Juneau-Douglas High School’s 2013-14 season of Student Recognitions began Oct. 9, when eight students were honored for their positive attitudes, support of others and efforts to improve the school climate. After sharing some words of wisdom and noting that the Student Recognition Program was found in her 1995 JDHS yearbook, new Assistant Principal Kristy Germain presented each student with a Student Recognition pin, a letter of acknowledgement from Juneau’s legislative delegation and a certificate. The students, their parents, and the teachers who nominated them then enjoyed lunch provided by the JDHS Parent Group.
Senior Caroline “Kallie” Aceveda was nominated by Gaye Willis in the Attendance Office.
“Caroline “Kallie” Aceveda is a student in the Transition Program. She is always kind and friendly when she comes by my office. She makes sure she and her fellow students follow the procedures to sign in and out. This year Kallie obtained some work experience while helping to pull the attendance files for students who did not return and setting up this year’s folders. Working with my office aide, Devon, they were able to do an effective and efficient job of pulling old records, creating new folders, and making sure everything was in alphabetical order. Thank you, Kallie, for your help in getting the files set up,” Willis wrote.
Willis also nominated senior Devon West.
“Devon West is my aide in the attendance office during 6th period. She has been a great help in delivering passes, filing, and preparing the office for the next day. She is a pleasant co-worker, who is willing to do any task I ask of her. It is credit to Devon that she was approved by the administration as one who is trustworthy and can keep a confidence. She took a lead role in pulling files for students who did not return this year and setting up the files for the coming year. Working with Kallie, from the Transitions Program, Devon was a kind and patient mentor in this task. Together they were able to do an effective and efficient job. Thank you, Devon, for your hard work and example of kindness,” Willis wrote.
English teacher Tonja Moser nominated sophomore Eve McDonald.
“Eve has been an enthusiastic, organized T.A. for me. She is on time, hard-working and fun to have around. I’m still not organized, but I’m getting better, thanks to Eve,” Moser wrote.
CHOICE teacher Monica Casipit nominated sophomore Clara Olivares.
“Clara is a good role model with her peers. She has matured and has maintained good grades all semester,” Casipit wrote.
Casipit joined fellow teachers Michele Thompson and April Hoy in nominating junior Knute Phillips.
“Knute has matured and has a great attitude about helping out when needed. He is doing very well in his class. He is always willing to help others. He has been very polite and respectful,” they wrote. Freshman Tyler Osterhout was nominate by Lara Dzinich, Lexie Razor and Barb Bonner in the CHOICE Program.
“Tyler is a freshman in the CHOICE Program and is already off to an amazing start in high school! He is a contentious student and hard worker. His work ethic has paid off as he has been maintaining top grades in all of his classes. Tyler is not only a good student, but also an important part of the community. He always brings a positive attitude to class and is willing to help other when asked. He gets along well with his classmates and is always respectful. We really appreciate his willingness to help with various chores at the SAGA retreat and are very happy to have him in the CHOICE community this year,” they wrote.
Nicholas (Nick) Parise and Scott Thater, both sophomores, were nominated by Special Ed teacher Janette Gagnon.
“Nick and Scott met last school year in swimming class. Scott has Down’s Syndrome, which makes some things in life much more difficult for him. Nick began helping Scott in swimming class, encouraging him to try new things while also helping him to better understand some of the social skills needed to be accepted throughout life. Nick asked me if there was a way that he could continue to work with Scott this year, so we talked about him being a Teacher’s Assistant. He spends one class period of his day working with Scott. They mostly take walks, go to the gym, or just hang out in the commons; but I am regularly hearing Nick give Scott tips on how to behave in various situations. Nick is a great role model for Scott and I can tell that they both look forward to the time together. Scott has shown great social maturity in the last year and I believe is it mostly due to his time spent hanging out with Nick. The natural friendship among these two young men is something you can’t teach, yet you celebrate every time it happens,” Gagnon wrote.