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What is a WaveMaker?  Someone that incites action or activity. 

Elementary School


Sam Bodenhamer

Grade - 5th Grade

Area of Recognition - Kindness and Compassion

I'm a WaveMaker because...
Sam is an exceptionally kind and caring student who always has a smile on his face. Having taught Sam last year in fourth grade, I witnessed his compassion and kindness to all students, but especially our students with autism. He has always been a champion for the underdog and would defend and include other students when often others would not. At recess, he didn't like to see students with no one to play with and often left his friends or recruited them to come along to play with the students who didn't have anyone to play with and gladly played whatever game they wanted. As I have encountered him across campus this year, I am proud to see that he is still the same caring and inclusive young man, even though he is in a grade level where students tend to become less kind and compassionate toward one another. I see him each day helping others, holding doors, and sharing positivity with everyone he interacts with throughout the day. He sets an example for how to treat others and is truly a leader among his peers. Sam's kind heart and compassion are why I feel he should be named WaveMaker of the Month.
~Nominated by Dana Walker~



Middle School


Ana De Albuquerque Guerra

Grade -8th Grade

Area of Recognition - Positivity and Kindness

I'm a WaveMaker because...
Ana De Albuquerque Guerra radiates positivity and kindness wherever she goes. With her infectious enthusiasm and warm personality, she effortlessly connects with everyone she meets, spreading joy and optimism. Ana's selflessness is evident in her eagerness to help others, whether it's supporting the basketball and soccer teams as their manager or assisting the yearbook staff with her photography skills. Her unwavering commitment to uplifting and supporting those around her makes her a shining example of leadership and kindness within our school community. Recently, Ana won the 7 th and 8 th Grade State Championship at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Conference for her project, Manual Website Design. Ana truly embodies the spirit of the GSMS Student WaveMaker, and she is highly deserving of this recognition.
~Nominated by Teresa Brewer~



High School


Lela Booth

Grade - 10th Grade

Area of Recognition - Community Service and Leadership Development

I'm a WaveMaker because...
It is with utmost enthusiasm that I submit the nomination of Cadet Lela Booth for Gulf Shores High School WaveMaker of the Month. Throughout this past month, Lela has demonstrated exceptional leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication within our NJROTC program, and she has left an indelible mark on our school community. Lela's contribution to our school was highlighted during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Gulf Shores High School on April 26, 2024. At this historic event, Lela performed a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, setting the tone for the ceremony with her incredible talent and patriotism. Moreover, Lela's participation in the NJROTC Leadership Retreat to Ocoee, TN, further underscores her outstanding character and commitment to excellence. Throughout the retreat, which was held from April 17- 20th, she demonstrated exceptional teamwork, confidence, and discipline, culminating in her active involvement in a challenging white-water rafting expedition on the Middle Ocoee River. What truly distinguishes Lela is her infectious enthusiasm and spirit of adventure. Her boundless energy and genuine love for her fellow students and Cadets have positively impacted our program and school community. Lela's positive attitude and willingness to contribute have inspired those around her, making her a cherished and respected member of our NJROTC program. It is without reservation that I wholeheartedly endorse Cadet Lela Booth for the Gulf Shores High School WaveMaker of the Month award. Her exemplary conduct, unwavering dedication, and outstanding contributions epitomize the highest standards of the NJROTC Program, Gulf Shores High School and the Gulf Shores City Schools community.
~Nominated by LTC Scott Meehan~



Virtual Academy


Ava Wycoff

Grade: 12th Grade

Area of Recognition: Serving Others

I'm a WaveMaker because...
Ava Wycoff has focus, drive, and a passion for serving others which is what makes her a Wave Maker! Ava has completed seven dual enrollment courses while simultaneously, managing schoolwork, being in two different honor societies, and maintaining a job as a legal assistant. Not only that, Ava is also passionate about volunteering with the Helping Hands team to raise money for those in need, and tutoring children at the Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center. In her free time, she self-studies historical fashion. One of her greatest accomplishments has been sewing a dress using an 1860s reproduction sewing pattern. Since then, she has also made a corset and a bicycling skirt c. 1890s. Ava received $15,600 in scholarships and will be attending Troy University this upcoming fall. There, she will be double majoring in European, Asian, and African History and Anthropology. In the future, she plans on receiving a PhD so that she can work as a textile conservator. Her focus, creativity, passion, and perseverance are an inspiration, and we are proud to call her a WaveMaker!
~Nominated by Susan Nelson, Sara Beth Parker and Sara Altmyer~