Anderson an inspiration to many
Kyle Anderson isn’t one to talk about himself or anyone else for that matter. But he will give you a great big smile, no matter who you are and no matter what — which is infectious.
It’s no wonder that Anderson, who recently graduated from Bremen High School and will be attending Manchester College this fall to become a teacher, received the WNDU-TV “Class of 2011” recognition as being an inspirational student. Principal Bruce Jennings who had nothing but good things to say about Anderson, nominated him.
“On behalf of the staff of Bremen High School, please accept this nomination of Kyle Anderson, a sensational senior at Bremen High School, for “WNDU-TV’s Class of 2011” recognition,” he proposed. “Kyle has given me permission to tell you that he has Asperger’s Disorder — a milder variant of autism,” said Jennings in his letter noting that in spite of his handicap, Kyle excelled at Bremen High School.
“He volunteers(ed) after school each day to supervise young children at the Boys & Girls Club; he is a percussionist in the band and a member of the Chess Club and he competed on the Social Studies Academic Super Bowl Team that finished fourth in the State at Purdue May 7,” said Jennings, who noted that Kyle even participated in the drama productions at BHS and also served as an anchor on the BTV school morning news broadcasts. “Kyle has never let his speech be an issue,” noted Jennings who got to know Anderson even more during a band trip to New York City last year.
“Kyle was in my group of guys that hung together during the Bremen High School Band Trip to New York City,” he said. “I sat beside Kyle on the bus ride and I really enjoyed his company during that trip (and throughout his high school career).”
The principal was not the only one at Bremen High that felt Anderson deserved the honor. Other teachers had good things to say about him in the nomination letter to the television station.
“Kyle always has a smile, a positive attitude, a willingness to please teachers in his class” said Spanish teacher, Rose Kaseweter. “He always offers a great big ‘HOLA’ when he sees me in the hall.”
Math teacher, John Kucela, who noted Anderson was an exceptional math student, also pointed out how he was always “a real fun kid to be around.” “Kyle always seems to be happy and enjoys life,” said Kucela, noting that even though Anderson had yet to defeat him in a game of chess over a course of four years playing the game with him, he thinks he will beat him someday.
Anderson, who hopes to be a history teacher someday, was teacher, Kristi Monesmith’s “go-to History fact-checker in English class.” “He could easily be counted on to “back up my History when I needed it” she noted.
Outside the classroom setting, most recently in April, the senior was very inspirational to all by his performance bringing the crowd to a standing ovation when he performed playing on the piano and singing the song by Mark Wills, “Don’t Laugh At Me” during the fit annual Lion King Contest held at Bowen Auditorium. The contest is the male version of a Junior Miss Pageant with all proceeds going to charity, which was mentioned in the nomination by Social Studies teacher, Laura Watts. Anderson performed on behalf of the Bremen Boys & Girls Club.
“He was very brave to sing that song,” said Watts. “His performance brought tears to my eyes, and the standing ovation he received from his peers warmed my heart.”
“Kyle’s heart is huge and his impact on the Bremen School-Community has been extraordinary,” said Jennings of Anderson.
Anyone who has known Anderson at all would have to agree with Jennings and the teacher’s comments concerning the special young man who gained respect from his efforts and attitude that deserved the honor. He will be missed at Bremen High School by many and hopefully appreciated by those at Manchester College.