10 Crimson Bears earn recognition in May

Shown here are six of 10 Juneau-Douglas High school students honored by school staff for their contributions to JDHS in May. From left to right are Maia Reynolds, Elve Ramirez, Abby Wilwert, Shamil Blaisdell, Jasmine Brown and Elena Lamas. Not pictured are Stephanie Tripp, Garret Cheeseman, Marielle Mendoza and Kyle Kaplor.Photo courtesy of Jetta Whittaker

Ten Juneau-Douglas High School students were honored by school staff in May for their contributions toward improving the school climate. These students were honored at a ceremony the evening of May 17 at the University of Alaska Southeast. The ceremony also included recognition of all the students who were nominated during the 2010-2011 school year.


By virtue of being a JDHS student recognition nominee during this school year, all seniors were eligible for a $1,000 scholarship to UAS. This scholarship was awarded to Monica Ashenfelter.

Junior Shamil Blaisdell was nominated by Don Jackowick.

“Shamil worked as a Special Education Peer Tudor for the Pace Program,” Jackowick said. “Due to Shamil’s enthusiasm and quality of performance, Shamil was asked to return to be a peer tutor for the entire 2010-11 school year. Shamil was of great benefit to our classroom environment, he was highly motivated and enthusiastic in helping all students succeed. He helped a variety of students in multiple situations, even students that were less than enthusiastic to receive help, and his friendly outgoing personality and willingness to help everyone was greatly appreciated by all in the classroom.”

Jasmine Brown, a ninth grader, was nominated by Andrea Stasyszen in the math department. She said,

“Jasmine is such a joy in class and eager to learn that having her as a student is thoroughly enjoyable,” Stasyszen said. “She is very patient and friendly about helping with questions from peers around her and she is never afraid to ask questions to deepen her own understanding of the Algebra 1 topics. She is a conscientious student dedicated to her education. In freshman seminar, she focuses on assignments, pays attention to details, consistently submits quality work, and is helpful to her peers. Her positive attitude, work ethic, and maturity are appreciated. Jasmine is also in my student advisory and makes valued contributions to discussions and activities. I would be happy to have a classroom of Jasmines — we’d be much more productive and learn that much more as a class.”

Stasyszen also nominated sophomore Abigail Wilwert. In nominating Wilwert, she said “Abby is a (teacher’s aide) in my Algebra 1 class and I’m continually impressed by the initiative and follow through she shows in helping. She has even come to class early seeing if there is anything I needed help with before the bell rang, which shows such strong character and a willing spirit to serve. Whether it is organizing files or running errands, she is always so pleasant and helpful. Abby is also a student in my Algebra 2/(Trigonometry) class and I appreciate her willingness to ask questions and take responsibility for her learning and come in at lunch or other times for extra assistance if needed. She is always willing to help a friend around her and I thoroughly enjoy having her in my classroom both as a student and a teacher’s aide.”

The counseling office staff nominated senior Garrett Cheeseman. The nomination stated “Garrett gets right to work as soon as he comes in the door. He is a hard worker and does his best to make sure he completes any task placed before him. He is patient with other students, which helps make the counseling office a more pleasant place for other students. We appreciate all that Garrett has done this past semester.”

The counseling office staff also nominated senior Stephanie Tripp, writing “Stephanie is one of our hard-working counseling office aides. We find her pleasant smile and quiet demeanor to be very welcoming to other students and visitors to the counseling office. She never fails to take the initiative and get straight to work. Stephanie has been a wonderful addition to our counseling family this semester and we expect greatness in her future.”

Gaye Willis of the attendance office nominated three students for their perfect attendance records this semester. Of Kyle Kaplor and Elena Lamas, both juniors, and freshman Marielle Mendoza, Willis said, “During the winter 2011 semester, only three students with full schedules out of over 800 students achieved perfect attendance. This is a major accomplishment and a great evidence of their dependability and work ethic. Congratulations, Marielle, Kyle and Elena! We appreciate your example!”

Willis also nominated senior Elve Ramirez. Willis said “Elve Ramirez is my aide at the attendance office during second period. She is a diligent worker who helps write passes, file excuses, make deliveries and do other tasks as needed. She is polite and cheerful to work with. It is a high compliment to be approved to work in the attendance office due to the confidential nature of the work. Only students who are deemed trustworthy are allowed. I’m grateful for all Elve does to make the office run smoothly.”

Art teacher Heather Ridgway nominated senior Maia Reynolds. She said “Maia is a very conscientious artist and student. She has intense personal vision and despite all her community activities she is diligent in seeing her visions through to the end. She can juggle many personal projects in Art while maintaining a realistic perspective on class-project obligations. Above and beyond these notable expressions of commitment to her class work and her art, she will take a little extra time to do something to better her environment to the benefit of all. Thank you for refreshing our classroom display case, Maia!”


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