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McBride, Napierala KHS NISTAR Teachers

Two teachers at Kootenai High School were honored by the school’s NISTAR students.

Seniors Shannon Riley and Savanna Dutton were chosen as part of the North Idaho Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition program. They, in turn, each selected teacher whom they felt had an impact on them during their high school career.

Kathryn McBride previously taught math and Spanish at the high school for three years. Though she now teaches at Lakeland High School, she was selected by Shannon. Shannon said Ms. McBride was her favorite teacher.

Former Kootenai High School teacher Kathryn McBride was selected by senior Shannon Riley as part of the NISTAR program. The pair were honored at a banquet May 5.

Former Kootenai High School teacher Kathryn McBride was selected by senior Shannon Riley as part of the NISTAR program. The pair were honored at a banquet May 5.

“Her classes were really fun and we always did a lot of different activities. Sheís good at explaining things and always had time to answer questions,” Shannon said.

Mrs. McBride said she was surprised to receive the recognition especially since she was one of the newer teachers at the district.

“Shannon is an exceptional student and a joy to have in class,” she said. “She is highly motivated in her studies as well as active in the school’s athletic programs … she does not hesitate to provide guidance and assistance to students, teachers and staff. I feel privileged to have had her in my class and glad to have formed a bond of friendship that continues today.”

Shannon plans to attend Oregon State University and study biology and science. She is the daughter of Lisa Hawdon and Dennis Riley.

Doug Napierala, who has coached and taught at Kootenai High School for 16 years, was chosen by Savanna.

“He’s always willing to listen and help you out,” she said. “Heís wise and gives good advice. He doesn’t judge you.”

Kootenai senior Savanna Dutton, who was selected for the NISTAR honor this year, chose teacher and coach Doug Napierala to share the honor with her. Students chosen for NITSTAR select a teacher who has impacted them during their high school career.

Kootenai senior Savanna Dutton, who was selected for the NISTAR honor this year, chose teacher and coach Doug Napierala to share the honor with her. Students chosen for NITSTAR select a teacher who has impacted them during their high school career.

Mr. Napierala said it was an honor to be chosen by Savanna. He said she is a very good student and will do well.

“She’s motivated in anything she does,” he said. “She’s set on what she wants and has the drive and determination to get there.”

Savanna will study biology at the University of Idaho and plans to later attend medical school and become a surgeon. Savanna is the daughter of Sharon and Robert Dutton.

Teachers and students were honored at the NISTAR banquet May 5.

Broyles, Silflow Honored by SMHS Grads

Two St. Maries seniors and the teachers they selected were recognized at banquet May 5 as part of the North Idaho Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition program.

Each year, as part of the NISTAR program, St. Maries selects two seniors based on their academic performance and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Then, each student selects a teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their academic development.

This year, students Ryan McNulty and Nathaniel Benham were selected for the honor. Ryan chose Kippy Silflow, and Nathaniel selected Jim Broyles.

St. Maries students and the teachers they selected were honored by the NISTAR program May 5. Nathaniel Benham selected Jim Broyles and Ryan McNulty selected Kippy Silflow.

St. Maries students and the teachers they selected were honored by the NISTAR program May 5. Nathaniel Benham selected Jim Broyles and Ryan McNulty selected Kippy Silflow.

Mrs. Silflow has taught at the high school for 25 years. She teaches math and also is the advisor for the drama club.

Ryan said he selected Mrs. Silflow because she always works hard, not only when it comes to teaching students math, but in everything she’s involved in. He said she makes a good teacher for several different reasons.

“She has an ability to understand what’s going on in your head, and she knows how to help you work through a problem,” he said.

Mrs. Silflow said she was honored to be selected by Ryan. She said he is a wonderful student who excels above and beyond anything he does.

“He is dedicated and always motivated,” she said. “He will do exceedingly well in whatever he sets out to accomplish.”

Ryan plans to attend the University of Idaho and major in business economics.

Nathaniel said he selected Mr. Broyles because of all he does for the school district. Mr. Broyles has worked at the district for four years and teaches Spanish, anatomy and physiology, honors biology and choir.

“He has done a great amount of service for the district, filling in to teach where needed,” Nathaniel said. “He always does extra stuff.”

Nathaniel said Mr. Broyles has the ability to go in-depth on the topics he covers, which makes him a great teacher.

Mr. Broyles said he has no doubts Nathaniel will succeed in the future. He said Nathaniel is a student who likes to learn.

“He’s a serious student and likes to take things to the next level. When there is a challenge, he rises to meet it and thrives on it,” he said.

After a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Nathaniel hopes to go to school to become a game writer.

Ryan is the son of Dr. John and Sharri McNulty. Nathaniel is the son of Curtis and Yvette Benham.

Lakeside’s Top Name Veile, Wilcoxson

A third grade teacher and high school history teacher were honored May 5 at a banquet for the North Idaho Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition program.

The two teachers who work for the Plummer-Worley school district were selected by seniors Jonathan Daman and Sheyenne Shamburg, who were also honored at the banquet.

The two seniors were selected based on their academic performance and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Then, each student selected a teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their academic development.

Jonathan chose Brad Veile, who has been with the district for 24 years and teaches history. Sheyenne selected her fourth grade teacher, Bonnie Wilcoxson, who has been with the district for 12 years.

As part of the NISTAR program, Lakeside High School seniors Jonathan Daman and Sheyenne Shamburg each selected a teacher who had an impact on them. Jonathan selected Brad Veile and Bonnie Wilcoxson was chosen by Sheyenne.

As part of the NISTAR program, Lakeside High School seniors Jonathan Daman and Sheyenne Shamburg each selected a teacher who had an impact on them. Jonathan selected Brad Veile and Bonnie Wilcoxson was chosen by Sheyenne.

“She was my favorite elementary teacher,” Sheyenne said. “She was really fun. We always took so many field trips, and we had a lot of stray animals.”

And even though Ms. Wilcoxson forgot about Sheyenne once when she took the class to lunch, Sheyenne didn’t forget about her favorite teacher when it came time to make her selection.

“I can’t let her live it down,” Sheyenne said. “I was doing advanced math and so I was in a different part of the classroom and she took the class to lunch. I thought it was quiet so I walked out and everyone was gone.”

Ms. Wilcoxson said she was very surprised and humbled to be selected by Sheyenne.

“I didn’t even know the award existed,” she said. “And seniors tend to forget they were ever in elementary school. I’m very humbled to have been selected.”

While Sheyenne has an “awesome senses of humor,” Ms. Wilcoxson said Sheyenne is very dedicated and very serious when it comes to school.

“It was obvious from the get-go that she excelled in math,” she said. “She deserves this award.”

Sheyenne is the daughter of Larinda Howard and Corey Shamburg. She plans to attend college and study physical therapy.

Jonathan selected Mr. Veile because he has become a “good friend.” He said Mr. Veile excels at teaching students because he finds unique ways to present the material.

“He’s always great about engaging people,” Jonathan said. “Not only have I had him for class, but he coaches track as well.”

Mr. Veile said it is always a surprise to be selected. He said Jonathan will do well in the future.

“He’s interested in learning. Grades aren’t just the bottom line for him. He’s interested and engaged. He’s got the study skills and habits to be successful in college,” Mr. Veile said.

Jonathan is the son of Paul and LeAnn Daman. He plans to study agriculture business in college.

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