Academics For All honors Kirby Coe-Kirkham with the Summit Award this week.
Coe-Kirkham is a senior at Sheridan High School with a GPA of 4.0, despite a full academic schedule and star participation in varsity golf. He has taken three years of history/government (including Advanced Placement U.S. history and AP U.S. government), four years of English (including English 1010 this year, which is concurrent enrollment at Sheridan College), two years of Spanish, four years of science and four years of math. His other advanced classes include: AP biology, AP calculus, AP psychology, AP environmental science, AP physics and AP statistics.
Coe-Kirkham has had a long association with Razmick Sarkissian, leading him to nominate Sarkissian for an Outstanding Teacher award.
“From morning rehearsals at 6 a.m. to evening rehearsals, teaching both junior high and high school orchestra, he is the hardest-working teacher I have met,” Coe-Kirkham said.
Sarkissian said he was honored to recommend Kirby for the Summit Award.
“Since sixth grade, he has been one of the finest students in our district orchestra programs,” Sarkissian said. “Kirby is an intellectual. His ability to break down difficult concepts into smaller achievable goals is amazing. Through the years, Kirby not only excelled in violin performance, he has also demonstrated excellence in academia as well as sports. Kirby is a brilliant, hard-working, goal-oriented individual. Above all, he is a well-mannered, dependable, punctual student. I wish him all the best.”
Coe-Kirkham was a member of the SHS We the People team as a junior under former SHS teacher Tyson Emborg. He was a member of Team 2, which concentrated on the founders of the nation and the framers of the U.S. Constitution. The team earned a trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C., where it won first place in the region.
He has been a member of the National Honor Society since his junior year and was president of the Student Council as a sophomore. Outside of school, he helped with his church’s Family Fall Fun Fest as a sophomore and junior, and volunteered with the State Golf Association as a senior.
Coe-Kirkham’s favorite movie is “Now You See Me,” a 2013 film about a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and give the money to their audiences. He found the multiple twists in the story engaging.
He participated in soccer as a freshman and basketball for his first three years, but his forte has been four years of golf. He served as team captain and won second place in the state as an individual three times. His goal is to be a professional golfer, and he has derived inspiration from Riverton golfer Easton Paxton, “…because of his strong faith and humble attitude.”
Coe-Kirkham has a golfing scholarship to the University of Wyoming, which he says will pay for the books; and he recently received notice that he has been awarded a Trustees’ Scholarship, which should cover everything else. He plans to study math, potentially leading to a career in engineering or economics — if his career as a professional golfer doesn’t work out.
Coe-Kirkham’s parents are Mark Kirkham and Dr. Tracy Coe.