JDHS teachers honor 10 students in December recognition ceremony

These Juneau-Douglas High School students were honored in December for their exemplary behaviors and traits.

Ten students at Juneau-Douglas High School were selected by their teachers to be honored Dec. 14, for their hard work and other positive contributions to their classes.


The featured speaker this month was John Blasco, a 2000 JDHS graduate, who talked about the importance of several qualities for which the students were being recognized, including persistence, initiative, and willingness to work hard. Assistant Principal Paula Casperson then bestowed upon each nominee a special Student Recognition pin and a legislative citation as she shared their accomplishments with the audience, which consisted of parents and nominating teachers. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed refreshments provided by the JDHS Parent Group.

Seth Brickey-Smith, a Senior, received a nomination from Terri Calvin of the Career Center.

“Seth has spent many, many hours of his off campus time in the career center working diligently on his post high school plans. Seth is always polite and respectful to all he comes in contact with. His willingness to help others while in the career center is very appreciated. Seth has a way of brightening all of our days as he comes in. Thank you, Seth, for being one of the regular students to use the career center in a very positive way to help shape your future.”

Teachers Barb Bonner and Bonnie Lawrence of the CHOICE program nominated junior Mark Cabrigas.

“Mark is the quiet presence in the class who listens and can always be counted on to know everything that’s going on in the class. In his third year in the CHOICE program, he has become the quiet wit in the corner who makes everyone laugh. When confronted with new ideas and new challenges, Mark is a “go for it” type of student, and he maintains one of the highest grades in both American Literature and Social Studies.”

Bonner and Lawrence also nominated junior Kristian Petaja.

“Kristian is the most persistent, hardest worker in the CHOICE program. Reading and writing are extremely challenging for him, yet he pays attention, asks questions, does quality work, and has the highest grade in his American Literature class. Kristian has initiative - from doing dishes at retreats to putting books away, he notices things that need to be done and quietly takes care of them.”

Senior Drake Clements was nominated by three teachers, Janette and Tom Gagnon and Colin Dukes.

“Drake has grown into the role of a respectful, contributing member of Juneau-Douglas High School. Through Creative Woods classes, Drake has shown his desire to work with his hands and had developed into a fine woods craftsman. We would like to congratulate Drake on the growth he has made, both socially and academically, and wish him much success as he chooses his future training and career path.”

Guy Thibodeau of the Physical Education department nominated freshman Sarah Endicott.

“Sarah does an exemplary job in Yoga and Fitness 2nd period. She is always working to improve herself and become a better yoga practitioner. She is also willing to lead the class and demonstrate poses as she teaches others in class. She is a great example to the other students.”

Librarian Barb Kreher nominated Senior Kaelyn Day for her outstanding work as a JDHS Library Intern.

“This school year during first semester, Kaelyn’s hard work and willingness to complete any library task has helped support our library program. Though many tasks are repetitive she has persisted in completing them for us. Kaelyn has processed countless JDHS Library magazines, getting them ready for others to read and has shelved an abundance of literature set books. It has been a delight getting to know Kaelyn and I wish her the best as she graduates from JDHS in late May and continues her education.”

Math teacher Andrea Stasyszen nominated Sophomore Keenan Wright.

“Keenan shows tremendous math aptitude. He takes his knowledge and carefully examines each problem that he attempts. Why he is hard working and consistent in his mathematical ability maintaining an A in Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry, I’d like to recognize him for always taking the time to help another student. It’s not uncommon for me to look around the classroom and see Keenan kneeling beside someone’s desk to explain the problem while I’m helping other students. This service to his classmates contributes to positive class atmosphere.”

Stasyszen also nominated freshman Megan Wright.

“Megan is an extremely hard worker who consistently performs high on any task set in front of her. She is rarely late with any assignment and always strives to answer fully and completely. She is currently earning A’s in all her classes. Megan, thank you for your hard work, determination and consistent performance in my Algebra 1 class. With this type of work ethic, I look forward to seeing how far you go not only during your high school career but also wherever life leads you.”

Teacher Nathan Adams joined Stasyszen in nominating another freshman, Destiny Starr.

“Destiny not only has an A in Algebra 1, but demonstrates incredible math aptitude that can carry her to many great places. Good work, and keep up the effort.”

Senior Emma Peters was nominated by Gaye Willis in the Attendance Office.

“Emma Peters is my aide in the attendance office during 3rd hour this semester. Due to the confidential nature of this work, only students who are deemed trustworthy are allowed to work in the attendance office. Emma is a wonderful help in writing passes and delivering messages. She, along with the other aides, did a tremendous job and pulling the files from last year and setting up new files for this year. I’m very impressed at how Emma comes in and immediately goes to work doing the filing. She is a self-starter, who uses downtime effectively for homework. She has covered the office when I have been in meetings or at appointments. She had handled that responsibility with grace and effectively communicated what happened while I was gone.”


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