Emery Armentrout ’17 was the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce’s November Student of the Month. Below, read the speech that Emery gave when he received his award.

“Hello, I'm Emery Armentrout, and I would like to start by saying how honored I am to be here, representing the school that I love in the city that I love, and I'd specifically like to thank the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce for this recognition. I was nominated as Student of the Month because my teacher believes that I am the quintessential Montessori student—that I challenge, I engage, I show a desire to learn, and to develop myself as a person in the process. I have gone to Woodinville Montessori School my entire life, from preschool through my senior year of high school, and so I'm happy to know that I've absorbed the teachings and ways of thinking successfully. Because of going to this same school my entire life, and because of this school promoting an idea of independence and new experiences, I spent a summer in Austin, Texas, working my first job. That time, I've realized, was made so much more enjoyable and successful by my Montessori education. I could adapt to an entirely different form of life, going from high school to a job, living in a completely different area of the country, which are skills I feel will be especially useful when going off to college. My education directly impacted my new working life, which I think is the greatest gift Montessori has to offer. The school gets me to learn independently, to teach myself how to do something through my own thinking, and I will always be grateful for that. So thank you again, Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, and my teacher, Sharon Dunn, for nominating me.”