Oevermann and Ross take home Unsung Hero awards

Taylor Ross and Montana Oevermann with their awards. Photo supplied

Local business person Isabelle Hamptonstone recognized two of Sun Peaks’ students on June 27, awarding them with Unsung Hero awards. 

The awards, given to two Sun Peaks Elementary School students at the end of each school year, celebrate students for things like kindness and helping others in addition to their academic performance. 

This year Taylor Ross and Montana Oevermann took home the awards. 

Taylor Ross and Isabelle Hamptonstone. Photo SPIN

Ross was praised by her teachers for her work ethic and love of learning. Teacher Jillian Schmalz also said she is mature beyond her years, empathetic and kind. 

“She shows constant dedication to her school, her family and friends and her community. Taylor shows a willingness to take risks in her learning. She is keen to be involved in all areas of her school community,” Schmalz wrote. “Everything Taylor attempts is done with extreme care, tact and enthusiasm. Her sincerity and constant positivity are contagious. Taylor is person who is set to make the world a better place.” 

This year Ross participated in student council, cross country running, volleyball, Battle of the Books, the Young Authors Conference, flag football, track and field, classes at Black Beaver Athletic and Scouts. 

Oevermann was also chosen for a multitude of reasons. 

Teacher Jeremy Bankes said she is often one of the first students at school and greets

Montana Oevermann with Isabelle Hamptonstone. Photo SPIN

students and teachers with a smile.

“She is a quiet student, who works exceptionally hard,” he said. “She comes to school each day with a positive and upbeat attitude. And whether she understands a concept or not she is always willing to give it a shot. While it isn’t often something that is celebrated on it’s own, Montana has an exceptional work ethic.”

Bankes added Oevermann is kind and always willing to help, especially with younger students at recess, and works with the student council to organize events. 

Oevermann’s older brother, Landon Oevermann, has also taken home an Unsung Hero award. He and their family were on hand to cheer her on.