Students remember the impact Mr. Kyle Guyton had on their lives

Victoria Toetz

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Mr. Kyle Guyton, inspired many of the students, faculty and peers that he interacted with while as a student and teacher here. Current students and alumni reflect on the lesson that he taught them. . .

“Mr. Guyton taught me to never underestimate myself or others.” Regon Brenner, junior

“Mr. Guyton taught me how to how to not take things too seriously while also making sure you did what needed to be done. He showed me how to keep a sense of humor while still working hard.” Lauren Whitlock, senior

“Mr. Guyton taught me that putting in hard work and being able to believe in what you do everything turns out perfectly.” Tierney McDonald, sophomore

“Mr. Guyton taught me how to take charge and stand behind my decisions no matter whatever everyone else thinks. Like in life, as a director, you run the show.” Jenna Graham, senior

“Mr Guyton taught me that I can make dreams a reality; he showed me that I could write a story and make it come to life on stage. He showed me that if I have the passion to dream it, I can achieve it.” Grace Gore, senior

“Mr. Guyton taught me to pursue your passion  and to put your all in everything you do.” Emily Jorgenson, senior

“Mr. Guyton taught me how you can make a difference no matter how old you are. You just need ambition and heart.” Valerie Schultz, senior

“Mr Guyton taught me to be welcoming and to make the most of everything. He taught us how to be passionate, creative, joyful, and loving.  He was a guide, a mentor, a teacher, a director, and a friend. He taught us how to be a light in the world.” Hannah Pletcher, junior

“Mr. Guyton taught me to value my own opinions.” Eric Compton, sophomore

“Mr. Guyton taught generosity. The stage floor used to be filthy, but Mr. Guyton took it upon himself to clean and repaint the whole mess. That was the first time we saw how dedicated he was to improving Chatard from the ground up.” Eliza Foran, junior

“Mr. Guyton taught me that giving 100 percent always was worth the effort. As he always said “I don’t put on crap”. During a show he always expected our best and in the end it would turn out fantastically because he would not settle for anything but our best.” Claire Rudolph, senior

“Mr. Guyton taught me that even though we are young, we have a purpose and we can help. That no matter how hard something seems we are able to prevail. That sometimes you just gotta be a giant goofball and enjoy life. And How much theatre could mean to me.” Anna Farmer, senior

“Mr. Guyton taught me to be me and not be afraid of who I was and to also accept everyone no matter the difference. He helped me believe that emotions are okay and he helped me through them.” Gillian Fouse, junior

“Mr. Guyton taught me how to go above and beyond. Something that anyone could see, whether you knew him or not, was that he genuinely cared about us. He took time to see how we were doing. He made sure we were all included and felt welcome. One time he even surprised us with a cake at rehearsal when it was someone’s birthday. That action action alone, I think, summarized him. That he cared.” Chloe Fellwock, senior

“Mr. Guyton taught me to challenge the old system and that the old way isn’t necessarily the best way.” Emily Young, junior

“Mr. Guyton taught me that you can be different and original by doing things people normally wouldn’t. Mr. Guyton taught me that I can do anything, even if it’s not always what everyone else is doing. He made me realize my passion for theater and helped me see my potential by believing me and encouraging me like he did everyone else.” Chandler Sims, freshman

“Mr. Guyton taught me that you should always give it your all and leave it all on the stage.” Jack Lockrem, junior

“Mr. Guyton taught us much more than just how to act, or direct, or what you will. He taught us how to take everything happily, even the criticism, and how to remain positive, even under deadlines or pressure. He taught us how important it is to communicate and to work together for the good of everyone. He also taught us how to be a great leader.” Edward Gramling, sophomore

“Mr. Guyton taught me to always believe in yourself even if it seems like you shouldn’t. Sometimes you only see the negatives because you want to, but there’s always a silver lining. Keep trying and eventually good things come. Be proud of yourself.” Monica Babbey, freshmen

“Mr. Guyton taught me that joy is contagious, and that there are no limits to creativity.” Katelyn Redelman, junior

“Mr. Guyton taught me that I can do anything if I work hard and believe in it.” Rachel Smith, sophomore

“Mr. Guyton taught me more than I can express in words, but it’s a start to say that he taught me the joy of creating something bigger than any one person or group of people, with the power to change hearts and even lives.” Lucy Horlander, junior

“Mr. Guyton taught me to go outside my comfort zone.” Blake Brown, sophomore

“Mr. Guyton taught me the important keys and values to becoming successful in whatever I do in life.” David Denise, sophomore

Mr. Guyton taught me that work doesn’t have to be stressful, he would always turn craziness into downright fun.” Sarah Fillenwarth, freshman

“Kyle taught me to be fearlessly passionate.” Ryan Smith, Class of 2011

“Kyle taught me to stay laughing and not take life too seriously.” Delaney Whitlock, Class of 2014

“Kyle taught me to never stop being goofy.” Hannah Janowicz, Class of 2014

“Kyle taught me to never stop giving up on what you are passionate about.” Kelly Krogmeier, Class of 2012

“Kyle taught me that if you believe in something, and have the courage to pursue your dreams anything is possible.” Katie Broniarczyk, Class of 2014

“Kyle taught me to take my work seriously but not to forget to relax and enjoy the ride.” Madeleine Jurkiewicz, Class of 2013

“Kyle taught me that if you feel a calling in life to follow that passion fiercely with patience and laughter.” Ellen Collier, Class of 2011

“Kyle taught me that no matter what it is you do, give it your all and do it with love.” Abby Eichholtz, Class of 2013

“Kyle taught me to always remember and respect your roots.” Nicole Lehrman, Class of 2013

“Kyle taught me to appreciate every single person who helps you on your journey through this little thing we call life and to cherish the memories you made with those people.” Emily Hoff, Class of 2012

“Kyle taught me to take on God’s plan for you and enjoy the journey with love, respect and admiration knowing that God has your back.” Heather Elson, Class of 2011

“Kyle taught me that if you do what you love and treat everyone with respect, you can inspire others to do the same.” Dylan Stone, Class of 2011

“Kyle taught me that to have a good work ethic, you must utilize the power of comedic relief.” Demurs Abbett, Class of 2011

“Kyle taught me that one person can inspire others by just being positive.” Aaryana Willis, Class of 2013