WMMI’s 2019-20 GI TEC Center Student of The Month


 My1043 and the Gratiot Isabella Technical Education Center are proud to honor a student of the month, each and every month throughout the 2019/2020 school year!

My1043 would like to thank the Gratiot Isabella Technical Education Center for their support as we award to students who go above and beyond in the classroom, at school, and in our communities!

Check out this months nominees!

Candice Sonley nominated by Kerry Lockwood: Candice is a student that has been working hard to complete all the segments in accounting class.  She has taken accounting at GI-TEC during her Junior and Senior year.  Candice has a natural ability in the accounting area. In the classroom she works hard to understand the concepts at a deeper level.  This year Candice has been working independently on the Advanced Accounting curriculum.  She has recently finished the QuickBooks curriculum and is moving onto Managerial Accounting. This curriculum is not easy and often times can be frustrating.  This year we had to start with a new computer simulation.  This program had a lot of issues the first few weeks, through it all Candice was a team player. She takes it on with a smile on her face. Outside of the classroom Candice has the responsibility of going to work and has been involved in cheerleading. One of Candice’s greatest strengths is her personality.  She is a friendly, caring individual.  Her peers think highly of her and look to her for direction.  She brightens up any room she walks into because she is always smiling and kind to everyone around her. Candice would be a great pick for Student of the Month.


Sadie Wheaton nominated by Amy Schell: Sadie is an amazing 2nd year Educational Careers student who was nominated by her instructor Amy Schell.  Sadie is a senior at Mt. Pleasant High and she will be pursuing a teaching degree at GVSU starting next Fall.  She is very hardworking and a great role model for her peers and elementary students.  Sadie has worked in a 3rd grade and Kindergarten classroom as a cadet teacher for over 300 hours in the last two years.  Sadie gives 100% to everything she does from creating engaging activities/lesson plans to decorating the showcase.  She is extremely creative, artistic and passionate about anything she is part of.

Outside of the classroom Sadie is also very involved with her community and school events. She is the student senate class president, has helped coach little kids softball, played varsity softball and golf for Mount Pleasant High School, has showed pigs at the local fair, volunteered for many 4-H events such as helping cook Thanksgiving dinner for an elder home, collected donations for the homeless shelter and baked food for Toys for Tots bake sale.  She was also selected by the Mt. Pleasant High School student body as the 2019 homecoming queen which is a great example of her ability to relate well and get along with a diverse group of people.

Sadie will be an outstanding teacher and her students will love working with her.  Good luck Sadie and I look forward to seeing your success in the future!


Congrats to winner Cory Gaskill!

Cory Gaskill nominated by Andrea Langley: Cory is an outstanding student who works very hard to create high-quality work, is a kind friend to others and respectful to her teachers. She a second-year advanced student focusing on designing for clients with real life job orders. Cory goes above and beyond to help her peers. She is a fun-loving, multi-talented, and a great all-around person. She has a wealth of knowledge in the fine arts and Graphic Design. Cory is a hard worker but also modest and so very kind and gentle toward all. Cory is exceptional in multiple medias, such as painting, drawing, and vinyl producing. She has made tremendous strides this year, and I know that she will do wonderful things in her life. Cory was recently accepted into Ferris State University. Great job!!



Congrats to our latest winner Janessa!!

Jenessa Johnson nominated by Deborah Leasher:  As the Co-op Office Assistant in the Mt. Pleasant High School Principal’s office, Jenessa’s confident and positive voice can be heard each morning as she reads the daily announcements. She is currently in her second year of employment as the Co-op Office Assistant and her supervisor, Liz Busch states, “Jenessa has an exceptional balance of having a welcoming attitude and professionalism!” In addition, while managing her academic requirements, she is also employed at the Jump Station in Mt. Pleasant. She has joined the GI TEC Business Professionals of America (BPA) Chapter, and will put her skills to the test at the BPA Regional Leadership Conference in January. As a fourth year member of the marketing program, she continually plays an active role in the program’s events and activities. Jenessa  was selected this year as a member of the management team for the student run school store. Jenessa  is always willing to take on any task that is asked of her. She is self-directed, sees what needs to be done and takes the initiative to take projects through to completion.  Because of all of Jenessa’s outstanding skills and abilities, she was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in March. Jenessa has been a tremendous addition to the marketing and work experience programs over the last several years. She will leave some very big shoes to fill.


Congrats to Madisyn, who set a record for # of votes!

Madisyn Auker nominated by Kerry Lockwood: It is with pride that I nominate Madisyn Auker for the My 104.3 GI-Tec Student of the Month.  Madisyn is currently in her second year of the accounting curriculum at GI-Tec.  Madisyn is also enrolled in the CENA program at GI-Tec. She has pushed herself hard to gain all the skills in the accounting area that she can before she goes to college.  Madisyn is a very independent and strong young woman.  When I think about the most notable accounting students I have had in my 19 years of teaching, I am confident Madisyn will always be on that list.  To prove her abilities Madisyn was just recently hired at the Isabella Community Credit Union as a Co-Op. Her co-workers and supervisors have expressed to me that they love her there. I recommended Madisyn for the co-op position because of the trust and respect I have gained for her. When the need arises she is always positive and willing to help anyone.  She has proven time and again that she is responsible and ready for whatever life throws at her.  Outside of the classroom Madisyn keeps herself very busy. She is a very active member of the Mt. Pleasant High School soccer team during the spring season and Mt. Pleasant Extreme soccer during the fall. She is also an active 4-H member and a member of the National Honors Society.  For the last two years Madisyn has been an active member of the Financial Analyst Team for Business Professionals of America. Her and her team members have placed at the Regional, State, and National levels and have goals of doing so again this year. When I think of words to describe Madisyn one of the first ones to come to my mind is “motivated”. She has always done exactly what is expected of her, often times even more. She makes good choices in and out of the classroom. I have often told her I hope my own younger daughter will end up having as much pride in herself and good morals that Madisyn does.