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Bears News · Boys Athlete of the Month – January 2018


Boys Student Athlete of the Month: Zac Miller

Zac Miller is a senior, and the son of Todd and Kayla Miller.  Zac has wrestled on three divisional championship teams, a state championship team and a state runner-up team.  Heading into the 2018 season, Bear River was said to be in a rebuilding mode, but through great senior leadership and hard work, the Bears are 24-3 in dual meets.  Zac is sporting a 15-8 record at the 182 pound position.  Zac had a huge match in the Box Elder dual; beating an opponent who he had lost to the week before.  Zac’s victory helped propel the Bears to a 45-21 win over their cross county rival.

Even more impressive is Zac’s prowess in the classroom.  He sports a 4.0 GPA and scored a 32 on his ACT test.  He has already accepted a full tuition academic scholarship to Utah State next fall.  He looks forward to wrestling in the state tournament in February, and being added to the long list of BR wrestlers who have made the Academic All-State squad.  Zac plans on serving an LDS mission and continuing in his father’s steps, by going to medical school.

Coaches Jeff Smart and Gene Wilcox
Head and Assistant Wrestling Coaches
Bear River High School

 I have not had the privilege of teaching or working with Zac, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t observed the class in which he carries himself both on the wrestling mat and in the halls of Bear River High.  Zac isn’t one of those kids that needs a lot of recognition he just quietly excels at everything he does.  There is a famous quote that exemplifies Zac, “Make each day your masterpiece!”  As you look at his accomplishments and how he acts and how he treats people Zac definitely does his best each day in everything he does.  What really impresses me is all the hours he has put into his wrestling yet he has made the time to excel in his academics.  Not only does he have a 4.0 but he has done that while taking virtually every AP and College class that is offered!  Zac exemplifies what is meant by ‘Student Athlete.’

As an Athletic Director I appreciate Zac’s example to his fellow student athletes on how to act as a student athlete but even more important for his example of how to treat people!

Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High school

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Bears News · Girls Athlete of the Month – January 2018


Girls Student Athlete of the Month: Rachel Fronk

Rachel Fronk is a three sport athlete that excels, not only in sports, but also in the classroom. She currently sports a 3.95 GPA while also taking classes from USU. She holds a high standard for herself and works very hard to achieve her goals. One of my favorite quotes is by Tim Notke, who was a high school basketball coach. He said, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Rachel is both talented and willing to put in the time when no one is watching to be successful.

Rachel loves to have fun on the court, keeping everyone happy and smiling. She has become a leader who people gravitate to and look to for encouragement. As successful as she has been, she has always pushed the team to have a team first attitude.

Mike Corbridge
Head Girls Basketball Coach
Bear River High School

Watching Rachel grow up you always knew she was going to be a fire cracker.  If you didn’t know her you would think she is this quiet, shy person but you would be very wrong.  She is what I would call the quiet assassin, she doesn’t say anything but just uses her athleticism, competitiveness, and determination to dominate her opponents.  It doesn’t matter if it is on the volleyball court, the basketball court or the track she is one of the most explosive athletes you will watch.  She has a very bubbly energetic personality that loves to laugh and have fun.  Having taught her and watched her grow up I can tell you she is an extremely hard worker.

I think one of the greatest qualities she has, which her coach mentioned, is she truly cares for her team and others.  She always wants what is best for her teammates both individually and collectively.  Rachel thanks for being a great example to your schoolmates as well as your teammates of  what  it means to be a good student, a good athlete but most importantly a good person.  I wish you all the best in the  future.

Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High school

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Bears News · Girls Athlete of the Month – December 2017


Girls Student Athlete of the Month: Samantha Allen

Sami is one of the triplets of Joann and Matt Allen from Fielding. Not only is she exceptionally talented in cheer, dance, and tumbling she has phenomenal grades. She currently maintains a 3.98 while taking rigorous classes and concurrent enrollment through USU. Sami was awarded the Top All-American this year at camp. This is awarded to the highest scoring individual at camp in six categories of cheer (motions, dance, tumbling, stunts, jumps, and leadership). She competed against many others from many other schools. The staff also asked her to join their prestigious staff for the summer of 2018.

She has been recognized for the past 2 years at Region for 1 of 4 placements to advance to state for her jumps. I’d imagine this year will be the same. She is also on the Hope Squad at Bear River.
This is a peer group who has been nominated by her peers for being someone who is a good listener, kind, and open to help others. If I could clone her I would! She is not only beautiful and talented, but above all she is kind.

Tory Birkinshaw, Head Cheer Coach

Even though I have not had the pleasure of teaching Samantha, she has definitely made an impact in my life as I have observed her quiet, friendly, confident demeanor. In the many times I have seen her over the years, cheering on our teams or in the halls, I have never seen her without a smile. Her smile is always one of those kind and accepting smiles that make you feel better about the day! If you didn’t know better you wouldn’t know that quiet unassuming person was one of the top tumblers and cheerleaders in the state.

The thing that impresses me so much is she just quietly does what she is supposed to do without having to have everyone know about it! She may be one of the humblest and most  respectful people I know! I would like to wish Samantha all the success that she surly deserves and will work to achieve!

Van Park, Athletic Director
Bear River High School

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Bears News · Boys Athlete of the Month – December 2017


Boys Student Athlete of the Month: Alec Chournos

Alec is a great swimmer and has many great achievements as a swimmer at Bear River. He has several school records and has many state medals to his name. Alec is a great team mate to everyone on the team. He pushes his fellow swimmers to go faster in practice and in meets. He is encouraging and positive all the time. He has been a joy to have on the team for the past four years and has continued with the same attitude this year. Alec continues to dominate in the pool. He is ranked in the top 10 in the state in his individual races. He has an excellent chance to win region in two individual races this year.

On top of all the hard work Alec puts in pool he also works extremely hard in the classroom.  Alec is an excellent student athlete.

Coach Danny Esplin, Head Swim Coach

Alec has always held a place in my heart and mind as I have watched him over the last 4 years be an example of everything that we want in our student athletes here at Bear River. He works incredibly hard in everything he does as is shown by his great accomplishments in swimming as well as his 4.0 gpa on his transcript.

As someone that has taught Alec I can definitely say he is the model student, doing everything you would expect and then even more! I think what sets him apart from most though is how
he always expresses his gratitude and appreciation. He doesn’t act entitled at all, knowing he has to work hard for everything he has and then he recognizes the help given him. I have watched him for years come to the school at 5:30am to get stronger in the weight room, put in a full day at school then travel long distances to get extra training in the swimming pool! He almost sounds too good to be true, but that is Alec.

Thank you Alec for showing our students and me how it is important to be your best in everything you attempt without trying to be better than someone else! You truly are an inspiration!

Van Park, Athletic Director
Bear River High school

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Coed Varsity Band · Boys Athlete of the Month – November 2017


Boys Athlete of the Month: Max Ramsdell

max ramsdellMax Ramsdell of Riverside, Utah is the oldest of 4. His parents are Kris (Pete) and Dari Ramsdell. He is a 7 year member of the band. He plays saxophone, piano, guitar, drums and has his own band – Neon Black. He is a team leader in the robotics club. He has shown steers for 4 –H and won grand champion. Max works for McMurdie Farms. As a young child he was asked what his favorite cut of beef was. He replied, “Bacon.” His two favorite pastimes are to code or play music. He has participated in USU hack-a thons and is an Eagle Scout. More than any other reason, Max is nominated for this award because of his genuine friendship and leadership and his devotion to making others around him feel success.

Wade Walton, Band Director

Max is someone that from the moment you meet him you realize you are with someone special and someone you can’t help but just admire and like!  I know this was the case with me in my health class.  He is not only brilliant as is shown by his 4.0 GPA and 34 ACT, but he works incredibly hard in everything he does.

He is one of my wife’s best and favorite French students, he is a leader of our Robotics club, and as you can see, he is an integral part of the band.  He even is a bigger part of this school as he is always a positive influence on others.  He is always positive and treats everyone with respect!  Max is going to be a huge success in life as he knows that being kind, working extremely hard and being positive are the keys to success.  I wish Max the very best in everything he does!  Thanks for inspiring me!

 Van Park, Athletic Director
Bear River High school

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Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · Girls Athlete of the Month – November 2017


Girls Athlete of the Month: Natalie Cottle

natalie cottleNatalie Cottle has been one of our strongest assets this year in soccer. Both on and off the field, Natalie has shown the attributes of a great leader. For this reason, Natalie was unanimously voted to be a team captain. Natalie has put in many hours to have become as great of a keeper that she is, and it really showed in the box this season.

Natalie has also been very helpful with developing the younger girls’ confidence, as she would often come early and stay late to work with them. I was very impressed with Natalie all season long.

Andrew Cobabe, Head Girls Soccer Coach

I have known, watched and worked with Natalie since she was a little girl coming to my girls’ basketball camps in the summer.  Even as a young girl you could see she was driven and knew the benefit of working hard.  Little did I know to the extent that she was driven or the amazing young lady she would become.

Then I had the opportunity to teach her and coach her as she entered the high school’s basketball program and I found one of  the most amazing young lady’s I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.  Famous basketball coach John Wooden summed up Natalie when he talked about something he learned from his father.  He said, “My father always told me, ‘Never try to be better than someone else but never cease trying to be the best you can be’.”  Natalie is incredibly talented and brilliant but she always works hard to be the best she can be and never acts like she’s better than anyone else.

In addition to being a top goalie in the state and a prolific basketball player she is also an outstanding student as is shown by her 4.0 GPA and 30 ACT.  She is always so polite and kind off of  the floor/field but a fierce competitor as she competes.  I  loved coaching her and I feel very fortunate to have worked with her, rubbed shoulders with her and been inspired by her.

 

Van Park, Athletic Director
Bear River High school

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