Renton, Wash. – The WIAA is pleased to announce Ella Brubaker of Curtis Junior High School and Spencer Mackley of Chief Joseph Middle School as the April “Give Me 5 Star Students of the Month.”
Brubaker is currently an eighth grader at Curtis Junior High School in University Place, Wash. Brubaker is a 4.0 student, a committed volunteer, and an outstanding teammate. She competes on the Cougars’ soccer, basketball, and track team. The leading point getter on the Cougar track team, Brubaker is undefeated in four track and field events this year.
“Ella has been an excellent leader by always practicing at a high level and promoting team work and cooperation among her teammates,” said Jennifer Zamira, Assistant Principal at Curtis Junior High School. “This goes beyond the court and field and into the classroom.”
Brubaker is also heavily involved with volunteer work. The University Place native currently serves as a day camp volunteer for the Presbyterian Church leadership group. On top of all this, Brubaker is also a part of the advanced orchestra group at her school.
“Ella is a positive role model for her teammates and peers, showing them in words and actions what it means to strive for excellence and learn from mistakes,” said Zamira.
Mackley is an eighth grader at Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland, Wash. Mackley has been a member of the Eagles’ cross country, basketball, baseball, and wrestling teams. Mackley epitomizes leadership, always holding himself and others to the highest standard.
“Spencer is never one to simply talk the talk,” said Ryan Hoff, head baseball coach at Chief Joseph Middle School. “Instead he always backs it up, leading by example; a great quality not found in many kids his age.”
Mackley has also taken on several different leadership roles at his school. He was selected by his peers as the interim ASB treasurer when the original treasurer had to step down. Mackley has proven very successful since assuming his new responsibilities as treasurer.
“Spencer willingly took on the role not because he wanted it, but because there was a need,” said Hoff. “He felt he could be a part of something great.”
The students will be featured on the Activities Matter website and the Middle Level website. The monthly campaign is dedicated to highlighting two middle school students that demonstrate the core principles of the program; honor, sportsmanship, courage, respect, and citizenship.
The Activities Matter website was launched at the beginning of the 2015 school year and is designed to be a resource for member schools and their communities to support the case for interscholastic sports and activities. Activities Matter consolidates a variety of dynamic resources, programs, and original content to highlight the long-term benefits associated with student participation in sports and activities.
To nominate a student for the “Give Me 5 Star Student of the Month” please log into “MyWIAA” and click on the “Give Me 5 Star Student of the Month Nomination” link under “Forms.”
WIAA is a membership organization of over 800 schools from every corner of the state. Member schools set the structure, rules and regulations for five different activities and sixteen athletics programs at the high school and middle/junior high school level. WIAA staff helps interpret and oversee rule-making decisions and policies, assist member schools with questions and provide accessible and responsive assistance to help athletic and activities programs run smoothly. Learn more about WIAA at www.wiaa.com.