On March 27, a dozen Juneau-Douglas High School students were recognized for their contributions supporting a healthy school climate.
Local attorney and Rotarian Vance Sanders provided congratulatory words and also encouraged students to focus on getting as much education as possible, especially in the areas of helping professions like law, teaching and nursing.
Principal Ryan Alsup then presented each student with a certificate and a special Student Recognition pin. After the awards, students and their parents were treated to lunch provided by the JDHS Parent Group. The following students were honored:
Sophomore Grant Ainsworth was nominated by Andrea Stasyszen of the Math Department.
“Grant is a student who not only excels at mathematics, but also takes time to help others. I really appreciate that Grant is always willing to step up and help in the classroom whether it be putting away calculators, picking up a stray piece of paper, or whatever might be needed. He’s respectful and respected by his peers. All of these personal strengths, in addition to his academic strength of holding an A in honors Algebra 2/Trig, is why I think he is very deserving of this recognition.” Stasyszen wrote.
The attendance office’s Gaye Willis nominated junior Melinda Cummins.
“Melinda Cummins is my aide at the attendance office during sixth period. She has been a great help in doing a variety of tasks, such as writing late passes for students, delivering messages, and filing. Melinda helps prep the office for the next day. During any down time she is diligently working on other assignments. Melinda is also a gifted musician and participated in the production of Annie. She gives service to others. Trustworthy, competent, and friendly, Melinda is an ideal aide. She is polite and respectful of all. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. She’s an asset to the school and a credit to her family. Thank you, Melinda, for all you have done to make the attendance office run smoothly.” Willis wrote.
Senior Madeleina Ellingson-VanSickle was nominated by Carol Shurson and Janette Gagnon.
“Madeleina has been a very supportive classmate to students who have special needs in both Chef and Sewing class. No matter if it is a class where she is a student or the Teacher’s Assistant, Madeleina has not hesitated to invite these students to join her kitchen and she regularly steps in to support them when they are frustrated or upset. Madeleina does this all on her own, especially when she can see that the adults in their room are busy with other students. Her assistance helps students to have a very successful class experience and is greatly appreciated by both Ms. Shurson and Mrs. Gagnon!” Shurson and Gagnon wrote.
Tedi Hadfield in the Teen Health Center nominated Aileen Funk, a senior.
“Aileen Funk has been a really great role model with her community service efforts. She is a kind person in general, always has a smile on her face and is an outstanding student! She deserves recognition for these reasons.” Hadfield wrote.
French teacher Cheri Carson nominated freshman Vanessa Kramer.
“Vanessa Kramer is being recognized today for her outstanding achievement in French 1. Vanessa comes to class daily with a positive, cheerful attitude and demonstrates a genuine interest in learning the language. Her efforts have paid off to the extent that she currently carries a 100% average in French class. When given a task, Vanessa goes the extra distance and produces creative materials to enhance an assignment. Congratulations, Vanessa, it’s a pleasure to share French learning with you!” Carson wrote.
Another freshman, Nicholas Parise, was nominated by swimming instructor Sara Hannan.
“Nick has matured greatly during his freshman year. One of the ways he as demonstrated this is working with his classmate and peers who are differently abled. Nick is “bold” in the water… (Doing flips, diving to the bottom) and competitive! He has encouraged others to take on challenges and try new things. Nick is a trusted and fun “Swim Buddy” in this class.” Hannan wrote.
Senior Chelsea Peterson was nominated by Learning Center teacher Bret Schmiege.
“Chelsea is a straight A senior and star of the volleyball team. She’s very good a math, and has a bright future in both academics and sports at the college level.” Schmiege wrote.
Carin Smolin, the Career Tech Educator, nominated senior Thelea Savlick.
“I would like to nominate Thelea for her commitment to her education and drive to pursue further education in the trades, particularly mechanics through UAS. She has earned endorsements in the Auto Mechanics career pathway for her high school transcript and has completed or in the process of completing several UAS courses including: Intro to Mining and Occupations, diesel mechanics, and refrigeration leading her to the goal of earning an AA degree and a local job with the local mining organizations. She has served as one of the student managers for the hockey team and helps with other student groups in our school. She is a unique role model for other young women in our school and community and I am very proud of her willingness to step up and take these challenges. When I talk with her, she is enthusiastic and excited about her opportunities in a traditionally male dominated field and is always willing to help out with other student programs in our school.” Smolin wrote.
Dixie Weiss, an English Language Learner teacher, nominated three students: senior Heather Hotch, junior Autumn Moore and sophomore Michael Sharclane.
“Heather, Autumn and Michael distinguished themselves during the 2012 ELL (English Language Learner) tests. They diligently followed multistep directions and listening passages without complaint and focused intently on all the reading passages. They are to be commended for their respectful demeanor towards their peers and the tests proctor. Their mature attitude and decorum contributed positively to the assessment experience.” Weiss wrote.
The counseling office staff jointly nominated senior Sam Kurland.
“Sam Kurland has been recognized for his academics through his high school career, however, Sam’s winning personality should also be acknowledged. Sam always has a smile when he greets people, both his peers and staff. He brings with him kindness, courtesy, respect and a manner which puts people at ease. Sam is generous both with his smile and his time and is always willing to work with others to fulfill a goal or to help someone. We in the counseling office want Sam to know how much we appreciate his professional, kind, and respectful demeanor when he comes to visit us. Thanks Sam! We will miss you next year,” they wrote.
Congratulations to all 12 March honorees – the teachers and staff at JDHS are very proud of you!