JDHS students honored

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2002

Juneau-Douglas High School Student Recognition concluded its 12th year of awards on Tuesday with a ceremony at Egan Library on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

Twenty-four students received Student Recognition awards for the month of May at the ceremony, and past recipients also attended.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, one of those past winners - senior Christina Wigg - received a $1,500 UAS scholarship. Wigg received Student Recognition honors in January for her work as a student aide at Mac's Cache.

The Student Recognition program rewards the hard work and effort of students that might not be honored otherwise. JDHS teachers and staff nominate students for the monthly awards.

Student Recognition award recipients for the month of May are:

• Christine Fagnant, David Liliedahl, Neil Steininger, juniors, and Rosalia Untalasco, senior. Nominated by Frank Coenraad, counseling department and the math department. These four students were recognized for their achievements in math. Their high scores in the 2002 American Mathematics Competition qualified them to take the prestigious American Invitational Mathematics Examination in April.

• Darren D. Austin, junior. Nominated by Barbara Bonner and Pam Northrip, CHOICE program. Austin was honored for his turnaround in school this year, demonstrating exemplary attendance and attitude.

• Bianca Carpeneti, freshman. Nominated by Pat Spence, French. Carpeneti received the award for her excellent showing in world language competitions. She placed first in the state French poetry contest.

• Timothy Davin, sophomore. Nominated by Harriet Wisner, Mac's Cache. Davin was honored for his work as a student aide at Mac's Cache, which requires him to be at school by 7 a.m. each day. He has shown good communication and time-management skills.

• Heidi Denton, junior. Nominated by Carol May, math. Denton was recognized for her work in Advanced Algebra II. Despite being away from school several weeks for skiing events, she always completed assignments on time and maintained As and Bs.

• Taimhyr Ensor-Estes, sophomore. Nominated by Matt Cahill and John Anderson, science. Ensor-Estes was honored for contributing to class discussions with insightful questions.

• Malia Fournier, sophomore. Nominated by Matt Cahill and John Anderson, science. Fournier received the award for her hard work to understand difficult concepts in biology, and for participating in class discussions.

• Cassie Gamez, sophomore. Nominated by Jon Smith and Emma Brown, science. Gamez was recognized for her effort in biology class, including asking great questions during class discussions.

• Fathom Haffner, junior. Nominated by Cynthia Shaw, family and consumer sciences. Haffner received the award for being responsible and reliable in class and helping shop for the foods program groceries.

• William Horton, junior. Nominated by Harriet Wisner, Mac's Cache. Horton was recognized for his work as a student aide at Mac's Cache. The job requires him to be at school by 7 a.m. each day, and he has proven himself to be a responsible and dedicated worker.

• Edward Jacobson, sophomore. Nominated by Kevin Hamrick, business class and Mac's Cache. Jacobson was honored for his work at Mac's Cache during the lunch hour, where he has demonstrated excellent customer service skills.

• Michael Kagee, freshman. Nominated by Ned Clooten, CHOICE program. Kagee was recognized for his academic improvement and for serving as a leader in CHOICE with his work, attitude and behavior.

• Marlon Lumba, senior. Nominated by Jane Knott, study hall. Lumba received the award for serving as a good role model for younger students and for his artistic talents.

• Sonja McLemore, junior. Nominated by Cheri Carson, world language. McLemore was honored for her work in Japanese since freshman year, including participation in Southeast and state world language competitions.

• Michael Mercer, senior. Nominated by Frank Coenraad, counseling department. Mercer has volunteered countless hours with groups including the school district's Indian Studies Program, JDHS Students for Social Responsibility and the Harborview RALLY program. He has served as a positive role model for younger students by serving as a dance group leader.

• Danny Paitl, senior. Nominated by Kevin Hamrick, business class and Mac's Cache. Paitl was honored for his consistent, excellent work ethic.

• Devra Roberts, senior. Nominated by Jane Knott, study hall. Roberts was recognized for her thoughtfulness and focus in class.

• Ashley Stewart, junior. Nominated by Janna Lelchuk, world language. Stewart was honored for her work over three years of Russian classes and her active participation in language festivals.

• Kelsey Sturrock, senior. Nominated by Barb Conant, counseling office. Sturrock received the award for her work as a student aide in the Career Resource Center. She used a lot of imagination and initiative to transform the center into a well-organized, well-used facility, and she helped students who came to the center for assistance.

• Ashley Tomlinson, freshman. Nominated by Chris Wilkens, special education. Tomlinson, who moved to Juneau from Denver this year, was recognized for successfully adjusting to a new town and a new school while enduring the day-to-day struggle of a vision impairment. She was in the spring musical and sings with the choir.

• Matthew Voelckers, junior. Nominated by Jan Neimeyer, art. Voelckers was honored for his work as a teacher's aide in ceramics class this semester, assisting students at the high school as well as elementary school students at the Juneau-Douglas city museum.



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