BCHS students land “Good Deeds” award

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White Hat Coalition President Stan Smith presented Beaverhead County High School Student Body President Gabe Chilson with the group’s annual “Doer of Good Deeds Award” during a Monday assembly at the school’s auditorium. The students were honored for their efforts to help BCHS teacher and coach Steve Vezina. The students became aware in the fall that Vezina had cancer. The students emarked on a series of fundraising efforts. submitted photo


White Hat Coalition President Stan Smith presented the BCHS student body the group’s annual “Doer of Good Deeds Award,” Monday during a special assembly.  Smith said the students were honored for their efforts to help Steve Vezina and his family.  Vezina is a teacher at the school who has been diagnosed with cancer.

“You have all inspired our community with your creative fundraising and morale building efforts on behalf of your teacher, coach and friend, Steve Vezina,” said Smith in his remarks to the students.  “Through each of you, your compassion and energy helped to raise Viz’s spirits and that of his entire family.

“I’m certain I speak for my firend and classmate, his family, his friends and the entire comunity when I say, ‘we are very proud of each and every one of you.”

The White Hat Coalition has worked for 10 years to recognize community service among Dillon-area citizens. This year the Coalition selected the entire student body of Beaverhead County High School as the “Doers Of Good Deeds” award recipients for 2013. 

Smith wrote in a press release, through actions that have screamed “No surrender” in their encouragement of Viz in his battle against this dreaded disease, each of them have blessed not only Viz and his family, but all of us as a community. They are what this award was created for. Recognizing those among us that reach deep inside themselves and bring comfort and light into our society as a whole.

  Smith spelled out some of the good deeds performed by the students: Through hundreds of hugs, well wishes and helping with small things like clearing their sidewalks of snow, they have given the Vezina family strength. Inspiring gestures such as the wonderful “Roar” video directed by Andrea Shurg, the fantastic talent show directed by Addie Hansen, creating and selling tye dye tee shirts and selling burgers at games; along with the No Surrender Facebook fundraiser have not only aided the family with expenses, but gave them a true sense of how much our community cares through the actions of our youth.

According to Smith, The White Hat Coalition received several nominations for consideration, and that is was obvious the students had given of themselves freely and unselfishly. 

According to Smith, his group received  a record number of nominations this year. 

“To every member of our community that gives of their time, talent and finances in service to our community we tip our hats to all of you,” concluded Smith.   “We are proud of the people of Dillon and all of Beaverhead county and are blessed to live in Montana.”