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The mission of the Dexter High School counseling department is to provide high quality, comprehensive school counseling services to all students. Our program, as guided by the ASCA National Model, is designed to help all students develop and enhance their academic, career, and personal/social strengths in order to become responsible and productive citizens. There is a commitment to individual uniqueness and the maximum development of human potential. Through the skillful use of strategic, timely, and personal interventions, counselors customize educational experiences in order to enhance capabilities, close achievement gaps among high and low performing groups and support positive choices.

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Grateful Dreads - DHS Basketball - Salute to Staff
Posted 02/26/2020 05:17PM

Dexter Basketball Student-Athletes Thank DCS Mentors at Recent “Salute to Staff” Event

by Melanie McIntyre

In the downtime between the Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball games on Friday, February 7th, players from both teams stood up to honor Dexter staff members who have made a positive impact on their lives.  This “Grateful Dreads – Salute to Staff” event, a coordinated effort between first-year Boys Basketball coach, Jason Rushton, and first-year Girls Basketball coach, Lauren Thompson, is just one of the activities conceptualized by Rushton to promote gratitude among Dexter student-athletes.  Previously, on January 31st, the Dexter Basketball teams joined up with the Chelsea Basketball program to hold the 1st Annual “Play for a Purpose” Food Drive Challenge where they collected over 1100 pounds of food for Faith in Action.

For the “Salute to Staff” event, Coaches Rushton and Thompson challenged their players to, “not only think about the people who have a positive impact on their lives, but also to verbalize how and why they were thankful for these people.”  While the concept began as a teacher appreciation event, the teams quickly realized that not all those positive influences bear the title of “teacher.”  Subsequently, it was expanded to include all Dexter Community Schools staff, and the players were encouraged to think back through their entire school career when choosing their honoree.

Nominations include staff from Wylie Elementary, Mill Creek Middle School and the High School, and encompasses classroom teachers, coaches, principals and many other DCS staff (see below for full list).

 

Wylie Principal, Katie See, was nominated by sophomore Cal Bavineau, not because of her current position, but due to his fond memories of See as his 1st grade teacher at Cornerstone Elementary (now Anchor).  At the event, Bavineau shared these heartfelt words with her: 

 

“Mrs. See, thank you for being such a fantastic teacher and role model.  Your influence on me as a student and a person is greater than you think.   You have been a great role model for other kids and for me.   Even though I was only in first grade, you impacted my life forever.  Teaching me the power of a simple compliment and that everyone in a room is important are things I still carry with me.   I’m very fortunate to have known you for more than one year and thank you for being such a great teacher.”

 

See was honored by this “extra special” nomination, saying it’s not often an elementary teacher is chosen by a high school student for this kind of recognition.  “To know that you've made a positive impact on a student's life is what makes being a teacher such a rewarding career,” See said.  

 Student Cal Bavineau and Principal Katie See

 

 Teacher Wilbur Tong and Student Kaila Simpson

Senior Kaila Simpson recognized DHS teacher, Wilbur Tong, who taught both her IB Sports Exercise & Health Science and IB Biology classes.  “He has been a great supporter of not only my education, but also of our team,” she shared.  “He comes to almost every game and brings great positivity to class the following day, no matter the result.  He always creates a fun atmosphere in the classroom and I will forever be thankful for his knowledge in science that he has taught me.”

Tong was “elated” upon learning of his nomination as an influential teacher.    “It's really the motivated, hard-working students like Kaila that make teaching at Dexter such a privilege,” he said.

 

 

Senior Ryan Trinkle chose to acknowledge School Resource Officer, Corporal Gerrod Visel, saying, “Officer Visel has been a family friend of ours for as long as I can remember.  I admire the way he steps in and interacts with DHS students, and makes a valiant effort to be an outgoing, approachable guy that you can address issues with.”

 

Corporal Visel was humble in his appreciation of being recognized by Trinkle: “I was honored Ryan selected me for this wonderful event, given all the other great staff members of Dexter Community Schools he could have instead selected.” 

 Corporal Gerrod Visel and student Ryan Trinkle

 

 Student Shannon Schoch and DHS Girls Basketball coach and Teacher ConsultantErica Ehinger

DHS Girls Basketball coach and Teacher Consultant, Erica Ehinger, was nominated by Junior Shannon Schoch.  “Erica has always been there for me since freshman year basketball,” Schoch shared during the event.  “She always checked in on me and we could talk for hours.  I am thankful for all that she’s ever done for me, and she has become not only my coach, but my best friend.”

 

Ehinger shared, “I was extremely honored to be nominated by Shannon. Is it great to hear that I have impacted her life not only on the basketball court, but in all aspects of her high school career.”

 

“I take my responsibility of being a coach very seriously and try to set the best example for all of my female athletes,” Ehinger continued. “Being nominated by Shannon solidified that my role as a leader is truly impacting young women's lives.” 

 

Dexter Varsity Basketball
“Salute to Staff” 2020 Honorees

 

Dexter Girls Varsity Basketball

Staff Member

School

Nominated By

Year

Krista McDonnough

DHS

Liv Melifont, #4

Junior

Melania Feradas

DHS

Kylie Niswonger, #5

Junior

Kathryn Luxon

DHS

Kyleigh Valentine, #10

Senior

Jennifer Johnson

Wylie

Maddi Valentine, #11

Sophomore

Wilbur Tong

DHS

Kaila Simpson, #12

Senior

Brian Baird

DHS

Alayna Babut, #14

Junior

Lesley Tracy

DHS

Kylie Cabana, #20

Senior

John Heuser

DHS

Brianna Rodriguez, #22

Sophomore

Chris Whittaker

DHS

Kayla Rivers, #30

Senior

Jill Fyke

Mill Creek

Sydney Pnacek, #32

Sophomore

Erica Ehinger

DHS

Shannon Schoch, #44

Junior

 

 

Dexter Boys Varsity Basketball

Staff Member

School

Nominated By

Year

Lisa Bauer

DHS

Bobby Pnacek, #0

Senior

Ken Koenig

DHS

Brennan Parachek, #1

Freshman

Cory Bergen

DHS

Chad Robards, #2

Senior

Gerrod Visel

DHS

Ryan Trinkle, #3

Senior

Katie See

Wylie

Cal Bavineau, #5

Sophomore

Rob Dubay

DHS

Dane Wiegers, #10

Senior

Murphy Hansen

DHS

Lucas Koone, #11

Junior

Jessica Baese

DHS

Mario Lucchesi, #14

Senior

Phil Jacobs

DHS

Dat Nguyen, #22

Senior

Trevor O’Brien

DHS

Colin Parachek, #23

Junior

Rob Schwartz

DHS

Aidan Dexter, #24

Junior

Chris Mackinder

DHS

Sam Sterlitz, #32

Junior

Kevin Cislo

DHS

Kellen Porter, #33

Senior

Erica Morrell

DHS

Matt Santos, #34

Senior

 

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