Curtis Garlick has been chosen as the fifth-grade student to receive the honor of standing in the AcKIDemic Spotlight for the month of October at Beaver Dam Elementary School (BDES).
Garlick was chosen by his teacher, Cindy Stevens. She made her selection because he is “very bright, remembers facts, has creative ideas, is a voracious reader, a budding scientis, and a gifted student who thrives when presented with intellectual challenges.”
Garlick is the son of Colleen and Darrell Garlick. His father is the president of the Littlefield Unified School Dictrict Board of Trustess. Garlick has five siblings, three of whom attend Beaver Dam Middle/High School: Josie is 15, Becca is 14 and Danielle is 12. The other two attend BDES: Lizzie is 8 and in third grade; Steven is 5 and also attends BDES. All of these children are academic stars in their classes. The family is rounded out by a Jack Russell Terrier, Patsy.
Garlick is a well-rounded person. He enjoys an energetic rabbit hunt as much as curling up with a good book. He is especially fond of adventure stories. One of his favorite books is the beloved classic “Where the Red Fern Grows.” Garlick is a Webelos Boy Scout. He plans to go on a mission for his church after high school.
He has his post-high school sights on Brigham Young University in Provo for his college years. BYU is his mother’s alma mater, which is highly motivational for his selection of this university. He hopes to apply his scientific and creative knowledge to become an agent for the CIA or FBI. He likes the idea of protecting people. Garlick said he also hopes his future will involve a peaceful farm life with hunting dogs.
Throughout his years at BDES, Garlick has stood out academically. Fourth grade teacher, Kathleen Trenholm, commented, “Curtis was our professor in class. What I didn’t know, he did!”
Garlick advises his fellow students to “pay attention in class because paying attention and trying hard will help you get it”. Good advice from someone who practices good listening skills!
Principal Phyllis Leavitt, the entire BDES community and BDES mascot Alexander Eagle give Garlick the two-feather salute of excellence for receiving the distinction of standing in the AcKIDemic Spotlight.