JDHS recognizes the efforts of 20 students

Posted: Friday, February 08, 2002

Twenty Juneau-Douglas High School students were given Student Recognition awards for the month of January at a ceremony last month at the school library.

State Rep. Beth Kerttula of Juneau was the guest speaker, and presented each student with their award certificate.

The Student Recognition program, in its 12th year, rewards the hard work and effort of students that might not be honored otherwise.

JDHS teachers and staff nominate students for the monthly awards. At the end of the school year, the University of Alaska Southeast awards a scholarship to one of the monthly winners.

January's Student Recognition award recipients are:

• Ilea Belcourt, freshman, nominated by Jane Knott, study hall. Belcourt received the award for consistently being focused and on task, and Knott said she is a delight to have in class.

• Jared B. Burns, senior, nominated by Carol May, math. Burns was recognized for showing great academic improvement in the second quarter. After seeking extra help, he imporved his test scores.

• Zachary J. Campbell, senior, nominated by Donna Woodrow, math. Campbell was honored for his excellent work as a teacher's aide during the past semester. He helped create a class Web page and assisted Woodrow in putting grades and assignments on the Internet.

• Timothy J. Davin, sophomore, and William D. Horton, junior, nominated by Guy and Linda Thibodeau, cross-country running team. Davin and Horton worked the entire seven weeks that the cross country team operated the morning and afternoon fund-raising concession at Mac's Cache, arriving at school by 7 a.m. every morning. During one week Davin and Horton set up food for lunch while the regular worker was away on a family emergency, and they were recruited to be the regular morning set-up crew for second semester. Because of their hard work, cross country made a record amount of money from the fund-raiser.

• Shannon C. Dore, sophomore, nominated by John Anderson and Matt Cahill, science. Dore was recognized for persevering and being successful in biology this year. Anderson and Cahill said they appreciate Dore's willingness to contribute to class discussions and express her opinions on controversial issues relating to current biological research.

• Kristie L. Durand, junior, nominated by Cynthia Shaw, family and consumer science. Durand received recognition for assisting in all aspects of class, from reading the Daily Bulletin to folding towels to shopping for groceries in a pinch, and also serving as a great role model for younger students.

• Adam C. Fleek, junior, nominated by Jane Knott, study hall. Fleek was recognized for conducting himself to the highest of standards and for his diligent work in class.

• Rebecca L. Gaguine and Chris R. Hahnlen, sophomores, nominated by Nancy Seamount, health. Gaguine and Hahnlen stopped to help following a December traffic accident that involved a small child. While assisting in the emergency, both were injured by a sliding vehicle. Seamount nominated them for "representing the true spirit and capabilities of Juneau youth - that of social responsibility and caring."

• Jessica C. Hadfield, senior, nominated by Ken Guiher, music. Hadfield serves as section leader for the trombones, and is also lead player in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. She was recognized for working hard to improve her skills, being conscientious, reliable and energetic and having a great attitude.

• Fathom L. Haffner, junior, nominated by Karen Klein, English. Haffner was honored for being a hard worker and conscientious student who never gives up. Klein said Haffner is a kind, warm, polite and a wonderful student.

• Amy S. Henderson, junior, nominated by Cheri Carson, world language. Henderson was recognized for her exemplary work as an aide in Japanese I during the past semester, using her level 3 Japanese skills to create classroom materials like questions for a "Jeopardy" activity.

• Sarah C. Moore, senior, nominated by Karin Massey and Pam Tippets, principals' office. Moore was recognized for her excellent work as an office aide during the first semester. She has worked on inventories of all the computer equipment and artwork at the high school, is involved in the Video Club and is one of the main forces behind "Bear Tracks," the JDHS news show that airs on Channel 6 on local cable.

• James M. Morin, senior, nominated by Cindy Pastorino, business. Morin received the award for being the top salesperson in the Economics and Entrepreneurship class, selling 54 JDHS carabiner keychains. His effort helped the project, Bear Hook-Ups, achieve a 51 percent return on investment.

• Vernon R. Perry, junior, nominated by Kevin Hamrick and Harriet Wisner, Mac's Cache. Perry was honored for taking on the responsibilities of being an aide for Mac's Cache the past semester. He demonstrated excellent organizational skills, time management and the ability to work independently.

• Greta R. Thibodeau, sophomore, nominated by Arlene Bennett, special education aide. Thibodeau was recognized for helping a special education student in biology, and for being understanding and polite when helping the student keep on task in the classroom.

• Andrea R. Walker, senior, nominated by Cindy Pastorino, business. Walker received the award for being a reliable and dependable teacher's assistant the past semester. She maintained a positive attitude, managed her time well and displayed excellent business etiquette while working.

• Christina K. Wigg, senior, nominated by Kevin Hamrick and Harriet Wisner, Mac's Cache. Wigg was recognized for her work as a student aide to Mac's Cache the past semester, which required her to arrive at school at 7 a.m. each day. She was a loyal and dedicated worker, with an outstanding record of independent performance.

• Leo Winn, junior, nominated by Casady Herding, English. Winn was honored for his academic growth in class over the past semester. "Never have I seen a student transform himself and pursue the fulfillment of the potential within him with the enthusiasm, responsibility and academic focus which Leo Winn exhibits this year in Junior English," Herding wrote.

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