JDHS recognizes 6 outstanding students in Jan.

Six students were recognized on Jan. 18 by school staff for their recent contributions to improving Juneau-Douglas High School.


Assistant Principal Dale Staley introduced Juneau Rotary Club representative Virginia Stonkus, who is the local representative for the Rotary Exchange program. Stonkus spoke about how students going abroad are representing their families, schools, cities, states, and countries, so how they act and what they do matters, as it leaves a lasting impression on the host country. She then drew a parallel to students being recognized that day, as they represent their families, teachers, and high school, and others have noticed how they conduct themselves and have nominated them for the Recognition Award accordingly. Staley and Stonkus congratulated each student and awarded each a certificate, a legislative citation, and a student recognition pin. A celebratory lunch, provided by the JDHS Parent Group, followed for the students and their parents.

English teacher Kristy Germain nominated four students this month, one of which is freshman Melissa Bowhay.

“Melissa placed second in the Small Learning Community (SLC) 1 “Poetry Out Loud” recitation competition in December. She is nominated by me and the other SLC 1 teachers for her dramatic interpretation of her chosen poem. She did a wonderful job performing the poem “I wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth. Melissa will be going on to the Juneau Poetry Out Loud competition in February against other JDHS and TMHS students.”

Another freshman, Ashleigh Watt, also was recognized for her efforts in the Poetry Out Loud event.

“In December, SLC 1 students competed in the Poetry Out Loud recitation contest by memorizing and reciting a poem in front of the group. We made an event out of it by taking a field trip to Silverbow Bakery and having each student perform their poem on the stage in the Back Room. Ashleigh Watt was the winner for the entire SLC of 90 freshman students. She performed the poem “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight” by Vachel Lindsay. Ashleigh did a tremendous job. She spoke her poem with pose and appropriate dramatic interpretation. She captured the attention of her audience in a professional manner, which she has developed through acting including a recent role as Mrs. Darling in Northern Lights Junior Theater’s Peter Pan. As our SLC winner she will now go on to compete against other JDHS and TMHS students in the Juneau Poetry Out Loud contest in February.”

Germain also nominated senior Matthew Staley, as the representative of the JDHS Pep Band.

“During the 2012 Juneau-Douglas High School Homecoming Week, the JDHS Pep Band provided exceptional musical spirit. Not only did they play during four varsity basketball games that weekend, they also played for students entering and exiting the gym for the Homecoming assembly and a marathon, 15 minute, Final Countdown for the Dodgeball Championship game, and a showcase of some of their favorite songs. Matthew serves as the student leader of this exceptional Pep Band. His organization and positive leadership, in addition to his musical talents, has created a Pep Band with a dominating positive presence in the JDHS gym.”

Another student, junior Gabrielle Fenumiai, was recognized for her contagious school spirit.

“Gabi currently serves JDHS as the Spirit Representative for the student council. She is energetic and brings a history of school spirit and support of our athletics and activities. Jan. 3 – 7was Homecoming Week at JDHS. Gabi found herself organizing and leading the entire student body during the Homecoming Assembly for 75 minutes. The situation was complicated by the lack of a skit to perform by two of the classes — this left Gabi with extra time to fill during the assembly and the challenge of a negative attitude in many in the audience. She did a marvelous job of keeping the event positive and thus created a fun atmosphere that bolstered school spirit.”

Senior Sarah McDermott, was nominated by para-educator Bret Schmiege.

“Sarah is always attentive, polite and respectful toward her PE teacher. She is also friendly and helpful with all of her peers and never fails to give an honest performance in every class activity. In addition to demonstrating outstanding character and citizenship. Sarah excels academically in all subjects. I’m thankful for her contribution to our school.”

And Lana Swanson, a senior, was nominated by Vicki Nelson of the LI Program.

“Lana has voluntarily come into class, sharing her time, artistic talent, humor and wit with teachers and students in the LI Program. She is an excellent social role model for students and an asset to class. Her generosity should be commended.”

JDHS takes pride in the many outstanding students contributing to the school.


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