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Elks announce region’s top students


Sandpoint Elks Lodge #1376 announces Sandpoint High School Students of the Month for October and November.

For the month of October, Sophia Miqat and Daniel “Ogge” Lehmann were chosen. Mirabella Nizzoli and Benjamin Jordan have been selected for the month of November.

To be selected as Elks Student of the Month, students must meet the Guidelines for Character, Citizenship, Service, Scholarship, and Leadership.

Elks actively seeks to reward young people through many different programs including scholarship awards, Hoop Shoot tournaments, dictionary donations for third graders, drug awareness programs and many other activities and programs.

Sandpoint Elks Lodge awards thousands of dollars in scholarships and local students have also received additional money in state and national Elk scholarships. Elks is the third largest scholarship grantor in the province and many students have received large state and national scholarships at Elks.

Sophie Miqat

Sophie is the daughter of Zachary and Stacey Miqat, a student at Sandpoint High School.

She said she always balanced school, work, and extracurricular methodologies throughout high school. For three years, she was a member of the Sandpoint High School National Honor Society chapter, where she currently serves as president. The NHS required her to maintain a high GPA, so she worked hard to maintain her 4.0 GPA, ranking 1/205 in her class. She is 25/205 in the weighted category, with a GPA of 4.115.

She also took part in the Business Professionals of America class in high school. She has been a member for three years and served as Vice President. Last year, Sophie was able to compete in the National Leadership Conference and take second place in the Graphic Design event. She’s hoping to win #1 this year in NLC. She was at Monticola (the SHS yearbook chapter) for three years – one year as an employee, one as an editor in the organization, and one as a design editor. I took a break this year to focus more on family and work at Eye Care for You, an optician’s office in Sandpoint, working as an optical technician, receptionist or technician, depending on the day. Planning to continue working after graduation, and would like to engage in a career in graphic design with Bandwidth Inc. in North Carolina when she moves there with her family.

Daniel “Oggy” Lyman

The son of Kurt and Leslie Lyman, a student at Sandpoint High School.

Athletics has been a part of his life since he played T ball with the Sandpoint Little League. From those early days of swinging the bat, he was also involved in basketball until his eighth grade and football until his freshman year.

Today he is a four-year college baseball athlete and has managed to maintain a 3.78 GPA despite additional activities.

Lehman enjoys spending much of his free time playing guitar and staying outdoors with his friends while teaching Schweitzer skiing or swimming. While his decision on where he wants to go after high school remains uncertain, Lyman said he plans to attend college to earn an engineering degree while playing baseball in hopes of continuing his dream of playing in the pro.

Mirabella Nizzoli

Jeff Nizzoli’s daughter, Mirabella Nizzoli is a student at Sandpoint High School.

She is the president of ASB at Sandpoint High School, and she is heavily involved in all student council-led school activities such as fundraising, dances, Veterans Day, spirit weeks, and much more.

Nizzoli is the president of HOSA, a club for future health professionals, and has been a member or part of the HOSA leadership every year from high school.

With a GPA of 3.79 and ranked 52 in her class, she plans to attend college in the fall to earn a degree in nursing and plans to further study to become a nurse practitioner later in life. She has not yet decided on where to attend, however, she has applied and been accepted into several top selections.

Benjamin James Jordan

The son of James and Megan Jordan, he is a high school student at Sandpoint.

Ben Jordan maintained a 4.1 GPA, ranking 28th in his class. He actively participates in Business Professionals of America as well as in the CyberPatriot Club presented at SHS.

For the past four years, it has achieved first place in Python programming at the state BPA conference and 10th place nationally in the Open Information Systems event. He is also a CompTIA A+ certified technician and worked as an intern in the LPOSD Technology Department for two summers. After high school, Ben will earn a degree in computer science with career aspirations to become a software engineer.

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