LINGLE – Lingle-Fort Laramie High School students Cooper Hill and Natalie Speckner were recently honored as L-FL’s Doggers of the Quarter.
“It’s a way to recognize outstanding students in our school,” L-FL Dean of Students Mike Lashley said. “It’s not just grade-based. We are looking for kids with high character, that are respectful and have those kinds of qualities that you want, leadership qualities.”
Lashley told The Telegram students were nominated by teachers and staff of L-FL schools. After collecting the nominations, Lashley compiled a list of the nominations, created a ballot and sent the ballots to the staff. It was then up to the staff to vote for the Dogger of the Quarter.
Lashley said students selected for the honor can only be selected once during their high school career. After being selected, students are given a certificate and a uniquely made Dogger hooded sweatshirt sporting “Dogger of the Quarter” on the sleeve.
The staff voted for Hill and Speckner to receive the honor.
Hill, a senior, is an L-FL athlete and is currently serving in his fourth year as a member of the L-FL Student Council. He said he is unsure what his future holds, but he is considering attending either Eastern Wyoming College or Casper College.
One nomination for Hill read, “I find his kindness toward others and his work effort to be an excellent example for fellow students. His greatest strength is his positive attitude that shines even in the most challenging situations.”
“It’s an accomplishment for all of the staff members to pick me out of all the students; I’m honored,” Hill said.
Speckner, a freshman, is also an L-FL athlete, a member of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and is the secretary/treasurer for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). She said she is also unsure of what her future holds but is looking forward to studying anatomy and physiology next year.
One nomination for Speckner read, “She is a strong leader in a soft-spoken way. She works hard and she gives everything 110% of her effort. She is also a very respectful and caring young lady. She is a quiet leader, but a much-appreciated leader.”
Hill and Speckner were asked what they believe a Dogger of the Quarter exemplifies.
“It’s someone who is passionate in what they do, always gives their best effort and just makes other people smile,” Hill said.
“It’s being able to lead without being bossy, not necessarily being the loudest person in the room, sharing when you can and helping each other,” Speckner said.