Seventh grader is a model student

Known for his hard work and kindness

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ
Arche Pher, 12, a seventh grader at Miller Middle School, has cultivated a glowing reputation for himself. Well-liked by both teachers and students, he enjoys reading, writing and athletics.

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Arche Pher, 12, a seventh grader at Miller Middle School, has cultivated a glowing reputation for himself. Well-liked by both teachers and students, he enjoys reading, writing and athletics.

Arche Pher, 12, a seventh grader at Miller Middle School, has cultivated a glowing reputation for himself.

“He’s just the neatest kid. When he walks in the room, it’s like sunshine,” said language arts instructor Sarah Benscoter.

Arche was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, and came to the United States at age three. At the beginning of the school year, he moved here from Illinois. He has five brothers and one sister.

Since that time, he has made many friends and impressed his teachers with his athletic and academic abilities, as well as his personality.

“Arche is kind to every single person he comes into contact with. He will work with anyone, talk to anyone, and help anyone who needs it,” Benscoter noted. “He is always willing to volunteer in the classroom and he is absolutely hilarious. It is really rare to have a student who is such a bright light to everyone around him.”

The seventh grader enjoys reading and writing and is interested in anything in the genre of horror stories.

“‘Goosebumps’ is my favorite series,” he said.

A strong runner, Arche is on the school’s cross country team. He is also out for wrestling, and likes to play soccer.

“In September, he won a cross country meet that hundreds of boys [competed in]. He never said anything the next day. He never bragged,” Benscoter said.

Arche’s goal this year is to “try to make more friends and keep my grades up.”

While he is undecided on his future career path, he could see being in a profession that would require physical dexterity, perhaps in labor or sports.

“Arche is one of those students you want in your class; he’s so pleasant and genuine,” said social studies teacher Chad Spear. “He’s a great student, but an even better person.”

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