School: Edison Academy
Parents: Christine Nordstrom, Kevin Nordstrom
Why this student was nominated: Trae was unanimously chosen by all staff at Edison because he consistently exhibits the qualities to succeed in the classroom and in life. Not only does Trae do more than expected in his classes, he inspires others to be their best. Trae respectfully challenges teachers and peers to engage in thoughtful discussions that enhance learning. Trae not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. He has enhanced his learning by taking Scott Community College classes in automotives. By the time he graduates, Trae will be well on his way to a fulfilling career. Trae also works almost full-time and maintains excellent grades at Edison Academy. We appreciate Trae’s positive leadership and influence at our school.
What teacher has inspired you and why: All of my teachers have positively influenced me and it’s such an honor to be nominated by all of them. My teachers, my parents, and my girlfriend Corral Ramey have all kept me going in the right direction. Corral has just been there to give me great motivation and show me that it’s not worth it to give up; I would not have the courage to go to college without her. My parents have helped do the same. They have been trying to get me to try in school since 6th grade. Finally, an alternative school showed me how important education is to my life. Shawn Rice has helped me learn how to present myself so others view me in a positive light. Teresa Heden has shown me the right way to treat someone and, surprisingly, how to do math. Kathryn Clingingsmith (aka Kitty) is great at giving advice and helping students in and out of the classroom. Christy Dalton has taught me very many life lessons that I can take with me when I graduate. If not for all my teachers, I don't think I could have made it in society. I have much love for the people at Edison Academy and thank them for getting me to where I need to be.
What are you most proud of: My teachers and my social worker have me in a college class, and I never thought I would be a college student. I am very proud to admit that with the help of others, I changed the course of my life. Two years ago at Bettendorf High School, I had almost given up and dropped out. Even coming to Edison Academy was difficult for me. Although I still make mistakes, I am so proud to be who I am right now. My success is all because of my teachers, my girlfriend, and my parents.