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Junior highs honor outstanding ninth-graders

By From page A4 | June 12, 2014

The four junior high school programs in the Davis school district recognized outstanding students this week with year-end awards.

Emerson Junior High:

Outstanding Athlete: This award is given to students who show all around athletic ability, good sportsmanship and team spirit. Winners: Abigail Fisk, Jesus Jimenez

Chris Garrett Mathematics Award: Garrett was both an Emerson and Da Vinci teacher for several years. He was a friendly, outgoing, humorous soul who loved kids and loved math. He had a unique way of relating with people. Garrett was diagnosed with brain cancer and died in 2011; this memorial award is presented to ninth-graders. Winners: Anna Riesenberg, Ionatán Soule

Ilana Edwie Davis Award: The Ilana Edwie Davis Human Relations Award was initiated in 1994 by the Student Human Relations Council. The award was named for Davis, who was instrumental in creating the Davis/Uman Sister City Project, and honors ninth-grade students who have helped create bridges of communication and understanding between people. Winners: Kailey Smith, Mary Lovely

Del Bryant Memorial Student Award: Bryant was a longtime junior high school science teacher in the Davis schools and was a friend and a mentor to his students and colleagues. This memorial award is given to a student who has demonstrated friendliness, helpfulness, a sense of humor and a positive response to the efforts of the school — qualities Bryant inspired in his students. Winners: Abigail Sutcliffe, Eton Tuttle

Emerson Junior High School Eagle Award: This award is given to students who exhibit significant instructional achievement and have strong community/school relations. Winners: Anika Kingsley, Jonathan Lovely

Da Vinci Charter Academy

Work Ethic: Being successful does not only pertain to academic or financial achievement. The most successful individuals are those who also purposely contribute to their community and conscientiously do what they know is right, even when it is not the easiest choice. Winners: Riley Currey, Olivia Rix

Collaboration: Today’s classrooms and workplaces require that you be able to work as part of a team. Students must be able to work cooperatively with people of different ages and cultural backgrounds. When working with others, it is important to understand how to resolve conflicts, negotiate, share responsibilities, accept supervision and assume leadership roles. Winners: Samantha Belafsky, Emma Ford

Oral Communication: Oral communication skills are useful in school and are of particular importance when entering and advancing in a career. In an interview and on the job, you will need to present information and ideas effectively. Winners: Elaina Hupe, Amy Liao

Written Communication: Strong written communication skills are important in school and in most jobs. You must be able to read and write effectively. Effective writing means that you can organize information, clearly present your own ideas, write with your audience in mind and use correct grammar and spelling. Winners: Simon Ford, Klara Sylvestre

Critical Thinking: There are many ways to solve a problem. Good thinking and problem-solving skills will help you contribute to solutions on the job. Employers and colleges will expect you to be able to think analytically and creatively, use logical reasoning and interpret information. Winners: Peter Carlip, Ryan Johnson

Curricular Literacy: The state of California and Da Vinci Charter Academy have identified key knowledge that students should learn. Academic coursework is designed to provide the educational foundations that will foster informed perspectives and a level of cultural literacy sufficient for success beyond high school. Winners: Jessica Yeung, Evan Wilson

Pledge Award: This student embodies all of the Da Vinci Charter Academy values: respect, professionalism, high expectations, collaboration, community, integrity, resolution, inquiry and student-centeredness. Winner: Jocelyn Cavins

Harper Junior High

Outstanding Athlete Award: This award, nicknamed “Top Dog,” is given to one male and one female student selected by the physical education department. The criteria include daily participation and effort in physical education; improvement in athletic ability over this year and previous years; and overall athletic ability as demonstrated in regular PE classes, intramurals or school sports. Winners: Alyssa Lengtat, Tucker Fisk

Rotary Club Awards: Presented to one male and one female student, the criteria include outstanding scholarship as judged by GPA, outstanding citizenship including class participation and contributions in and out of class and outstanding leadership (taking initiative, consistently doing the right thing and encouraging others to do the same). Winners: Sofia Castiglioni, Garrett Dawson

Harper Husky Awards: These are given to one male and one female student, selected by the school staff, for demonstrated excellent character. Winners: Ipek Midillioglu, Liam Condon

Harper Heart Awards: These are presented to one male and one female student, selected by the ninth-grade class, based on kindness, helpfulness and the positive, respectful treatment of others. Winners: Alexis “Lexie” Vitangcol, Miles Herget

Holmes Junior High

Del Bryant Award: Bryant was a longtime junior high school science teacher in the Davis schools and was a friend and a mentor to his students and colleagues. This memorial award is given to a student who has demonstrated friendliness, helpfulness, a sense of humor and a positive response to the efforts of the Holmes community — qualities Bryant inspired in his students and encouraged among his peers. Winners: Berin Selimotic, Hope Chastain

Rotary Awards: Each year the Holmes Junior School staff selects two students to be recipients of prestigious Rotary Club Award, which is given to students on the basis of excellence in leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Winners: Arzoo Manandhar, Jeanne Kim

Holmes Hero Award: The Holmes Hero Award was established in 2007 to honor one or two ninth-grade students who have had a subtle but significant positive influence on the Holmes community during their time there. A Holmes Hero does all he or she can as often as possible to make others’ lives easier. The Hero leads quietly by example, and has made hard choices to overcome obstacles during his or her journey of growth and transformation. Winners: Jenny Reyes, Luis Ramos-Coronado, Chris Paige

Jeff Hudson

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