At its Nov. 20 Student Recognition lunch, Juneau-Douglas High School honored eight students for their contributions and good deeds to improve their school. Juneau Rotary Club member Virginia Stonkus shared words of wisdom with the honorees, telling them to remember that everything, big or small, that they do will be noticed by someone. Assistant Principal Kristy Germain then 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 shared a lunch provided by the JDHS Parent Group, including chicken fettuccini donated by Douglas Café.
Hilary Young of the Counseling Office nominated junior Ben Scudder.
Young wrote, “Ben is a leader among the group of peer leaders I work with. He makes everyone feel included and accepted by acknowledge their presence and interacting with a cross section of students. Ben provides encouragement to others and leads by example. His healthy competitive nature brings out the best in him and those around.”
Andrea Gordon, Sabrina Meredith, Haley Mertz and Addie Ramonda, all seniors, were nominated by English teacher Tonja Moser for being AVID tutors.
She wrote, “Each of these students has been a valuable addition to our AVID tutoring sessions, bringing higher-level thinking, critical analysis, and supportive peer support in answering tutorial requests. Thank you for being a positive influence, an academic resource, and a fun addition to our AVID classroom. I appreciate you dedicating your time to helping our sophomores learn.”
Math teacher Lexie Razor nominated junior Alexander Harris.
Razor wrote, “I would like to nominate Alexander Harris. He has been doing an excellent job in class and getting As and Bs on all of his assessments in the past month. He has really turned things around and seems to enjoy the class! He is also asking me questions when he is confused and helping his neighbors understand the problems.”
Grant Ainsworth, an junior, was nominated by Vocational Education instructor Andy Bullick.
Of Ainsworth, Bullick wrote, “On Wednesday,Oct. 30, I observed Grant going out of his way to be kind and helpful to a student with special needs. It’s really refreshing to see ‘Blue-chip’ students such as Grant being kind and nice to ALL students. A person’s character is defined by how they treat people who they won’t get anything in return from, and Grant displayed this great character.”
Gaye Willis with the Attendance Office nominated junior Krista Yadao.
Of Yadao, Willis wrote, “Krista Yadao is my aide at the attendance office during second hour this fall. She has been a tremendous help setting up the files and keeping them up-to-date. A polite and respectful student, she is joy to have as an aide. She assists in writing passes for late students, filing, delivering messages, and other duties as assigned. Krista willing does each task I have asked of her. Working in the attendance office involved seeing confidential information. It is a credit to Krista that she was approved by the administration for this assignment. Of special note is the fact that Krista covers the office for a half hour once a week when I have to go for a blood draw. This has been such a help to me and to other office staff to have someone we can trust to sign students in and out, if needed. Krista is an officer on the drill team. She is conscientious about responsibilities. She diligently uses off down time in my office to do homework. I appreciate all Krista does to make the office run smoothly and I enjoy working with her.