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Helena’s Student of the Month is Isabel Beasley

Helena’s student of the month, Capital High School student Isabel Beasley, poses for a photo inside the school on Thursday. She’s the student body president. Beasley plans to attend the University of Montana next year to study psychology.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Disc

High school was among the best two years of Isabel Beasley’s life that she can remember.

COVID-19 began during Beasley’s sophomore year. She blinked and is now a senior at Capital High School.

“I really need to interact with people to survive, (so the COVID-19 isolation) was really tough. Junior year felt a lot like a fresh start,” Beasley said. “I remember barely anything from my freshman year because covid just put a dent in it like nothing before covid it feels so much further away than it was.

Beasley was nominated by Capital teachers and staff as High School Student of the Month for October. Each month, a different high school will have the opportunity to nominate a student to be on the independent record.

“Isabel is active in student council and excels in choir, as evidenced by her recent selection to the All-State Choir,” Capital principal Brett Zanto said of Beasley’s nomination. “She is an energetic and positive influence at Capital High School!”

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During his freshman year, Beasley moved to Montana from Dallas and a 6A high school of about 3,000 students. Capital is less than half that size at 1,360 students for the 2022-2023 school year, according to Capital’s website.

“It was a really big change moving so far away, but Capital was this place where I immediately felt very welcome here,” Beasley said. “…It was a very different environment than living in a very large suburb. It worked out really well in the end, and I love this school and all the opportunities it has given me.

Speaking of opportunities, Beasley is Capital’s student body president. When not organizing student government events, dances, and fundraisers, she works as president of the Key Club, participates in the math club, and choir and jazz choir.

“She came in and took the bull by the horns. His outgoing side really came out. She was a little intimidated at first, but found community and clubs… She really blossomed,” said Barb Kipping, Beasley’s mother. “…We are so proud of her with all the work she has put into different organizations and the community. She is extremely humble. Sometimes we need to let him know that it is a symbol of his accomplishments.

“One of my accomplishments was being student body president because I’m so scared to say to myself, ‘I just moved here.’ But Mrs. Goody, my professor of algebra and statistics at the university who led the student council last year, said to me, ‘No, you should introduce yourself. You should do it.’ and all my friends told me to do it,” Beasley said. “When I got it, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s kinda crazy’.”

In addition to Mrs. Goody, another teacher who impacted Beasley’s high school experiences as a Bruin is English teacher Mr. Ward.

“(Mr. Ward) really enjoyed my writing,” Beasley said. “He really pushed me and I felt like I became a better writer for it.”

When Beasley isn’t at school, she’s busy reading, snowboarding, hiking, hanging out with friends, doing her homework and more. She recently went from working at Target to becoming a barista at Starbucks a few weeks ago. His favorite drink to drink and make is a Frappuccino.

Beasley is the middle child of three with a sibling on either side of her.

“She is independent but not too independent. She has always been empathetic and attentive to the feelings of others. She can read a room,” Kipping said. “She has the most infectious laugh ever, even as a baby, and she still does. She laughs with all her heart and with all her being.

“In my eyes, there are definitely so many people who make me who I am. I admire them for that,” Beasley said. “My parents, my step-dad, my little brother who has autism and my older brother (who is in the Air Force), they did a lot for me and made me who I am… I have the feel like everyone in their own way has a way to make you better.

Beasley plans to go from maroon and gold to maroon, as she seeks to attend the University of Montana. She wants to enter the honors program and study psychology to become a developmental psychologist in the future.

“So my little brother has autism…and that’s the idea where I want to find ways in which a child who has lived in an environment or has that disability has the ability to live their life to their fullest potential. I feel like there can be so much more research,” Beasley said. “…I know there’s a way to do this, and I want to do this so badly because I feel like somehow or not, we end up putting people ( autism) in a box. I don’t want this for my little brother or anyone. I want to find a way where you don’t have to be that label that you’re given.

Beasley wouldn’t go back and change anything about his high school experience — except maybe the pandemic part.

“I really try to look at life as it happens for a reason, and I don’t want to look back and say, ‘I should have been in more clubs or I should have done this'”, Beasley said. “I try to take it one day at a time and say, ‘That was good. It was high school. I don’t want to regret anything and I don’t think I would change the way it was.

Megan Michelotti can be reached at [email protected].