Outstanding students recognized at JDHS

This photo shows, in the back, Jerry Don Hudson and Eleanor Lynch, middle Riley Cummins and Phoenix Williams, and in front Eli Kesten-Brackett, TJ Garcia and Nancy Ramirez. Not pictured are Ben Scudder and Julian Minne.

On Oct. 17, Juneau-Douglas High School staff recognized nine students at its monthly Student Recognition Lunch. The purpose of the lunch is to acknowledge students who were nominated by their teachers for significant actions that contributed to improving the school climate. At this event, Principal Ryan Alsup provided inspirational words on how an individual’s past doesn’t have to affect his or her future, and then specially acknowledged each student, who received a letter of commendation from the Juneau legislative delegation. After the ceremony, students and their parents were treated to lunch, this month featuring chicken fettuccine donated by the Douglas Cafe.


Junior Riley Cummins was nominated by Pam Tippets in the JDHS Main Office.

“Due to budget cuts, the JDHS custodian’s shift does not begin until 10 a.m.; consequently we have no one to raise the flags each morning. Riley volunteered for this task. Each morning Riley comes to the office to pick up the flags. He always has a smile on his face rain, wind or shine. The act is a great service to our JDHS family.” wrote Tippets.

 Librarian Barb Kreher nominated senior Tianna-Jae Garcia.

“ It is my pleasure to nominate Tianna-Jae to be recognized for her outstanding job as a first semester JDHS library intern. As a senior here at Juneau-Douglas High School, she provides our library with much needed support. TJ is an efficient, organized and well-mannered student intern. She pays close attention to details, asks for clarification if needed and she knows how to use her time wisely. So far this semester, TJ has helped check out and store hundreds of textbooks and has processed at least 100 copies of literature books. TJ is currently creating brand new shelf labels for the non-fiction section of our library, which is a project I would never have time to complete. Thank you, TJ, I appreciate your willingness to tackle any library task you are assigned. As you graduate next June I am confident you will be successful in any path you choose to follow.” wrote Kreher.

Another senior, Eli Kesten-Brackett, was nominated by Terri Calvin in the Career Center, with help from Mrs. Jordan.

“I would like to nominate Eli Kesten-Brackett for the JDHS student of the month recognition. Eli has been busy working diligently on his post high school plans in the career center.  Eli is always polite and respectful when working in the career center. Eli is taking three classes from Mrs. Jordan this year;  Mrs. Jordan said “Eli rocks, he helps keep the class moving in a positive direction and he is a pleasure to have in class.” Eli has a way of brightening all of our days when we see him in class or at the career center. Thank you, Eli, for being part of the students that use the career center and making our school a brighter place to be.” wrote Calvin.

Dixie Weiss with the English Language Learning department singled out senior grader Nancy Ramirez.

“Nancy Ramirez is a role model of preparedness and focus on assignment completion. She always has homework and due dates entered in her personal planner. Nancy will sign up to work on projects before classes as well as during Enrichment periods. She exhibits good work habits in the Learning Center and ELL Academic Success class. She is a valued employee in her after-school job, always well-groomed, with a lovely smile and a positive attitude.” Weiss wrote.

Junior Julian Minne was nominated by Social Studies teacher Gary Lehnhart.

“Julian Minne has been a huge addition in class. He has been a good role model, thorough, competent and most of all appreciated by me and his peers. He has been a difference maker. What’s even more impressive is that he didn’t have to do this, is not required to take this class. He has definitely earned my respect.” wrote Lehnhart.

Gaye Willis in the Attendance Office chose sophomore Benjamin Scudder.

“Ben Scudder is my aide at the attendance office during first period, the busiest time of my day.  He has been an invaluable asset in writing passes to late students and making deliveries for me and for the Teen Heath Center. I have been especially impressed with how kind and encouraging he is to other students as he writes late passes. He will wish them a good day with sincerity and kindness. Due to the confidential nature of the attendance office, only students who are considered trustworthy are allowed to serve here.  Ben understands how to keep a confidence. He is capable and willing to work. I appreciate all Ben does to make my day get off on the right foot. He is a credit to his family and an asset to the school.” Willis wrote.

English teacher Kristy Germain nominated three students this month, each for unique reasons.

Jerry Donn “JD” Hudson, a junior, was selected by Germain for his spirit.

“JD Hudson moved to Juneau last year from Idaho. JD took on JDHS pride right away!  He was recognized in the Juneau Empire during his wrestling season as “JD” on the “JDHS” team. JD is being recognized this month because he shows as much pride in himself academically as he does athletically with his JDHS teams. He willingly gave up enrichment time to practice and review for an important test.  His positive attitude is very much appreciated!” Germain wrote.

She also nominated two freshmen, Eleanor “Nora” Lynch and Phoenix Williams.

“Nora is a freshman student who is enrolled in the Honors level Sophomore English class. Nora is a wonderful writer and an avid reader. She recognized early in the year that she had already read the freshmen reading list. Rather than allowing herself to coast through the class, she sought a greater challenge. Nora is doing wonderfully well in the sophomore level course. She contributes to discussion with thoughtful and thought-provoking comments that increase the collective experience of the class.” wrote Germain.

“Phoenix is off to a great start as a freshman student at JDHS.  She is maintaining her academic responsibilities while participating with the JDHS Swim and Dive team. Phoenix is already demonstrating consistent organization as she is prepared for each class. I first met Phoenix on the Freshmen First Day during the BBQ lunch. She was friendly and eager to start the school year. I was especially impressed with Phoenix’s self-advocacy as she recognized her need for use of a computer for the school year. Her polite manner and follow-through paid off.”

Congratulations to all these students — you make the staff and teachers at JDHS very proud!


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