Duchesne County Student and Athlete of the Week

by Shauri Thacker

The Duchesne County Student of the Week is Altamont eighth grader Bronco Thacker, nominated by Principal Jesse Fieldsted. Involved in his school, Bronco excels in his classes and helps others who don’t comprehend the material. He’s wildly innovative and compassionate, shares Fieldsted, doing what he can to make his peers feel welcomed around him. “I’ve learned that to get good grades, you have to work hard,” says Bronco. “Instead of putting it off, I’ve learned to do my work first. Even when you are overwhelmed, know that you can do it if you focus.” Congratulations Bronco Thacker, Duchesne County Student of the Week! The Duchesne County Athlete of the Week is Altamont sophomore Emrey Maxfield, a star track and basketball athlete, nominated by Coach Ben Felder. Emrey made the All-State basketball team, despite the concussion she endured in the playoffs. This season, in javelin throwing, she finished first place in the Farm Bureau Invitational and the UVU High School Invitational. Emrey is currently ranked first place in the state for 2A javelin. “The biggest thing I’ve learned from being a top athlete is how to be mentally tough,” Emrey says. “Sports aren’t easy, and it’s hard to get through. However, through all of it, I have learned how to be a leader, have self-confidence, and so much more. Being an athlete is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” Congratulations Emrey Maxfield, Duchesne County Athlete of the Week!


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.