7 JDHS students recognized

Juneau-Douglas High School honored seven students in the month of may. Back row: Serena Partlow and Luke Sewell, middle row: Ashley Buck, Erika Cruz and Tempest Smith, front row: Bernie Osborne and Cody Dennis.

Seven students were honored at Juneau-Douglas High School on May 15 for their contributions to improving the school climate at JDHS. Before awarding each student with a special Student Recognition pin and a certificate, Principal Ryan Alsup gave a moving keynote address. He spoke about how his experience growing up in difficult surroundings shaped his passion to become an educator and to live drug and alcohol-free. The students and their parents then enjoyed lunch provided by the JDHS Parent Group.


Junior Ashley Buck was nominated by science teacher Kari Monagle.

Of Buck, Monagle said, “Ashley is currently taking both Anatomy and Med Terms and is doing very well in both. She was gone for Close Up but that didn’t impact her grade in a negative way. The classes can be demanding but she has set the curve on a few tests and has excelled with the material.”

Sophomore Erika Cruz was nominated by Cheri Carson of the Language Department.

Carson said, “Erika Cruz is being recognized as the outstanding student in French this month. For the past two years, Erika has been an enthusiastic and highly successful French learner in our program. In addition, she demonstrates admirable character traits: She is always respectful, courteous and helpful to others. Erika is the type of student who asks for French novels to read over the summer so that she can keep her skills sharp and advance her studies. She has also been very effective in advocating for French 3 next year at JDHS. For me, it’s been a real pleasure working with a wonderful student like Erika. Congratulations, Mademoiselle. I know you will achieve your dream of becoming a fluent French speaker!”

Dixie Weiss with the English Language Learner Department Senior Academic Success Class nominated senior Cody Bertram Allen Dennis.

She said of Dennis, “Cody Dennis is to be commended for successfully responding to the challenge, and passing the High School Graduating Qualifying Exam in Writing, given in April. He consistently attended ELL Senior Academic Success Classes as well as Seventh Period tutorials to prepare himself for this exit exam second semester. Congratulations on your High School Diploma, Cody!”

Librarian Barb Kreher nominated senior Bernadette (Bernie) Osborne.

Of Osborne, she wrote, “It is my pleasure to recommend Bernie Osborne to be recognized for her outstanding job as our second semester library intern. Bernie’s enthusiasm and willingness to complete any library task helps support our JDHS library program. With close attention to detail, Bernie processes all of our magazines, getting them ready for library patrons to read or borrow from the library. She has learned the library circulation system and helps by checking books in and out. It’s been delightful getting to know Bernie and I wish her the best as she graduates from JDHS and continues her education at UAS.”

Kreher also nominated junior Serena Partlow.

She wrote, “With pleasure I nominate Serena Partlow to be recognized for her work as a library intern this school year. Serena has supported our library program with great gusto. In September she designed and painted large letters for our library windows. She continued this year to be a team member in our Battle of the Books Program reading and successfully mastered the steps to create many READ posters for our JDHS students and staff using Photoshop software. Just last week Serena helped to finish painting storage boxes for our literature sets. I want Serena to know I appreciate her help in the library very much and look forward to her help again next year!”

Sophomore Luke Sewell was nominated by Jonathan Smith of the Science Department.

Smith wrote, “I have known Luke for two years now, and in that time he has grown to be a stellar science student. As my TA, Luke is my “right-hand man.” He is hard working, intelligent, and highly motivated. He is a TA superstar! As a student he has matured greatly and can always be counted on to be interested and engaged in whatever we are doing in class. Luke deserves this recognition in every way.”

Karen Boddy submitted a nomination for senior Tempest Smith for the Counseling Department.

In it, she said, “We the JDHS Counseling Office would like to acknowledge how much Tempest has grown to be an integral part of our department. She is a bright spot in our day. Her maturity and sown to earth manner can be elide and depended upon. Her corny one-liners on our Counseling Board keep us, students and staff in smiles all week. Tempest, you are a great, strong young adult. Never give up on your dreams and goals.”

Since this was his last Student Recognition Lunch, the JDHS Parent Group wished Principal Alsup well in his new position in Colorado. He will be missed.


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