Start High School's December Student and Teacher of the Month Winners

It’s not every day that Start High School Science teacher Jennifer Schaefer is told by a student how great of a job she is doing. And even rarer is having a student speak so highly that it wins the educator $250. But this past month, that is what happened to Ms. Schaefer after her student, Jared Barnhill, created a video nominating her for December’s Teacher of the Month. Jared’s video won him a $50 Visa gift card.


“She is a very nice teacher and she strives to help us to learn,” Jared said. “She is a nice person and I enjoy everything about her class – she teaches us about the earth and space.”


Ms. Schaefer was shocked when representatives from Boyk Law entered her classroom to tell her about the award.

Jennifer Schaefer with her science class


“Thank you!” she said. “I had no idea!”


Another thrilled person was Start Senior Lindsay Cluckey after learning that her Drama teacher, Nancy Ludden, had nominated her for December Student of the Month.


Lindsay was all smiles as she collected her plaque and her $50 Visa gift card, while hearing about the great things Ms. Ludden had to say about her.


“Lindsay is very active at Start,” Ms. Ludden said in her nomination. “She has been a part of every Start play since her freshman year and this year she is stage manager. She is President of Start’s chapter of the International Thespian Society. Lindsay is a wonderful example to other students and is respectful and reliable.”


Each month, Boyk Law chooses one teacher and one student from a pool of nominations to win various gift cards. Students must submit a video nomination and teachers recognize students using a survey. To watch the heartwarming videos on the Student and Teacher winners, visit

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