JDHS honors 11 students

Juneau Douglas High School student recognitions: Back Row: Ryan Hoover and Shane Moller; Middle Row: Victoria (Tori) Ross, Haley Mertz, Juliana Lukshin, Sabrina Meredith and Aaron Abella; Front Row: Manuel Guillen, Eve McDonald and Patrick James.

Eleven students were honored at Juneau-Douglas High School April 17 for their contributions to improving the school climate. Before receiving their recognition pins and certificates, Principal Ryan Alsup praised each of them for their unique contributions and local photographer Mark Kelly spoke about his life path, then encouraged them to support each other and find the good despite personal challenges. Following the awards, students, their parents and nominating teachers enjoyed a celebratory lunch provided by the JDHS Parent Group.


Senior Aaron Abella was nominated by Tedi Hadfield in the Teen Health Center.

“Aaron is a very hardworking, dedicated, kindhearted, reliable student. He strives for excellence in everything he does. He has been an excellent student his entire high school career!” Hadfield wrote.

Counselors Jamie Neel and Barb Conant nominated junior Manuel Guillen.

“With great pleasure we would like to recognize Manuel Guillen for his work as a member of JDHS Sources of Strength student leader team. Manuel was nominated as a peer leader for Sources of Strength, a program intended to spread hope, help and change through peer leadership. During training, Manuel proved to be a charismatic leader by speaking up, sharing thoughts and ideas. We are most impressed by Manuel’s unwavering confidence and strong sense of self. Our school, staff and students thank you for your commitment to Sources of Strength.” Neel and Conant wrote.

Sophomore Ryan Hoover was nominated by Andrea Stasyszen of the Math Department and Kristy Germain of the English Department.

“Ryan is a student who is not afraid to speak up and ask questions and he uses his time as a student wisely both in and out of class. He frequently uses the enrichment time to come in with questions. Since he is involved with many sports and travel, he also shows excellent organization and forward planning to come in to get work that will be missed and consistently applies himself to that work to have ready upon his return. The reason that Ryan has stuck out to us as deserving of this recognition is how well he works with peers and his willingness to always help in the classroom (like put away calculators, rulers, or whatever is needed). We find Ryan to be polite, conscientious, and a dedicated worker.” Stasyszen and Germain wrote.

Stasyszen and Germain also nominated sophomore Shane Mollar.

“Shane is a dedicated student who is extremely polite and conscientious in class. Always willing to help out, Shane is a great student. He has been organized and proactive before missing any days for sports. He has used his time well during enrichments and lunches to come in for the work, and follows through on assignments even amid his busy schedule. We appreciate Shane for his individual organization and his class citizenship.”

Stasyszen, the advisor for National Honor Society, also nominated senior Julianna Lukshin.

“Julianna has served as the National Honor Society president for this school year. Under her leadership, the club has thrived and formed many new partnerships within the community which can be carried forth in the club for years to come. For example, in the fall NHS helped with the Health Fair and, through that event, she partnered with one of the coordinators and NHS hosted a children’s health event in conjunction with the Spring Health Fair. Julianna also has created a partnership with AWARE where the members can go in and provide the much needed babysitting for the adults to participate in group education. She is well liked among her peers and has shown clear leadership and the strong desire to not only provide community service but also to provide that opportunity for many other youth.”

AVID instructor Cindy Pastorino nominated sophomore Patrick James.

“Patrick proves himself to be an excellent student in our AVID class. He is a conscientious learner who willingly applies himself to his education. With quiet determination Patrick focuses on assignments and consistently produces quality work. He works well independently, willingly helps his peers during tutorials, and has marvelous organization skills. Patrick has perfect attendance and punctuality and outstanding etiquette. I appreciate his dedication and value his work ethic. Keep up the great work Patrick, I’m proud to have you in our AVID class!”

Pastorino also nominated freshman Eve McDonald from the Business Department.

“Eve consistently proves herself to be an exemplary student in our Work Readiness class. I wish I could bottle and market her initiative and enthusiasm! I appreciate her contributions to class discussions and the thoughtful consideration she applies to her work. Her work is consistently high quality and she takes pride in a job well done. I value her work ethic, inquisitive mind, and engaging attitude. Eve has a bright future and I’m fortunate to have her in class this semester!”

Dixie Weiss of the English Language Learner Program nominated junior Manuel Eduardo Macias.

“Manuel is returning to our Juneau School District from Mexico and is diligently applying himself to challenging coursework as an 11th grader. His goodwill and sense of humor are appreciated by fellow students in English Language Learner Academic Success class. Manuel is willing to apply himself and keep trying when classwork is difficult. He is investigating a career in Law Enforcement after he graduates from JDHS.”

Science teacher Kari Monagle nominated 11th grader Sabrina Meredith.

“Sabrina has me for two classes, Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology. Sabrina has been very proactive in getting work ahead of her Close Up trip. She started talking to me weeks ago about getting work ahead of time and has been turning work in as she completes it. As a result, she should come back from the trip and have very little additional work to do. Very few students follow through and work so diligently prior to long absences. It has been a pleasure to have Sabrina in class.”

Junior Haley Mertz was nominated by Tonja Moser, advisor to the Student Council.

“Haley has been an amazing junior class officer for student council. She continually follows through on her commitments and works hard to make sure things are done well. Sometimes she has to do the work of three or four people. She never complains and is always willing to go the extra mile. We appreciate you Haley!”

French teacher Cheri Carson nominated sophomore Victoria (Tori) Ross.

“Tori Ross is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to her French 1 class this year. Every day in class Tori is respectful, positive, cheerful and focused. She is helpful and courteous to those around her. In addition, she uses her considerable talent and academic ability to turn in work of the highest quality. You’re off to a great start with your French studies, Tori, and I know you’ll continue to persevere and enjoy the rewards of mastering this beautiful language.”

Congratulations to all 11 students – your school is very proud of you!


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