JDHS student recognitions

Juneau-Douglas High School students recognized in April are, clockwise from top left, speaker Annette GE Smtih, Chris Jim, Jessica Razpotnik, Erienne Soboleff, Clara Olivares, Cherie Booth and Samanthe Chaffin. Not pictured: Sarah Landen and Matthew Kulm.

Eight students were honored at the student recognition luncheon on April 16 at Juneau-Douglas High School. Students listened to an inspiring speech by local Rotary Club member Annette GE Smith about never giving up and overcoming fears. Each student was then presented with a Student Recognition pin, a letter of acknowledgment and a certificate from Juneau’s legislative delegation. Students, parents and nominating teachers and staff members enjoyed a lunch provided by the JDHS Parent Group.


Sophomore Cherie Booth was nominated by the CHOICE Team

They wrote, “Cherie has undergone a wonderful transformation! Her attendance has turned around in her CHOICE classes - she has no tardies or unexcused absences. Cherie’s attitude has also undergone a transformation. Even when it is hard, she perseveres to figure out math problems, and she advocates for herself. Her CHOICE teachers and teammates congratulate her on her effort!”

Sophomore Samantha Chaffin was nominated by Math Teacher Lexie Razor

She wrote, “Samantha works very hard in class and asks questions when she has them. She works great with all students and makes them feel comfortable when working in a group. Many times she will ask someone to join her group if they are working alone. She is overall a great person!”

Freshman Chris Jim was nominated by the CHOICE Team

They wrote, “Chris is well on his way to great success in high school. Serious about his education, Chris maintains a 3.8 grade-point average and never gives up, working hard to understand all class material. He is particularly gifted at projects involving Mindcraft! In addition, Chris is a respectful student, well-liked by staff and students.”

Freshman Matthew Kulm was nominated by French Teacher Virginie Duverger

She wrote, “Matt is a wonderful French student – his behavior is exemplary and he is trying very hard to maintain a passing grade. His time and effort outside of French are paying off and I am very pleased with Matt’s French progress. A lot still needs to be accomplished before our final exam, but I am confident that Matt will do his best and pass French I with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Keep it up! You are on your way to attain a stepping stone!”

Senior Sarah Landen was nominated by Counseling Intern Hilary Young

She wrote, “Sarah is being nominated for student recognition because of her consistent help with the sources of strength program. Sarah accomplishes tasks in a timely manner. She is level headed and mature. Sarah accepts all peers in the program. She assertively shares her opinions and does not allow peers to persuade her. Sarah embodies every source of strength.”

Sophomore Clara Olivares was nominated by Woodshop and Spec. Ed Teachers Janette Gagnon, Bill Finch, Colin Dukes and Tom Gagnon

They wrote, “Clara has made a significant impact on her woodshop/boat building class. There is a student in the class who has significant disabilities and cannot always participate along with the class. Clara is always looking out for this student, trying to find jobs that he can do and suggesting ways for him to be involved with the class. Clara’s suggestions and mentoring are a huge help to the teachers in the class and make the student feel like a valued classmate on a daily basis. Thank you, Clara, for going above and beyond!”

Senior Jerrica Razpotnik was nominated by Attendance Office Gaye Willis

She wrote, “Jerrica Razpotnik is the attendance office aide during 4th hour. She has been a wonderful help in making deliveries, writing passes, and filing. Jerrica is a polite, hard-working young woman. A quick learner, Jerrica is careful and thorough in completing her assignments. She willing does everything that is requested of her and is a self-starter at doing routine tasks without prompting. It is a high compliment to Jerrica to be approved by the administration to work in the attendance office. Only students deemed trustworthy are allowed in this position. Jerrica’s pleasant, cheerful personality and her strong work ethic will serve her well in the future. I am so grateful for all of her help this year. Thank you, Jerrica, for making the attendance office run more smoothly!”

Yearbook teacher Gary Lehnhart nominated junior Etienne Soboleff

He wrote, “Etienne Soboleff has worked her tail off to finish the yearbook as the deadline looms. She has gone out of her way to help the “rookies”, stays late, and comes in on the weekends and spring break. Her effort has been exceptional. “


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