This week’s Summit Award winner is Carson Holwell. Holwell’s academic achievements, drive for success and musical talent make her a deserving recipient of this award. Holwell’s interests include math, biology and music. Holwell is the daughter of Kim Yeamen and Nelson Holwell.

Holwell, a Sheridan High School senior, maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.976.  During high school, Holwell’s class load has included three Advanced Placement classes in psychology, calculus and biology, plus English 1010. Math is her favorite subject because of the challenge it brings when solving mathematical problems. Other classes taken during her senior year include poetry, Spectrum and financial management.  Additionally, she is completing an internship with Dr. Michelle Meehan, D.D.S. as a dental assistant and previously completed an internship with Big Horn Orthodontics.   

Her time at SHS has helped prepare her for the next stages in life by getting as much out of her education at SHS as possible. SHS has allowed her to participate in various activities and develop important social skills. SHS math teacher, Tim Daniels,  stated that Holwell knows what it takes to be successful. She has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude to go with it. She is willing to attack the tough problems and knows when to ask questions. She has great standards for herself and does things the right way!

In addition to her academic studies, Holwell also keeps busy as a member of the National Honor Society, student council (secretary and representative), Interact club, drama club, choir and being in the SHS musicals. Her activities outside school include being active with her church, volunteering at the Senior Center, Dog & Cat Shelter and being a mentor to youth in the community.

During the summer of 2015, Holwell participated in a trip to Europe with the Wyoming Ambassadors of Music. The group traveled to seven different countries in 16 days while performing along the way.    Holwell was selected to sing a solo in one of the songs performed. The trip was a great learning experience, with one of the biggest lessons being a renewed appreciation for the United States.

Holwell recognized a church friend, Amy Katschke, as someone who has inspired her as a role model.  She described Katschke as a very caring, smart person and someone she aspires to be like as she goes through life.  Holwell also recognized Beth Harmon, SHS science teacher, as a passionate teacher who challenges students and has helped Holwell learn how to solve problems.

When asked about a motto to live by, Holwell replied, “Take time to listen.  The answer will come if you listen.”    

Holwell has been accepted to attend the University of Wyoming and  has applied for a BNSF scholarship. She plans to receive her bachelor’s degree in biology and then apply to the WYDENT (Wyoming dental program) via Creighton University School of Dentistry.  She would then continue on with graduate school in orthodontics. Holwell’s career goal is to work in a dental office and help people feel good about themselves. A great smile helps to build self confidence. Holwell is living proof of this with her great smile and drive for success!