JDHS student recognitions for November

Back row: Abram Leigh and Adrian Wilson. Middle row: Kathryn Vandor, Michielle Corpuz and Sara Heath. Front Row: Lisa Palmer, Brittney Willson, Linda Palmer and Logan Stein. Not picture: Gina Kim

Juneau-Douglas High School staff recognized 10 students at its latest Student Recognition Lunch, held Tuesday, Nov. 13.


Principal Ryan Alsup provided inspirational words on persevering despite personal adversity to the group, and then individually recognized each student for his or her contribution to making the school a better place. After the ceremony, students and their parents were treated to lunch provided by the JDHS Parent Group.

The following students were recognized in November:

Math teacher Andrea Stasyszen nominated two sophomores, Michielle Corpuz and Adrian Wilson.

Of Corpuz, she said, “Michielle is a hard worker who has maintained a consistent A-plus in Honors Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. She is focused and prepared and that alone would be merit to receive this nomination for student recognition. But Michielle is more than just an honors student, she is also a happy individual who is willing to work with whomever she is seated around and is sought out by classmates for help or to see if they have the same answer to a problem. Michielle does a beautiful job of balancing her studies while fully contributing to the learning environment in the classroom. For these reasons, I nominate Michielle for JDHS Student Recognition.”

In Wilson’s nomination, Stasyszen wrote, “I nominate Adrian for his exceptional performance in Honors Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. Adrian’s schedule is loaded with honors level courses, but he currently has an A in each and every one. Specifically in Honors Algebra, Adrian has earned an A-plus due to his persistence, consistency, and natural talent in the mathematics field. Adrian’s ability to not only understand the concepts, but also to connect them to other topics across curriculum make him an outstanding student. If there was anything that he didn’t immediately get, I saw him in before school, during enrichments, and once got an e-mail from his mom at 11:30 p.m. saying he was still working on his math to ensure his accuracy. Because of his exceptional and consistent scholarship, I think Adrian is well deserving of this JDHS Student Recognition.”

Gaye Willis in the Attendance Office also nominated two students who are both juniors, Sara Heath and Abram Leigh. In her nominations, she wrote these statements: “Sara Heath is my aide in the attendance office during 3rd period. 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. Sara has helped write passes and deliver notes.  She has been especially diligent in filing. She is always asking if there is anything else she can do to help. I am grateful for her willingness to help and go the extra mile. I especially appreciated her willingness to come in during her off period and cover my office while I was out at a medical appointment. I sincerely appreciate all Sara has done to make the office run smoothly.”

“Abram Leigh is my aide in the attendance office during 4th period.  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 Abram to be approved as an attendance office aide by the administration. Abram writes passes, delivers notes, and helps with the filing. I appreciate that Abram takes the time to notice things that need to be done and to use his computer and mechanical skills to help. When he noticed the student computer had been unhooked during the summer, he stepped in and got it running again. He noticed the cord to the power window was getting caught as it closed and created a hook from a paper clip to solve that problem. I have an office staff meeting on Fridays. Abram mans the attendance office during the meeting so I can attend. I’m grateful I can rely on him to handle things for me. He works diligently on other school work when he is not needed. I appreciate all Abram has done to help in the office.” 

Nurse Janell Meade nominated two juniors, Gina Kim and Kathryn Vandor, also. Meade said, “I would like to nominate two very helpful 11th-grade students. Thanks to these young ladies, our school collected enough blood to potentially save 69 lives. Gina Kim greeted students as they entered the clinic, she kept records and maintained a professional atmosphere. Kathryn Vandor insured that donors arrived at the clinic on time, she found them in class and escorted them to the clinic. She was sensitive to donors with special needs and helped them with their paperwork. The Blood Bank of Alaska staff commented on how helpful these students were. Thanks girls, your help is appreciated.”

Freshmen Linda and Lisa Palmer were nominated by the CHOICE team teachers. In their nomination, they wrote, “The CHOICE team would like to recommend Linda and Lisa Palmer for the JDHS Student Recognition program. Both Linda and Lisa have had excellent attendance this year and are maintaining a high GPA. They are focused on doing well in all their classes, are positive and respectful to peers and teachers, participate in activities offered by the CHOICE program, and are always willing to help out a classmate. They are both important additions to the CHOICE community and we are happy to have them in the program!”

The CHOICE team also nominated another ninth-grader, Brittney Willson. They said of Willson, “We would like to recommend Brittney Willson for the JDHS Student Recognition. Brittney has demonstrated very good study habits and including being very organized. Because of the time she dedicates both in class and outside of class, others look to her for guidance and she is always willing to help a peer. Brittney has chosen to sit at the very front of class and come with a great amount of focus and attentiveness to each lesson. Brittney is a focused student and has a positive impact on the CHOICE community!”

Senior Logan Stein was nominated by Bret Schmiege in the Learning Center. Of Stein, Schmeige wrote, “Logan is a student with an active interest in learning, which isn’t that common in high school. His interest doesn’t stem from adult expectations, or concerns about setting ahead in life, it comes from a genuine fascination with the world — especially things scientific. He also has a well developed sense of humor.”

Congratulations to all the November nominees — the staff and teachers at JDHS are very proud of you!


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