Middle School Warrior of the Week

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Middle school faculty develop future campus and community leaders by focusing on academic excellence and character education. Middle school faculty genuinely want to be meaningful, supportive educators in the lives of our students. One way we celebrate goodness, grit and growth in our youngest students is by awarding the Middle School Warrior of the Week.

The Middle School Warrior of the Week for January 17, 2020 is Leah Fischer '25. Teachers have been impressed with Leah's growth as a student in so many areas. Leah has learned maturity and patience with herself and with others, enabling her to be a successful student and an empathetic friend. Lately, Leah has become a true upstander for her peers, like cleaning up messes in the Whitfield Dining Room that aren’t hers and caring about students around her, often putting their needs ahead of her own. She is always kind and aware of others’ feelings. She understands the importance of listening to everyone’s opinions and encourages others to share, such as in seminar discussions and collaborative situations. In Spanish class, Leah pushes herself outside of her comfort zone on a daily basis, challenging herself to ask questions in Spanish instead of resorting to English. She uses perseverance and scholarship in all of her classes, always asking for clarification when necessary and taking the time to make sure she has given every task her careful attention.

The Middle School Warrior of the Week for December 20, 2019 is Ana Struckhoff ’25. The seventh grade teachers agree that Ana is truly one of a kind in the best possible way. Not only is she a team player who listens to everyone’s ideas and opinions, she also is incredibly nice, never saying an unkind word to anyone. Ana has a great sense of humor and often lightens the mood with her positivity. Her teachers are impressed with her independent creative problem-solving skills, her willingness to not always be right in order to learn, and her fearlessness in being who she authentically is. Ana always uses class time well, never gives up and goes “all in” on everything she does. She is a creative artist and performer, and you may remember her from the seventh grade lip sync or her role as an unconventional, yet hilarious, doctor in this year’s Middle School fall play, “The Happiness Shop.”

The Middle School Warrior of the Week for December 13, 2019 is Kaeden Anderson ’24. Kaeden is a friendly and kind middle school student. As an eighth grader, he shows a genuine curiosity for learning new things and an overall love of learning. Kaeden regularly asks great questions and looks for new ways to build knowledge. He shows leadership in class by pushing others to do their best and leading by example. Teachers appreciates Kaeden’s maturity who shows patience, kindness, and self-control by not responding to distractions, especially in math. He is new to Whitfield this year but seems right at home and truly embodies what it means to be a warrior.

The Middle School Warrior of the Week for November 22, 2019 is Dawn Foster ’25. Dawn personifies the word “joy” by finding fun in everything. No matter how difficult the situation, Dawn meets every challenge with a determined, positive attitude, enormous creativity, and always with a smile. Having transitioned into Course 3 math this year with tenacity, she always goes above and beyond expectations in her work and is not afraid of the "tough" problems. She loves to read and to analyze characters and stories. During a recent culture clash simulation in history, Dawn behaved with incredible maturity, using teamwork and self-control during a stressful and confusing situation. Her reflection on the activity stated that although she found herself getting angry and stressed, she was able to remain calm by being mindful and aware of her emotions. Dawn truly cares about her peers and checks in with them, using kindness and empathy. She has a sense of creativity and style that is uniquely her own, loves drawing, and face painting as well as her cowboy boots. She can sometimes be found reading a book under a table in Ms. Schnitzler’s classroom.

The Middle School Warrior of the Week for November 14, 2019 is Oliver Niemann '24. Oliver is a quirky, whimsical, and intelligent student who brings so much enthusiasm to the classroom. He is a studious and constant contributor who is very thoughtful in his approach to new concepts. Oliver demonstrates love of learning by seeking not just to learn the information, but truly understand it. He always makes his peers and teachers laugh, but is never distracting from the lesson. He does a great job balancing learning and laughter. He works well with others, and has one heck of a pencil collection, which benefits the entire 8th grade!