Juneau-Douglas High School honors students' efforts during Wednesday ceremony

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002

Fourteen Juneau-Douglas High School students received Student Recognition awards for the month of March at a ceremony held Wednesday in the school library.

Craig Dahl, CEO of Alaska Pacific Bank and 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.

Student Recognition award recipients for March are:

• Jeanette A. Anderson and Lia C. Carpeneti, seniors. Nominated by Pat Spence and Marie Riley, French.

Anderson and Carpeneti were recognized for representing the country of France at the Girl Scouts' "Thinking Day," with a French caf, greeting and serving girls in the French language. They served as excellent role models promoting hard work and education, and served as good ambassadors for the high school French program.

• Edward A. Clum, senior. Nominated by Carol May and Craig Mapes, math and building construction.

Clum received the award for excelling in geometry this semester with a commitment to doing his best work at all times, and for being a hard-working, dependable, self-starting student in building construction who does quality work and is not afraid to learn new skills.

• Anthony C. Dicostanzo, sophomore. Nominated by John Anderson and Matt Cahill, science.

Dicostanzo was honored for doing exemplary work all year in biology class, serving as a quiet leader and a role model who does his best on all of his work.

• Jillian M. Ferguson, junior. Nominated by Jane Knott, study lab.

Ferguson received the award for demonstrating poise, grace and compassion for others. Ferguson helps others in the class if they are having difficulty with their studies, and Knott said she "brightens the room" when she is in class.

• Alexander L. Gagne-Hawes, junior. Nominated by Pat Spence and Linda Thibodeau, world language and library.

Gagne-Hawes was recognized for donating his free afternoon to work with Thibodeau, teaching her about iMovie, a computer movie editing program, and rescuing some irreplaceable videotape for Spence.

• Peter S. Griffin, senior. Nominated by Ken Guiher, music.

Griffin was honored for his work as string bass player for the Wind Ensemble, electric bass player for both the Jazz Band and Pep Band and playing for the pit orchestra in the spring musical. Griffin is also active with the J-Bird school newspaper and has been selected for All-State music two years in a row.

• Jennifer A. Kern, senior. Nominated by Tom Manning and Shanna Galluzzo, art and spring musical.

Kern was recognized for designing and producing the program for the spring musical, as well as helping set up the high school student art show at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

• Nils D. Kuehl, senior. Nominated by Jane Knott, study lab.

Kuehl, an exchange student, received the award for striving for excellence and setting a good example for his fellow students, all while adjusting to the studies of high school and his new surroundings.

• Megan M. Lindley and Megan J. Lockridge, juniors. Nominated by Karen Klein, English.

Lindley and Lockridge were recognized for being hard-working students who are "excellent examples of the unsung heroes" at JDHS. Klein wrote that while they are unique individuals, Lindley and Lockridge are close friends who work together and encourage one another, pushing themselves to turn in every assignment and learn new material.

• Jessica M. Oliver, senior. Nominated by Jan Neimeyer, art.

Oliver received the award for helping set up the high school student art show at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, as well as for assisting Neimeyer and her fellow students in ceramics class.

• Danielle L. Ryder, junior. Nominated by Diane Chapman, family and consumer science.

Ryder was honored for always having a smile on her face, always being in class and always being dependable when asked to do projects, as well as working hard and encouraging her classmates.

• Michelle J. Vuille, senior. Nominated by Ken Guiher, music.

Vuille was recognized for serving as president of Concert Band and for her work as a student assistant last semester. Guiher wrote that she is dependable and diligent, has a positive attitude and "is just a great student to have around."

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