Delta High School teachers, students lifted each other up
Earlier this year, Delta High School math teacher Renee Cronenberg needed treats for her son’s birthday, so senior Kaitlyn Suppes volunteered to bake dozens of Cookie Monster cupcakes.
Although baking for a teacher’s child wasn’t required to graduate, it is the sort of thoughtful gesture Suppes spent years offering the high school’s faculty and students for no other reason than because she wanted to.
“She has a special place in my heart,” said Cronenberg, who taught Suppes in freshman algebra, college algebra, college trigonometry and Advanced Placement statistics. “As a teacher, she always made me feel like she brought the best out of me.”
Suppes was one of 139 Delta High School graduating seniors this year, according to the school’s registrar.
“Honestly, I tried to go to school every day with the best attitude I can,” Suppes said. “I try to cheer other people up in everything I do.”
Cronenberg credited Suppes with making her a better teacher, arguably the highest praise a teacher can bestow on a student, particularly a student who spent years taking advanced level courses in a subject she disliked.
Cronenberg laughed. The fact Suppes hated math but spent years challenging herself in advanced math courses is a testament to the senior’s work ethic.
“She’s fun to be around, and, I think, since her freshman year, was always willing to learn,” Cronenberg said.
Suppes plans to attend the University of Wyoming in Laramie this fall, where she wants to major in secondary English education and possibly minor in kinesiology and health.
“I’ve always loved reading and writing,” Suppes said.
The student who inspired teachers wants to become a teacher herself.
In addition, Suppes knows “teachers don’t make much money,” so she’s already planning on spending her summers as a personal trainer.
“I love going to the gym and working out,” Suppes said.
Delta held its graduation ceremony Friday night in the football stadium, where Kurt Clay, assistant superintendent with Delta County School District, reminded the graduating class, including Suppes, about the importance of love in the next chapter of their lives.
During his commencement address, Clay told the students that, first, they must love themselves. Second, they must love what they do, and third, they should love their neighbor.
“You will all do wonderful things,” Clay said. “If you truly want to change the world, you have to find love.”