Seven students were honored by school staff on Wednesday for making Juneau-Douglas High School a better place. Before presenting each with a legislative citation and special Student Honoree pin, Principal Ryan Alsup talked about why these students were selected for this honor and thanked their parents for bringing up such good citizens.
The counseling department nominated senior Coleman Adams. Of Adams, they said “Coleman has impressed the counseling staff with his exuberance for life. He has shown an incredible gift for customer service when dealing with students and the public, and professionalism in completing all his duties. He has surpassed our expectations in conducting himself with his own unique decorum that brings a lively atmosphere to our office.”
Janette Gagnon, a coach at JDHS, chose to honor sophomore Phillip Fenumiai. She said, “I nominate Phillip Fenumiai, because I participated in Challenge Day on the same day as Phillip and was impressed with the support and encouragement that he showed to those around him. In particular, during the activity called “Cross the Line” I noticed that Phillip was giving high fives, pats on the back and hugs to all of the students around him, not just those that he seemed to already know. This showing of compassion and support was comforting to those around him, both students and adults. This was not an easy activity for some to participate in and I know that I was personally comforted by the support that Phillip was giving.”
Danielle Graham, a senior, was recognized by Gaye Willis in the attendance office. Willis said, “Danielle Graham has been my aide at the attendance office during fourth period for the winter semester of 2010. She made a huge difference to me and to the smooth running of the office. She helped with entering data on reports and organized class rosters for sub attendance for special events. Competent, friendly, and reliable, Danielle is a self-starter who quietly works on what needs to be done and is willing to do whatever was asked of her. Danielle is an asset to the school and a credit to her family.”
Art teacher Heather Ridgeway nominated senior Amanda Hotch. Of Hotch, Ridgeway said, “Amanda always begins her work as soon as class begins. She listens attentively and applies concepts taught in lectures and demonstrations to her own work. Over the course of the last two semesters I’ve worked with Amanda, I’ve watched her quietly, consistently develop into a strong ceramics artist who can intentionally manipulate her medium with very refined results.”
Sophomore Juliana Lukshin was recognized by Don Jackowick in the special education department. Jackowick said, “Juliana was involved in the Special Olympics Youth Summit in Anchorage March 10 through March 13th. Juliana had no idea what she was getting herself into when she volunteered to go to the Special Olympics Youth Summit, and she found herself extremely busy from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. all four days. Any free moment she had she was inundated by Special Olympics athletes literally mobbing her for a hug. She was sought out constantly from everyone for personal attention. I heard Juliana talk about her extreme homework load, but she was confident she was going to be able to get it all done by pulling an all-nighter. Way to go Juliana!”
Cindy Pastorino in the business department nominated two students, senior Adam Nesheim and freshman Cheyenne Siverly. Of Nesheim, Pasterino said, “Adam consistently proves himself to be an exemplary student in our finance and investing and exploring business classes. I appreciate his contributions to class during discussions, presentations, and the thoughtful consideration applied to individual work. I value his work ethic, conscientious attitude, and professionalism. Adam achieved first place in our class virtual stock exchange by applying wise investment strategies. He has earned a return over 200 percent on his stock portfolio since October! Adam has a bright future ahead of him and I’m fortunate to have him as a student in my business classes this year.””
Pasterino complimented Siverly by saying, “Cheyenne has proven herself to be an excellent student in our freshman seminar class. With her quiet determination she focuses on assignments, pays attention to details, and consistently submits quality work. She is helpful and looks out for her peers, often making sure they are on track. Her initiative and positive attitude are stellar. Cheyenne’s work ethic and etiquette will take her far in life. I value having a student of her caliber in my class.”