Brody; student of the month

Fifteen-year-old Penticton Secondary student Brody Thomsen in the December Rotary student of the month.

Born and raised in Penticton, Brody always liked to know how things worked.  Taking things apart just to put them back together, he now gets to build his own things in technology class.

His teachers will say that Brody doesn’t need a lot of direction.  He is self-motivated and has a great attitude.  His curiosity and creativity are well known to those around him.  “Brody is always  in the recycle bin looking for the next bit of material for his battlebot or drift trike.  He excels at building and designing”, says Mr Allanson, his tech teacher.

What stands out for his peers and his teachers is his ability to help others and working well in group settings. “Brody is always upbeat and happy”, says drafting teacher Mr. Brodt.

“He has positive interactions with both staff and students.  He shows great enthusiasm towards learning, it’s infectious.”

Brody is an active member of the 259 Penticton Panther Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.  After 3 years, he has reached the rank of  Flight Corporal on his way to be promoted Sergeant.  He is proud of having made it this far. “It is more than a time requirement now, I get more choices volunteering on optional activities, and getting recognition to reach higher levels.”

Last summer, he participated in a 3-week training camp on Vancouver Island.  He took the “Basic Survival” course, which is the most difficult one to pass.  It includes spending 4 days in an isolated area with a couple of teammates, limited supplies, little food and lots of obstacles to overcome.

He discovered that once you were done with the basics such as ground to air signal, smoke sign, making a fishing rod with only a hook, water collection, etc,  there was not too much to do.

“Being so far away from home, with limited space to live in,  I was initially homesick and quite hungry.  Not being used to putting myself out there, it required effort to connect with my partners, but I’ve have made good friends that continue now at school.”   The process certainly worked:   Brody’s team won the 3 awards at the end of the exercise: Top Flight in general, Top Barrack and Top Sports, having been the most enthusiastic group.

Although Brody is not sure what he will do after high school, he knows it will be with computers.  Going to BCIT or UBC in Vancouver is likely in his future.

Brody is proud of having been selected to be the Rotary Student of the Month.

“I never thought it would be me, standing out as a “role model” that someone would look up to.  It makes me believe that if you do your best to be helpful and kind, being as good as you can be, then you may still be recognized, even in small ways like getting a thank you for helping out, or being selected as a Rotary Student of the Month”.

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