For the month of February, the Auburn School Board recognized Pam Smith as the Outstanding Staff Member of the month. Lake View Elementary fifth-grader Zak Sorenson was recognized as the Outstanding Student of the Month. They were recognized on February 12th at the Auburn School Board meeting.
The Auburn Performing Arts Center is the flagship venue of the ASD and Pam Smith is the Captain
In her 20th year leading the performing arts facilities in Auburn, Smith is a staple of Auburn’s arts community. Before she began her role with the ASD, she was very involved in the arts community, having served on the Auburn Arts Commission for 16 years. Additionally, Smith performed in several community theater productions on the Performing Arts Center stage, taught piano for 20 years and coordinated volunteer ushers for numerous performances at the PAC. When the position at the APAC opened, she was a natural fit.
In her current role, Smith manages the Auburn Performing Arts Center (APAC), the Theatre at Mountainview and the Auburn Riverside Theater.
Theater technician Joe Cughan said, “[Smith] effortlessly coordinates hundreds of events every school year. She embodies the school district’s mission of arts in the district and in the community. She does it all with a positive, enthusiastic attitude that is contagious. [Smith] always goes above and beyond and is a role model for future generations.”
By all accounts, Sorenson is an awesome individual, student, and friend.
One of the many reasons the ASD Board selected Sorenson was his incredible diligence and dedication. He sets daily challenge goals for himself each day and continually excels to higher levels. Though reaching his goals takes extra work sometimes, he persistently works hard at achieving his goals. Sorenson boldly accepts the challenge with a smile.
In addition to being a very motivated student, Sorenson is a great friend. His classmates describe him as caring, kind, truthful, and dependable. They share that he is an all-around wonderful person. He volunteers daily to help both classmates and his teachers.
Sorensen’s teacher, Alesha Rowe, said, “I appreciate Zak and the amazing person he is. We are lucky to have him as part of our team. Keep it up kiddo, the world is yours to conquer!”
With Physical Education being one of his favorite subjects, Sorenson plays basketball and football. He enjoys shooting hoops in his free time. Also a fan of reading, he also likes helping his dad with his comic book store. Sorenson’s favorite comic is Superman Batman Volume 1.