The “Student of the Bloc” is a prestigious award given to one student after progress reports are completed at the end of each bloc. After final grades and bench marks are tallied, faculty advisors then feel compelled to nominate students and argue for why they should be given the reward. Nominations are then backed up with the recorded benchmarks for grades and attandance, effort in their classes and Personal Skills and their relative contributions to the community as whole. These contributions to our community include following the rules, doing a good job during our maintenance hour, keeping a clean cabin or dorm room, showing leadership amoungst peers and staying out of the drama. Once a student is given this reward, they are then placed on our Student of the Bloc Wall of Fame where they will be remembered forever.
Our Students of the Bloc for 2016-17 school year:
Bloc 1: Annabelle Allen
Annabelle was born and raised in Houston, Texas and she joined the CTA community last year to explore an alternative education, develop working relationships with her teachers and join a school community that would welcome her in with open arms. Thus far for her senior year, Annabelle has emerged from her shell and become more involved with the entire CTA community. In addition to earning straight A’s this Bloc, Annabelle’s kind and thoughtful presence has made her a trusted mentor and role model for her peers. Annabelle has stepped out of her comfort zone athletically this year too and pushed her limits on the river in her kayak and on the trails with her mountain bike. Annabelle is currently working on her portfolio for acceptance to the University of Texas at Austen where she hopes to be to pursue a degree in Concept Arts.
Bloc 2: Tristan Taber
Tristan, a true Colorado native, was born in Durango. He came to CTA last year as a freshman and he quickly found his groove with us academically and socially. Known by some as “commander awesome,” to others as “mister smily pants,” and to most all of us as a kiddo that infects his peers with joy, humor and good-will, Tristan has clearly made a name or two for himself at CTA. Tristan was nominated for SOB this bloc due to his academic achievements and leadership of our group this year and we expect he will continue to light the way for his peers throughout his remaining years here to come. Upon graduating from CTA, Tristan hopes to attend a four year college to seek a degree in electrical engineering.
Bloc 3: Aimee Garlisch
Aimee joined the CTA community at the beginning of this year as a senior. She quickly defined herself as someone who is willing to push beyond her comfort zone and who will accomplish whatever she sets her mind to. She has excelled in the classroom and has been on High Honor Roll every bloc. At CTA, she has tried backpacking, climbing, kayaking, and snowboarding all for the first time and has quickly become a natural leader. We expect her to continue to strive academically, athletically, and interpersonally for the remainder of her time here. After CTA, Aimee hopes to study psychology with a concentration in pre-med in college and to eventually pursue a medical career.
Bloc 4: Kaito Wandeevong
Kaito joined CTA this fall as a freshman. As a native to Las Vegas, Kaito has quickly adjusted to the Colorado lifestyle. He learned to mountain bike, ski and backpack this year, and he has shown real strength as an adventure athlete. He has also excelled academically, making our Honor Roll every bloc thus far. Socially, Kaito has established himself amongst his peers as confidant and stable minded friend to everyone. His big smile and calm demeanor is contagious to all of us! Kaito’s plans for the future at this point are to attend a four college and possibly seek a carrier as an airline pilot.
Bloc 5: Isaac Soifer
Isaac was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and he joined the CTA community this year as a sophomore. In addition to doing remarkably well academically, earning our high honors designation for each bloc of his attendance, Isaac has taken full advantage of our outdoor program. His number one passions in the outdoors are trail running, alpine skiing and rock climbing. Isaac’s hopes for the future are to attend a four year college and possibly seek a degree that will land him a job in outdoor education and wilderness therapy.
Bloc 6: Sean Thornton
Sean Thornton was born and raised in Durango, Colorado. He came to CTA this year as a junior after attending two secondary charter schools in Durango. Sean is a real Durango kid and has exceptional talents in adventure sports, including mountain biking and skiing. Despite being a local, Sean chose to board with us so that he could become fully engaged in our community and take advantage the CTA lifestyle. In addition to being a solid community member, Sean has excelled academically, earning our honor roll for three blocs, and our high honor roll for three blocs . Sean’s plans for the future beyond CTA are to take a gap year and travel outside the US after being accepted to college or a certificate program.