GHS Students of the Month - December 2015

GHS Students of the Month - December 2015

Pictured left to right:
Aydan Fusco, Ashley Lemke, Katie Hood, Jackie Leon, Jacob Sweet, Josh Mansfield, Ben Bluemond, Evan Tawzer, Will Dorion, Brendan Lochbaum

  • December 2015
    Students of the month
    Josh Mansfield, Grade 12
    Nominated by Barb Huffman
    Josh Mansfield is officially “the man” in my period 7/8 pre-calculus class. Josh earned this
    distinction early in the semester when he questioned the legitimacy of my work on a particular
    day, and he was right! Early in the semester, sometimes students are afraid to question (i.e.
    correct) their teacher, and it takes a certain fortitude of character – as well as confidence in
    oneself to make this choice. I applaud students like Josh who are willing to add their voice to
    the classroom discussion. He strives for understanding, and he has the competitive spirit to do
    as well or better than his peers. All this is done with a ready smile and a willingness to help
    others. Josh is truly a pleasure to have in class.
    Jacob Sweet, Grade 9
    Nominated by Jamie Dunlap
    I am so very proud to name Jacob Sweet as Student of the Month.
    Jacob walked into my Entrepreneurship & Business Communications class in August,
    as one of only 3 freshmen among many upper classmen. I sensed a bit of nervousness
    and tried to make the freshman as comfortable as possible. On day 2, Jacob forgot his
    password and had to be sent to the library for assistance. I could tell he was
    embarrassed and my heart sank for him. While he was gone, I reiterated with the older
    kids that they were to treat the younger students with respect, and when Jacob walked
    back in the class, one of the older kids said “did you get your password reset?” Again,
    my heart sank, as I think he just wanted to come and sit back down without drawing
    attention to himself. But rather than slinking down into his seat, he stood up straight and
    with total confidence, responded “yep, all taken care of, no problem!” The kids laughed
    as Jacob sat down smiling. Ever since then, Jacob has held his own in class, presenting
    on numerous occasions with confidence, humor and enthusiasm. As one senior in the
    class so eloquently stated, “the kid’s got sass!” He is an exceptional young man, who
    regularly goes above and beyond my expectations with his hard work and has been
    such a joy to have in class … I am going to miss him at semesters end.
    Congratulations Jacob!
    Ashley Lemke, Grade 9
    Nominated by Louise Grissinger
    I currently have Ashley in my Ceramics I class and she is one of the most enthusiastic
    and respectful students who have an energetic perception and shows a true love for art.
    Ashley is always well prepared, participates with insightful ideas, has very creative
    projects, always has a smile on her face and is a joy to have in class. I believe Ashley
    will achieve whatever she sets out to accomplish because of her eagerness to learn and
    willingness to work hard. She is always ready to help others and she makes ceramics
    gifts for her friends to show her love and support.
    Ashley’s artistic talents are augmented by her fine character and great sense of humor.
    Truly an outstanding person, I feel fortunate to have Ashley in my Ceramics class and in
    my life. I am pleased to recommend Ashley Lemke as my Student of the Month.
  • Katie Hood, Grade 9
    Nominated by Jason Lesatz
    There are many well deserving students in the science department, but Kathleen Hood
    stands above them all because of her focus, work ethic, and caring attitude. Without fail
    I can count on her to ask good insightful questions that spark conversation in class.
    Katie’s thought provoking questions let me know that she is not only paying attention
    but he is fully engaged in the learning process and wants more than she can find from a
    google search. She is always willing to put aside what she is doing to give a helping
    hand and assist a classmate that may be struggling. Throughout the semester she has
    consistently showed that she is prepared, inquisitive, and helpful; all characteristics of a
    budding scientist, that have captured the positive attention of her classmates. She is
    always the first to volunteer for extra duties, there to lend a helping hand to struggling
    students, and trying to get her classmates to care as much as she does. Her caring
    attitude goes beyond the classroom to other teachers around the building as well as
    other students in the community. For those reasons, as well as many others not
    mentioned, Kathleen Hood is well deserving of the Science Student of the Month.
    Jackie Leon, Grade 10
    Nominated by Becky Montalto
    Jackie Leon has impressed me as a student since I met her at the beginning of this semester,
    and I feel very blessed to have her in two of my classes. First, regardless of the activity, Jackie
    puts forth 100% effort. She is always focused and attentive in class. Jackie may not prefer to
    participate in class discussions as she is very quiet, but I can always tell she is fully engaged.
    Moreover, Jackie is willing to do whatever necessary to be successful in class. She seeks out
    teachers for assistance and even volunteers to stay after school to prepare for upcoming tests.
    Finally, but most importantly, Jackie is a genuinely kind, caring person. She is helpful to her
    peers and polite and respectful to staff. Anytime Jackie receives help from staff, she shows
    sincere gratitude. Jackie is an awesome student and an amazing young lady!
    Aydan Fusco, Grade9
    Nominated by Mary Beth Blair
    I am recognizing Aydan Fusco as the Social Studies Department Student of the Month for
    December 2015. In the few short months of her high school career so far, I have seen Aydan
    blossom as an active, dedicated, compassionate, and intelligent student and young woman. Her
    interest in being an active member of Geneva High School is evidenced in her participation in
    Homecoming Court, GSA, and Model UN, I'm sure among others she will undoubtedly
    participate in throughout her tenure at Geneva High School. Aydan's dedication to her education
    and to her relationships with her peers shows maturity beyond her years and will be a strength
    she will carry throughout her life. The compassion I have observed as we debate current events
    weekly in class demonstrates an understanding of events, ideas, and people is rarely
    encountered, let alone discussed at length, at this young age and she is a role model for her
    peers. Finally, I have no doubt that Aydan will continue to cultivate her intelligence by
    challenging herself as she already has as a Freshman by taking Modern World and English I
    Honors. Aydan, thank you for the pleasure of being my student and congratulations!
    Brendan Lochbaum, Grade 12
    Nominated by Jason Dworak
    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Brendan for the last 2 years. He was a student in my
    junior PE leader class and now as a Senior PE leader. Last year during the junior PE
  • leader class, Brendan had a very frustrating injury that kept him out of participating in
    the class. However, this did not stop him from being a vital person to the class.
    Brendan did without being asked, anything he could to lend a helping hand. This
    included helping to grab and put away any equipment the students needed for their
    lessons, camera and microphone setup, taking attendance and anything else that
    needed attention. At times, it felt like I was team teaching with another teacher.
    Brendan was doing such a nice job. It was because of Brendan that I added senior PE
    leaders as assistants into the junior PE leader curriculum the following year. I am again
    lucky to have Brendan with me this semester in a sophomore Personal Fitness class.
    As a teacher, having a PE leader in class with you can be a vital asset, especially when
    class sizes go above 40 students. Having a great PE leader in class with you makes all
    the difference in the world. I know with confidence, I can be assisting other students in
    class with my back turned and Brendan will be there to keep the class in line. Brendan
    is also one of the easiest students I’ve ever come across to talk to. He generally cares
    how your day is going and was an easy choice for student of the month. I know with
    certainty that whatever goals Brendan sets for himself in the future, he will push himself
    to make sure that his goals are not only met, but done so with passion and
    determination.
    Evan Tawzer, Grade 12
    Nominated by Steve Whitman
    Evan Tawzer is the English Department Student of the Month because of his efforts as a leader
    for the newly-formed student-run news and features website ghsvoyager.com. I have seen
    Evan’s strong skills in his British Lit and Creative Writing classes last year. But this year, as a
    student in our Journalism class and as the publication’s Editor-in-Chief, Evan has shown me a
    new set of wonderful skills that have helped establish a journalism club and publication that the
    GHS community can be proud of. He was integral in writing our Staff Manual that outlines our
    Mission Statement of informing and engaging the community in all of the happenings in and
    around the school. Evan has a noble desire to gather news and report it ethically. He has a
    great style to his writing and to his leadership that have served as a fantastic model for the
    rebirth of a culture of Journalism at GHS.
    Ben Bluemond, Grade 11
    Nominated by the GHS Main Office Staff
    It was an easy decision to nominate Ben for student of the month. In fact, we found it hard to
    believe that Ben has not been nominated before. It is Ben’s leadership skills, kindness toward
    others, his willingness to help and his upbeat attitude that make him worthy of this honor. The
    main office staff always looks forward to seeing Ben because he walks in with a smile on his
    face and a cheerful “good morning”. If everyone had an attitude and a disposition like Ben, this
    world would be a much better place. Ben Bluemond brightens our day.
    Will Dorion, Grade 9
    Nominated by Susannah Hamilton
    I am pleased to nominate Will Dorion as the World Language Student of the Month. Will
    is a student in my Spanish II class. Throughout the semester, I have continuously been
    impressed with his politeness and helpfulness, as well as his conscientiousness. Will is
    the first to hold open the door for someone whose hands are full or to offer to hand out
    papers to the class. During class, if no one is volunteering to answer a question, Will is
  • always one of the first to step up and set an example for the class. When students are
    working with partners or small groups, he is always on task and completing the activity
    to the best of his ability. Will possesses an innate desire to learn for the sake of
    learning, and not just to earn a certain score or grade. When he is unsure or needs
    clarification, he takes the time to ask questions so that he can fully understand a
    concept. I know that he also continuously works to keep improving his language skills
    and to learn from his mistakes. Although his approach is quiet and subtle, Will is truly a
    leader in the classroom. His positive attitude and thoughtful behavior make him a role
    model for his peers. I am confident that Will is going to flourish and grow, both
    academically and as an individual, throughout his high school career. I look forward to
    seeing what he will accomplish



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