JDHS recognizes 5 students in February

Juneau-Douglas students recognized in the month of February are, from left, back row, Erin Taboada and Semisi Maake, middle row, Remberto Franco, and front row, Stetson Durand and Phoenix Williams.

Five Juneau-Douglas High School students were recognized Feb. 20 for their successes at school. Tamsen Peeples, a 2007 JDHS graduate who had been a JDHS Student Recognition honoree for hosting a Rotary exchange student from Japan, gave the keynote address. She shared her story of not feeling like her contribution was deserving of such recognition but finding out how much small acts of kindness mattered when she later became a Rotary exchange student in New Zealand. Assistant Principal Paula Casperson then presented each student with a certificate and a special Student Recognition pin. Students and their parents were treated to lunch provided by the JDHS Parent Group.


Freshman Stetson Durand was nominated by staff in the CHOICE Department.

“The CHOICE team would like to nominate Stetson Durand for student recognition. Stetson is a strong young man and has worked hard this first semester. The team sees him as a very respectful and helpful student. He is inquisitive and has shown himself to be a consistent student in physical science. In his math class, he made a dramatic turn-around with his grade and ended the semester with a B-. Congratulations on your hard work!”

Counselor Jamie Neel nominated sophomore Remberto Macias Franco.

“Remberto Macias Franco, otherwise known as Junior, has made remarkable progress. I first met Junior through my interactions with the AVID program. I want to congratulate Junior on his recent rise to success, to include his effective communication with teachers, the mature decisions made regarding his academic future, his efforts on increasing grades, and for being a valuable member of our AVID and ESA programs. Junior, I am extremely proud of you!”

Dixie Weiss with the English Language Learner Department nominated junior Semisi Maake.

“Semisi decided to improve keeping track of school assignments and their due dates in his planner as well as his binder organization according to AVID guidelines. He has raised his grades, has a much happier demeanor, and demonstrates a more responsible work ethic. Semisi, like his three siblings before him, is a pleasure to have in our class!”

Erin Taboada, a freshman, was nominated by Gaye Willis in the Attendance Office.

“Erin, my aide in the attendance office during fourth period, is a freshman. I usually don’t have ninth graders as aides but, due to a family trip, she needed a class with a bit of flexibility. She has done a remarkable job in her short time in my office and has measured up in every way to older students. Erin always comes in and gets right to work. She is very diligent in filing and responsible in delivering passes. She is polite and kind. I appreciate that she is responsible and trustworthy enough that I can leave her to man the office on Friday afternoon while I attend an office staff meeting. I’m impressed with how Erin uses her downtime to study and read. Erin is capable, cheerful and industrious. She is a credit to her family and to the school. I feel lucky to have her as my aide and for this chance to get to know her. Thank you, Erin, for all that you do.”

Barb Kreher, the JDHS Librarian, nominated freshman Phoenix Williams.

“It is my pleasure to recommend Phoenix Williams to be recognized for her outstanding job as a second semester library volunteer. Phoenix comes to volunteer during sixth period after her homework is completed. Even though Phoenix is not receiving course credit for her work, she has dedicated her time to keeping the fiction section in good order. Phoenix has an outstanding work ethic; she pays close attention to directions and details which makes her a valuable asset to the JDHS Library. Phoenix is completing a much needed, first-ever inventory of all our fiction books by locating any books that were not scanned during the first semester.  Besides straightening, dusting and correctly shelving books in the fiction section, she helps shut down and clean the computers at the end of the day, I would like Phoenix to know that her work in the library is very helpful and her positive attitude has made it a delight to have her working with me in the library.”

Congratulations to these five January honorees — the teachers and staff at JDHS are very proud of you!


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