Connections Choices Students of the Month

This month, since school was not in session and we only had enough students of the month to get us through August, we decided to make a new tradition, Connection’s Choices. In September, we selected 4 students of the month that we have known in the community. These are great kids and we love having them as friends, neighbors and classmates. If you have a student you would like to be considered as a Connection’s Choice, please send in a short bio to

Carly Beckstrand
Weber High School

Carly is a hard worker, always helping her mom and family. She always has a beautiful smile on her face which brings a lot of joy to those around her! If she is asked to do a task she gets right to it. She loves animals and even helps at the Weber County animal shelter once a week to a friend. She loves being outdoors. Her family enjoys camping, hiking, biking and river rafting. Her favorite thing she did this summer was white water rafting down the Snake River. She said it was quite the drive to Jackson Hole, Wyoming but it was so worth it.  She is a senior at Weber High (Go class of 2018) and has plans to go to Utah State after graduation.

Elli Herrick
Orion Junior High School

We have known this cute Elli for a few years and love her and her family. Elli really likes going to school at Orion. A couple of her favorite teachers are Mrs. Allen (Utah Studies) and Mrs. Marks (English). I was impressed to hear that she was a 4.0 student last year as well.  WAY TO GO ELLI!!  She loves art, music, traveling, photography, and Zumba with her Aunt. When she has down time she likes to play her ukulele, cook and play with her two dogs, Winnie and Buckley. Her favorite food is pizza and vanilla ice-cream if she’s craving something sweet. Her favorite book is Fable Haven and a year or so ago Elli’s favorite movies were the Star Wars series. Her family just recently watched the Harry Potter series and have fallen in love with those.

Carson Warner

Maria Montessori Academy
Carson is one of those boys that blow you away. He is so motivated by life. If he gets an idea in his head he will work so hard until he accomplishes that goal. He attended Maria Montessori during his 5th through 9th-grade years. This year he will be attending Weber High and he is really excited for what that brings. His favorite things about the Montessori Academy was playing on the Basketball Team of 7 players.  They worked really hard and grew close as a team. He learned a lot from his coaches Ryan and Wade Rallison (Father and Son coaches). His favorite teacher was Mr. Casey and his favorite subject weight lifting. He works at Cold Stone Creamery (Yum) in downtown Ogden. Plays the drums and has goals of running in a ½ marathon and becoming a dentist. Oh yeah, he is also very good looking. We love this witty, happy, friend of ours.

Stephanie Dixon
North Ogden Junior High School

Stephanie is the sweetest girl. She is so content where ever she is which makes every situation fun. She moved here from Pocatello Idaho a year ago which is where her extended family and many of her friends live. We hope that she can call this home as well. She is good at whatever sport she tries. Her favorite things to do are play volleyball, hang out with friends and attend school (Yes, she said school). She did mention that she loves the friend part of school not so much the homework. She is the 3rd of 5 girls. Her favorite movie is Maze Runner II. Her favorite treat is grasshopper ice-cream. When she grows up she wants to be a dermatologist, physical trainer or dental hygenist.

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