Students in the Spotlight
Ruth A. Moller|The Miller Press
SPOTLIGHT STUDENTS are, back l to r, Kelsey Johnson, senior; Beau Keeter, sophomore; Eric Hasart, eighth grade; DJ Alverson, junior. Front, Allison Hasart, freshman; and Landon Sivertsen, seventh grade.
Landon Sivertsen, Grade 7: Landon is the son of Randy and Sandy Sivertsen, Ree Heights. Favorites on his list of pastimes are roping and riding horses. Activities include rodeo, wrestling and playing football.
If stranded on a desert island, Landon would like the comedic persona, Earl Dibbles, Jr., to keep him company. He looks up to his brother, Lee.
At this point, his greatest achievement is making it to the 4-H Rodeo Finals three years in a row.
Eric Hasart, Grade 8: Eric, son of Mike and Rhonda Hasart, Ree Heights, says his favorite pastime is playing basketball. School activities that keep him busy include band, jazz band, chorus, basketball and track. He is also a member of the First United Methodist Church’s youth group and the Praise Band.
Eric would want his dad along on a desert island, “because he says he knows everything.” He looks up to local athlete Darin Peterka because of Peterka’s dedication to basketball and track, and setting school records.
A top achievement is winning two straight track championships racing his go-cart at the Rolling Thunder Speedway in Huron.
Allison Hasart, freshman: Allison is the daughter of Mike and Rhonda Hasart, Ree Heights. Her favorite pastime is riding her horse. Activities include FFA, band and chorus, and the First United Methodist Church’s youth group.
She’d like friend Samantha Rogers with her on a desert island.
Allison says she doesn’t have just one role model, but rather two: her mom and dad.
To date, her greatest achievement was training her bucket calf for 4-H when she was younger.
Beau Keeter, sophomore: Beau, son of Jim and Chris Keeter of Miller, says playing basketball is his favorite pastime. Activities include basketball, track and cross country, and he is active in his church youth group.
He is a practical young man, because he would want a construction worker with him on a desert island, in order to build a boat to sail home.
Beau looks up to his dad, “because he works hard at everything he does.” His greatest achievement is making it to the basketball region playoff.
DJ Alverson, junior: DJ Alverson is the daughter of Rich and Chris Alverson of Orient.
She enjoys spending time with her family, playing the piano and “just having fun.”
Activities keep her busy, as she is involved with volleyball, basketball, softball, FCCLA, and show choir, as well as her church youth group.
She’d want her dad with her on a deserted island, “because he can get me through anything. Even if we were stranded on an island, Dad would tell me to go make a difference.”
DJ looks up to her older sister Michelle, because she has a positive outlook on life, no matter what, and always has a smile on her face.
DJ says her greatest achievement has been successfully making it through the basketball season while dealing with trigeminal neuralgia, and constant head pain. “Last year, I wasn’t even able to sit through a game, let alone play in one. This year, I was by my team’s side the whole season.”
Kelsey Johnson, senior:
The daughter of Jerry and Lynn Johnson, Kelsey says she enjoys exercising and spending time with her family and friends.
This active senior is involved in band and chorus, FCCLA, oral interp and SADD. She is a girls’ basketball stat, and is a member of the Miller Area Health Board, as well as 4-H.
Kelsey says she considers Eleanor Roosevelt a role-model, and if she were stranded on a deserted island, she would like Eleanor’s company there, too. “I would ask her about the stories behind her inspirational quotes.”
Her greatest achievements including being named to the honor roll every semester during high school, and being selected to attend Girls’ State.
Editor’s Note: Each month one Miller student per class, grades 7-12, will be featured “in the spotlight.” Teachers nominate and vote for the students who will receive the honor. Nominations are based on student progress, dedication and academic initiative.
Questions posed are: favorite pastime; activities; if stranded on a desert island, who would you want with you; role model or one you look up to; and greatest achievement.