BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
WEST BOUNTIFUL — Two students who overcame emotional difficulties in their lives and made a go of it at Mountain High School were honored last week by the Bountiful Breakfast Exchange Club as Students of the Month.
Juliet Dahlberg of Kaysville, and Saxon Evensen of Woods Cross, each received a plaque and their names will be added to a plaque on the wall of the school.
Dahlberg, daughter of Janet and Jeremy Dahlberg, will graduate this week. She was named October’s Student of the Month.
She told members of the Exchange Club that when her brother died three years ago, “it sent me into a tailspin.” She said she no longer felt accepted by others and lost her motivation to perform well in school.
After enrolling at Mountain High School, she felt the teachers really cared about her and that boosted her motivation. She plans on enrolling at Weber State University. She hasn’t decided on a major yet. Psychology is one of the career fields she’s considering.
Mountain High Principal Dennis Hoskins said teachers tell him Dahlberg now always has the biggest smile on her face. Her teachers say she’s a joy to have in class and always does what is asked of her.
Evensen is the son of Jaysa and Loni Evensen.He came to Mountain High after his parents’ divorce caused emotional issues for him.
Since attending Mountain High, “he’s blossomed like a rose,” Hoskins said. “Teachers tell me that if you want something done, he’s the guy to do it.”
Evensen told club members that he basically shut down after his parents’ divorce.
“After about a month, I fell in love with the school. I found new friends, and the teachers were great. I’m grateful for them.”
Evensen, who is taking architectural drafting and design courses at Davis Applied Technology College said after graduation he’d like to spend some time as a professional gamer, but then go into Information Technology.
His teachers say he has an attitude of learning. “He loves to figure out how to do hard things and loves learning new software,” one teacher said.
Another describes him as quiet, “yet everyone who gets to know him is his friend.”
Evensen plans on graduating in February.