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!

All (3) of our Nominees from March 2020, will receive the HONOR of “Student of the Month!” Congrats to Jack, Jessica & Steven on this accomplishment! Thank You for being you & going above & beyond this school year.

The GI Tech Center Student of the month will return, once school resumes this fall!

Jack Teegardin nominated by Alan Tillotson: I would like to nominate Jack Teegardin for student of the month. Jack is a first year student in the small engines program at GI-TEC. Jack’s knowledge and experience in the small engine shop is unmatched. He comes in every day with a smile on his face and ready to work. Jack does an excellent job repairing equipment in the small engines shop with extreme attention to detail. Jack is always willing to lend a hand and share his knowledge. When he is not working on his own projects you will find him helping other students troubleshoot and repair their equipment.  His abilities, leadership and knowledge are beyond that of a first year student.  I look forward to having Jack in class next year to see what he                                           will accomplish.



Jessica DiMaria nominated by Megan Williams: Jessica is an Interior Design Concentrator and in her first year she has demonstrated a commitment to master all technical areas of our program.  She is a leader in many aspects and has used her prior knowledge as a painter to help complete the entrance of our school restaurant, Herbs and Spices.  Jessica’s maturity and personality brings welcome balance to our classroom.




Steven Davidson nominated by Mindy Wischmeyer: I have yet to meet a student with the amazing balance of determination, perseverance, leadership and unparalleled work ethic.  Steven has brought incredible and innovative ideas to Business Management.  He has been able to take a simple idea and push through to see his projects completed.  He is mature and responsible while maintaining a friendly and fun relationship with his peers.  His kind heart and warm smile are what jumps out at you when you first meet Steven, then his enthusiasm and energy take over and then look out!   He has been an absolute rock star in class this year and one of the best role models for younger students.  He has shown such initiative and been the catalyst for so many lively discussions.  It has been an absolute pleasure watching Steven grow and seeing the impact he has had on others.  The level of respect he has for what we are doing in class is really fantastic and makes me incredibly proud of him.


Great Job Malaak!

Malaak Dabas nominated by Andrea Langley:  Fun, positive, intelligent, supportive. That is how I would describe Malaak. She handles every issue, every confrontation, every problem with the same positive demeanor and is never afraid of adding a little humor to a situation. Malaak is an incredibly sweet person who always displays good manners in class. She brings a smile to her teachers every day! Malaak is considerate of others and works well with her peers. She respects herself and everyone she comes into contact with. She is truly a pleasure to have on the design team!! Malaak’s willingness to learn and her dedication to excellence in design have stood out amongst her peers.  It has been my pleasure to have taught Malaak in two of my classes.   Each time she earned an A in my class. I believe that Malaak already demonstrates leadership skills and this will enable her to be successful in her professional Graphic Design career.


Congrats to Sadie!!!!

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.