Lesher Middle School

an IB World School

CHAMP’s Annual Breakfast of Champions 2020

Archive Date: 
Thursday, March 05th, 2020

Lesher Middle School has been teamed up with CHAMP (Character in Athletics- Make it a Priority; http://champfc.com/) for MANY years and we are recognized as a “CHAMP School of Character!” In addition, as part of our CHAMP commitment, every Lesher athletic team recognizes an athlete that is the epitome of positive character. These students are nominated for going above and beyond what is expected of everyone else and have demonstrated a track record of positive character in their sport AND academically, behaviorally, and socially as students at Lesher. We have recognized over 20 students this year and the following 4 students were invited and recognized at CHAMP’s Annual Breakfast of Champions at the Hilton on January 28! CONGRATULATIONS to this group of amazing student-athletes! Go Vikings!

  • Alejandra (Ali) Gomez; 8th grade female representative from the Lesher Cross Country Running team

Ali's work ethic and determination make her a leader among her teammates.  Her daily practice routine and competition focus is an example for all to follow.  She sets high expectations for her personal work ethic and growth as an athlete, while also being a caring and supportive person of everyone that she is around.  Ali has a bright future in cross country and track and field and will make an immediate impact at the high school level.  Ali has been a top place finisher each of her 3 years at Lesher in Cross Country, and a PSD District podium winner in the mile and 800 for 2 years as well.  I am so proud to get to coach her and be around her. She makes us all better. Jo Dixon, Lesher Cross Country Running Assistant Coach.

  • Avery Swanson; 8th grade male representative from the Lesher Cross Country Running team

Avery is a model athlete whose character is the epitome of contrasts.  He runs a fine line between challenging others to give more than they thought they could and then finding the humor in a moment.  One moment Avery is lightheartedly making connections with others and the next he is bringing out their best effort.  It is not unusual to find Avery smiling or laughing after the toughest workouts than would bring most athletes to exhaustion.  It is his nature to nurture while getting those around him to perform. He can connect with anyone, from 6th grader to coach, and this makes him an adaptable and model leader to everyone on the team.  He looks out for those around him and finds ways to connect with others.  Avery is reflective and is constantly improving himself.  Since his 6th grade year on the team, Avery has worked his way to the front of the pack – and he has done so with a smile. Ben Mayer, Lesher Cross Country Running Head Coach.

  • Griffey Caro; 7th grade female representative from the Lesher Cross Country Running team

Griffey joined the Cross Country Running team this year and has had an oversized impact on the team.  She is a courageous leader.  Griffey doesn’t know how to not give her best effort in anything she pursues, and that is evident in Cross Country Running.  Through her work ethic, Griffey quickly became one of our fastest runners and an integral part of the team.  She sets the model and others follow.  Griffey also has a unique ability to connect with almost anyone, from 6th grader to adult, male or female.  This makes her influence spread far beyond herself.  Others are drawn to her simply because of her kind demeanor and honest personality. Griffey is also a model in the classroom.  She is a respectful student who brings others up.  In an out of the classroom, Griffey is a positive leader that we all can look up to and follow. Ben Mayer, Lesher Cross Country Running Head Coach.

  • Yastin Morales; 8th Grade Football

It is with great pride and honor that the football staff nominates Yastin Morales as our team’s CHAMP Outstanding Student-Athlete. Yastin’s selflessness and unselfish mentality has magnified his qualities as a leader on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Yastin’s attendance and disciplinary track record exemplify his constant pursuit to not only better himself, but also those around him as he models hard work and commitment through every challenge he undertakes. Yastin can be found consistently picking up is teammates and opponents through his actions of integrity and discipline. Yastin is a leader whose presence and work ethic demand respect. He never fails to express gratitude to each of his coaches after practice and competition regardless of the outcome. Yastin Morales is a leader among leaders and exemplifies what it means to be a champion of character, setting the bar for all other young men to follow. Lee Oldenburg; 8th Grade Head Coach.




Go Vikings !



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