JDHS recognizes 6 students

JDHS students were recognized for their contributions to their school community.

Six students at Juneau-Douglas High School were recognized Nov. 16 for their contributions to improving the school’s atmosphere. The students were nominated by teachers and staff for their extra effort.


The featured speaker this month was Jennifer Knaggs, who shared with students a poem entitled “The Essence of Leadership.” Assistant Principal Paula Casperson then awarded each nominee a special student recognition pin and a legislative citation as she shared their accomplishments with the audience, consisting of parents and teachers. Knaggs then connected leadership qualities in each student’s nomination bio with the poem.

Brittney Browne, a junior, received a nomination from Karen Boddy of the Counseling Office.

“Brittney has proven to be an exceptional asset to the counseling office. She is always happy and upbeat, with a friendly greeting for everyone. She is reliable, dependable and will tackle any project. She was very helpful in giving me the student point of view when I needed input, while constructing the counseling department web page. Brittney is never idle; she does her homework or reads when there is down time. We are glad she is here,”

Karina Reyes and Dixie Weiss, teachers in the English Language Learners (ELL) program, nominated Nancy Ramirez, also a junior.

“Nancy is being recognized for demonstrating increased focus on her school work this year. She has a positive attitude, a good work ethic and she wants to succeed. Nancy balances participation in volleyball with work and school.”

Weiss, also of the world languages department, additionally nominated junior Joseph Hinman.

“Joseph is a willing participant in Spanish 1, a performance class, always seeking to practice his second language skills. Additionally, he generously lends his JDHS video lab technical expertise when it’s necessary to use a 1980’s laser disc with 21st century technology. Bien hecho y mil gracias, Jose. ”

Cindy Pastorino of the Business Department also nominated two students, freshmen Nanette Solanoy and Mariah Soriano.

“I have the pleasure of having both Nanette and Mariah in my “World of Work” class. Since both do such an equally outstanding job in class, each deserves to be recognized for her efforts. First of all, both have perfect attendance. Each can be depended on to be on time, prepared, and ready to learn.

Secondly, I value the initiative and work ethic each demonstrates daily in class. Both are focused on assignments, pay attention to details, and consistently produce quality work. It is rewarding to see students take such pride in the caliber of their work.

Nanette and Mariah are polite and respectful to all, always have a positive attitude and demonstrate excellent etiquette. Both young women are conscientious students committed to their education. The grades each earned in all their classes prove this as well. I’m proud to have Nanette and Mariah in my class and know their families must be extremely proud of them.”

Gaye Willis in the Attendance Office nominated sophomore Tori Talley.

“Tori Talley is my aide in the attendance office during 1st hour this semester. This is my busiest time of day and I’d be lost without her assistance. She has been a tremendous help in writing late passes and in making deliveries for my office and also for the teen health center. Tori is quick to observe things that need to be done. She is great at using any spare time wisely to study for other classes... Thank you, Tori, for all you do to keep the office running smoothly.”


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