Senior Ashley Cook has been chosen as the Swanville April Student of the Month for grades 10-12. She is the daughter of Carol Wimmer and Richard Cook.
Margaret Peterson, math teacher states, “I am thrilled to have Ashley Cook as one of our students of the month. She is one of the students I can always count on to be pleasant and helpful to both the staff and her fellow classmates. She does her work with precision and I can count on her to follow directions and produce high quality work. Math is not always easy to comprehend right away at the pre-calculus level, but Ashley is willing to keep trying until she understands. Ashley is always cheerful and shows respect for others around her. She is willing to lend a hand wherever needed within the school. I will miss having Ashley in class when she graduates this spring.”
Cook has many interests including swimming, volleyball both as a player and a coach, reading, kayaking and spending time with family. She plans on attending Bemidji State University to major in accounting.
Cook has stayed very active in her school career. She has been a dynamic volleyball player, participating all through junior and senior high. She also played basketball and softball as a junior high student, participated in track in grades eight through ten. She recently was instrumental in helping to get the pep club going as a junior and continues to participate with those events. She was also recently inducted into the National Honor Society in the fall of 2013.
“I have had Ashley in several different aspects over the years. She has always been an extremely hard working individual who never hesitates to do what was asked of her,” states Kerie Thoma, Activies Director. “She enjoys helping whenever she can, and has a lot of pride in the work she does. She has helped me start up a Pep Club at school, she is my T.A. and helps me with numerous tasks within the activities department, and she has a positive demeanor 24/7. She is just so fun to be around. Ashley has always been a friendly student who gets along well with others and is respectful to classmates as well as adults. She is careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings, yet she has a way to make people laugh and feel good about themselves. She uses her quick wit and sense of humor quite often to make others smile. Ashley is self-motivated and self-disciplined so others don’t have to worry if she will accomplish the task she starts She is very deserving of this recognition. I have every confidence in the world that Ashley will be successful in whatever she pursues in her future.”
Cook was recently honored at the National Joint Powers Association Student Recognition banquet. Her day extends beyond the school day also. She has helped numerous times with ditch cleanup and recently helped clean the Great River Arts Association building during their remodeling. A family Christmas tradition is to collect stuffed animals and to visit and distribute these to local hospital patients so that they too may share in the holiday spirit. She has volunteered her talents through Share A Meal as part of a National Honor Society service project.
“Enjoy high school, be active, and don’t catch senioritis,” is her advice to fellow classmates.