Spalding Honored by Sunset Chamber
Alyssa Spalding, a Law Enforcement senior, was recently honored as Sunset Hills Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for December. She was nominated by her Captain, instructor Sue Gibbons, who attended the award ceremony along with Spalding’s family and Assistant Principal Jason Buatte of Oakville High School.
Gibbons chose Spalding for consideration because she has demonstrated that she is a dependable and even-tempered leader who consistently takes responsibility for the care of her fellow classmates and excels in both her program and academic studies. Her poise and confidence were evident throughout the award ceremony as she graciously accepted numerous messages of congratulations and addressed the chamber audience.
Spalding earned the rank of lieutenant in her first year of Law Enforcement, a position of high esteem in this structured and demanding program. Gibbons noted Spalding’s gift for leadership early on saying, “I watched her help students with their equipment, motivate them during physical training (even though she was tired herself) and almost every day after being dismissed she would inspect the classroom for anything that was out of place or accidentally left behind.”
Spalding also contributes to Tech by being an ever-ready volunteer. She has driven classmates home and to school when they missed the bus, given her time to educate prospective families at Open House and new student orientation events, she is instrumental in making our 8th-grade Career Connect visits a complete success and she helped calm the anxieties of new juniors as they experienced equipment fitting. Gibbons said, “I witnessed her gently guiding these new students in the correct way without making them feel embarrassed or anxious. She has an amazing way of leading people and being a role model that doesn’t present itself as even a little bit arrogant, bossy or ‘better than’. She puts her classmates at ease and provides support which is both unselfish and altruistic.”
Spalding is an outstanding academic student at Oakville High School, boasting a 3.6 GPA, and both her commitment to her studies and to her character deserve recognition. She also works part-time at her family’s restaurant in Waterloo, Illinois and cares for her younger brother daily. She was selected for National Technical Honor Society last year, won the Presidential Academic Education Excellence Award, is an active SkillsUSA member and participates in the film club at Oakville. She is considering local universities and colleges for her future plans where she plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Human Behavior/Behavioral Science/Forensic Psychology with a minor in criminal justice, then pursue a career in law enforcement.
Congratulations from everyone at Tech!