Irvin Armenta Ramirez is an eighth grade student at Ellen Ochoa Middle School in Pasco, Wash and competes for the school’s boys’ soccer team.
On September 24th, Ramirez witnessed a fellow classmate choking on a piece of food at lunchtime and leapt into action, successfully performing the Heimlich Maneuver. After the incident, Ramirez provided a calming presence for people nearby and walked the classmate to the nurse’s office.
Ramirez has shown his dedication, immersing himself in a new country, language and school in seventh grade. He has picked up the language while keeping his grades up, and is not afraid to ask for extra help when needed.
“He may be little in stature and loud in class and hallways but he has a huge heart about his family, friends, and classmates,” said Ellen Ochoa MS Athletic Director Carolynn Jones.
Peyton Purvis is an eighth grade student at McLoughlin Middle School in Pasco, Wash. Purvis is an active member of her school and takes part in cross country, jazz band, softball and student leadership.
Purvis is one of the top cross country runners at her schools, but even more than that, she is a leader on the team who motivates others. At a recent practice, Purvis noticed a teammate was not feeling up to the workout, and decided to stay back and help him finish, offering inspiring words the whole way.
“She shows up every day ready to work,” said Athletic Director Travis Elliott. “She pushes others to be the best version of themselves without anyone asking her to.”
Teachers around the school have recognized Purvis’ spirit and positivity, noting that she excels in the classroom and always remains positive, an attitude that is infectious to both her peers and teachers.