac," said Almejo-Ponce's friend Trevon Stevens, who is a senior getting ready not just for Thanksgiving, but for the last swimming season of his high school career as well.

WolverineR00;senior boy Zachary Kellogg also is "thankful for my friends, but mostly Isaac."

'Can't complain'

From under the crushing weight of his friends' adoration, Almejo-Ponce said "what can I say? I'm thankful for all the friends that appreciate me as I do them! I'm healthy and happy - can't complain."

Almejo-Ponce's merits may have permeated Thanksgiving, but they've got some competition from our furry companions of both the human and non-human varieties:

Sophomore Kate McDonald was especially grateful "for my brother and his dog!"

McDonald also gave thanks for free education and the sports activities available to her, and friends, family, and her sisters.

Middle schoolers

At the middle school, the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade building wings are replete with timidity, but gratitude still ripples amid preteen confluence.

Seventh-grader Mallorie Bichel beamed over the prospect of spending Thanksgiving with her grandma, Leta.

She also said she's grateful for family and friends this holiday week.

Sixth-grader Alexis Taylor and seventh grader Aspyn Moss were both thankful to have the gifts of family and education.

Two eighth-grade boys, Leim Mena and Storm Blackburn, were grateful, sweetly and simply, for family.

Blake Schatza praised the delights of food and technology from the pivotal perspective of seventh grade. When asked if "technology" meant smart-phones, video games, or fast cars, Schatza said "all of those" with a grin.

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