Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rotarians honor student role models

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Bailey Levy

From page A5 | November 10, 2013 |

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently honored seven Davis and Da Vinci high school students as Students of the Month for October. They are:

Justin Gee, nominated by physical education teacher Julie Crawford, who wrote, “Justin is always enthusiastic about physical education. He comes to class each day prepared and ready to work hard. Justin is kind-hearted and always super-helpful. He is a pleasure to have in class.”

Armen Hovagimian, nominated by music teacher Tom Slabaugh, who wrote, “Armen has worked tirelessly as a performer and student leader to ensure the bands are ready for their early performances, including the Fourth of July Parade, all of the home football games, the Homecoming Rally and Parade, as well as helping students learn their individual parts in both Jazz Band and Symphonic Band. Always looking to make the band experience more rewarding, Armen utilizes his high level of musicianship and energy to keep students engaged in the game, band and proud to be a Blue Devil!”

Garrison Koeberer, nominated by social studies teacher Fern O’Brien, who wrote, “Garrison is a new sophomore to DHS. He recently moved here from Red Bluff and has done a tremendous job of proactively becoming an integral part of DHS. Moving to a new town and attending a new school is not an easy transition for a teenager. Yet in these first weeks of school, Garrison, who is in my world civ class, has attended Friendship Day, started a new club (the songwriterz club), joined the club of which I am adviser (CSF), and has reached out to teachers and students, whether it be visiting at lunch to clarify an assignment, staying after class to chat about something he heard on the news, or asking how to get involved in a campus activity.

“His comments as a newcomer validate what we all hope we have established at DHS: that our school atmosphere is more like a college campus and teachers listen to and respect students. When I contacted his previous high school to verify his community service contributions related to our club, I learned he was one of the major contributors giving service back to his community.

“It is encouraging and heartwarming to know this young man who wants to be involved, takes the initiative to make it happen, and has an infectious and outgoing personality. He wants to succeed and I am so pleased to have him as a student. Over the next two years, I know I can look forward to watching him blossom, grow and contribute to the positive atmosphere of DHS.”

Bailey Levy, nominated by French teacher James Curley, who wrote, “This is Bailey’s second year as a split site DSIS/DHS French student. Although outside forces sometimes make it difficult for him to attend classes, Bailey has demonstrated great personal responsibility in communicating with teachers and making up each and every assignment. Reliability and resiliency are difficult skills to teach, and yet they are essential in the professional workplace. Bailey deserves this award because, despite life’s difficulties, he takes ownership of his learning and gets every job done, and done well.”

* Ryan Mack, nominated by Da Vinci English/social science teacher Tyler Millsap, who wrote, “It is a pleasure to acknowledge the tremendous growth and maturity that Da Vinci community has seen in Ryan during his junior year. Ryan has made a commitment to put forth his best effort in order to have a successful year, and he does this with an optimistic and cheerful attitude.

“Ryan has a naturally helpful and supportive nature. He is quick to lend a hand to a classmate, especially when it comes to technological needs. In fact, Ryan has served as a student support to our campus IT director, helping ease the burden of her work and support the overall efficiency of technology on campus. Ryan’s willingness to use his talents to support the Da Vinci community is greatly appreciated.”

Jovanni Morales, nominated by librarian Bruce Cummings, who wrote, “Jovanni Morales has distinguished himself as a diligent student, both in the ‘operational’ tasks of the library as well as academic assignments. Jovanni shows initiative and a willingness to seek additional work. He is cooperative and helpful to his fellow class members. He exhibits many of the traits we encourage in students, and so it is nice to be able to point to Jovanni as a model.”

* Shelby Ziccardi, nominated by Da Vinci internship coordinator Susan Kirby, who wrote, “Shelby Ziccardi joined our Da Vinci family as a junior but you would never know. She jumped right in and made an impact from the start. She fit right in to the collaborative spirit of our campus. When I talked to several of her teachers, they used a lot of the same words to describe her —organized, willing to help others, very creative, a problem-solver and willing to ask lots of good questions. They described her as a bright student but very humble and a real pleasure to have in their classrooms.

“Last year, as a junior, she founded, organized and led a successful nonprofit organization for high school students to connect with global communities called The World Spectra Project. As the CEO of this organization, she and her team went to various organizations in the community to seek funding.

“Shelby loves math and has definite plans to pursue a mathematical career in college and beyond. She has taken most all of the high-level math courses offered at DV and DHS and she uses this talent to tutor students, something she’s done the past four years. She currently has seven students she works with on a regular basis. My house is the recipient of this gift as Shelby tutors my high school son on a weekly basis and I see how she has helped him gain more confidence in his math skills.”

There are three Rotary clubs in Davis, which meet at noon Mondays, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 7 a.m. Fridays. Members provide service to their community and internationally. For more information about Rotary, contact Dennis Lindsay of the Sunrise club at, Samer Alassaad of the noon club at or Steve Boschken of the Sunset club at



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