Ten Juneau-Douglas High School students received Student Recognition awards for the month of February at a ceremony held last week in the school library.
Cindy Cashen of Mothers Against Drunk Driving - a JDHS alumnus - 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.
February's Student Recognition award recipients are:
Chandra E. Calandra, freshman. Nominated by CHOICE Program staff. Calandra was recognized for being a hard-working, friendly and cooperative student who is always prepared for class and eager to learn.
Kjersten E. Criss, sophomore. Nominated by Matt Cahill and John Anderson, science. Criss received the award for her success in biology class. She has earned the highest scores in the class on assessments.
Adam D. Kelly, sophomore. Nominated by Donna Woodrow, math. Kelly was recognized for being a role model for his peers and for his enthusiasm for knowledge wanting to know the "why" and "how" behind the answers.
Felix C. Lee, senior. Nominated by Jane Knott, study hall. Lee was honored for striving to excel in both personal and academic endeavors, working to the highest of standards.
Ashley F. Maki, freshman. Nominated by Jane Knott, study hall. Maki received the award for her great attitude, for her diligence in her work and for exemplifying the character of a leader.
Jessica R. Moniak, sophomore. Nominated by Gretchen Kriegmont, social studies. Moniak was recognized for giving back to the community, standing up for what she believes in and offering great insight into history class.
Jason C. Rusaw, freshman. Nominated by CHOICE Program staff. Rusaw was honored for having being friendly, smart, cooperative and willing to help, and for having a positive attitude that stands out among his peers.
Mark E. Shilling, junior. Nominated by Mary Soltys, math. Shilling received the award for being a model student - participating in class, doing all his homework - and showing his work - and asking questions when he has them.
Jenifer R. Stevenson, sophomore. Nominated by Janna Lelchuk, world language. Stevenson, a second-year Russian language student - was recognized for her hard work and for being selected as a winner in the National Russian Essay Contest.
Kari T. Urata, senior. Nominated by Shanna Galluzzo, history. Urata received the award for putting in countless hours as a teacher's aide to keep both the cast of the school play and the classroom running smoothly, never leaving at night until everything is complete and organized.