JDHS recognizes 7 students in March

Pictured are Juneau-Douglas High School's students of the month for March Tal Norvell, Christianne Mariano and Aaron Abella. Not pictured are Jefferson Estigoy, Amberli Fitka, Tianna-Jae Garcia and Alexander Willis.

Juneau-Douglas High School staff recognized seven students on March 14 for their efforts to improve the school climate by their exemplary behavior and efforts to be their best.


Principal Ryan Alsup gave the opening remarks, speaking from personal experience about the value of hard work and coming from behind to make something of oneself. He then congratulated the students 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.

Junior Aaron Abella was nominated by health sciences teacher Kari Monagle.

“Aaron didn’t do very well in anatomy in the second quarter but he has dramatically turned it around this quarter. He currently has a strong A and has been doing a great job!” Monagle said.

Junior Jefferson Estigoy was nominated by Dixie Weiss and Karina Reyes of the English Language Learners Department.

“Jefferson is consistently maintaining a 3.5 GPA and excellent attendance this semester. He is a positive influence in his English Language Success class and is steadily accruing language and reading analysis skills.” Wiess and Reyes wrote.

Karen Boddy of the Counseling Office nominated junior Amberli Fitka.

“Amberli is always so upbeat when she comes in for the last period of the day. She immediately gets to work on whatever task has been assigned. In fact, while she is working, we have lively discussions about all kinds of things because she is so personable. Amberli can also be serious and work hard on homework when there are no tasks or assignments for her. We are very happy to have her in the Counseling Office this semester.” Boddy said.

Gaye Willis of the Attendance Office nominated junior Tianna-Jae Garcia.

“Tianna-Jae is my aide in the attendance office during fifth hour this semester. TJ is a wonderful help in writing passes and delivering messages. Two days a week, fifth period is right after lunch, which makes it an extra busy time. TJ is very willing to do all that is asked. With her help, the filing in the office is always up-to-date. She is a quiet steady worker who uses downtime wisely. Due to the confidential nature of this work, only students who are deemed trustworthy are allowed to work in the attendance office. It is a high compliment to her to be approved as an attendance office aide by the administration.” Willis said.

Willis also nominated freshman Alexander Willis.

“Alexander Harris is a ninth-grader in the CHOICE program. He got off to a bit of a rough start with attendance last semester, but has done a great job of turning that around for second semester. I want to honor him for his improved attendance. It can be hard to change habits. I appreciate Alex’s example of making good choices. I’m really proud of (his) success and wish (him) the very best.” Willis said.

Junior Christianne “CJ” Mariano was nominated by Cheri Carson of the World Languages Department. “CJ Mariano is in her third year of Japanese studies. She has always impressed me with her social skills, academic ability and work ethic. She also brings her creative and artistic talents to projects, consistently setting a good example for all. Omedeto gozaimasu, Ayme-san!”

Para-educator Bret Schmiege, who runs the school’s intramurals program, nominated junior Tal Norvell.

“I’ve become acquainted with Tal through the intramurals program this year. Like many students, he enjoys competing in a variety of activities. What sets him apart is outstanding sportsmanship. Unlike most people, it’s not an effort for him to appreciate the competition, win or lose, it just comes naturally. Furthermore, you won’t find a more honest, respectful and helpful student. And, by the way, he has a 4.0 GPA.” Schmeige said.

Each month, faculty and staff nominate students to be recognized for their academic performance, their attitudes, for showing improvement in their behavior and choices, or a number of other traits and actions. These hard-working students help make JDHS a positive environment for learning.


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