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Rotarians honor student role models

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From page A12 | March 09, 2012 |

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently recognized 14 students at Davis and Da Vinci high schools as February’s Students of the Month.

They are:

Jeffery Bagwell, nominated by practical arts teacher Robert Thayer, who wrote, “Jeffery Bagwell has distinguished himself recently as one of the most improved and most successful ROP Auto Tech students in his class. … This is Jeff’s first year in ROP Auto. Many of his classmates have a year more experience. For the most part, Jeff is able to keep up with the achievements of his more senior classmates. As an example, when assigned to a particularly tricky headlight bulb replacement on a newer VW — not the easiest car to work, on I might add — Jeff never gave up, managed not to break anything and maintained a positive attitude throughout.”

Johann Baptista, nominated by Da Vinci High school teachers, who wrote, “Whether postulating about the formation of the universe, creating a mini feature film about energy conservation, or dazzling audiences with his fabulous presentation skills, Johann is a Da Vinci scholar in the truest sense of the words. Not only is he a great student, but he truly cares about understanding things on a deep level and will stop at nothing to reach this. His intelligent and quirky sense of humor keep every day interesting and everyone on their toes.”

Alexander Borowsky, nominated by foreign language teacher James Curly, who wrote, “Alexander Borowsky has been a student leader in our French 4 class since the first day of school. He approaches our practice activities with positivity and enthusiasm. He has also been willing to collaborate with any and all of his peers, making him an intellectual and inspirational model in the face of language challenges.”

Alex Chapman, nominated by science teacher Linda Husmann, who wrote, “Alex Chapman is a student in my physiology and anatomy class. I have lots of great students, but Alex stands out for me this year because of his obvious enjoyment of the subject matter. Everything he does, he does with enthusiasm — the labs, the dissections — OK, maybe not the homework, but he does it well anyway. He is polite and kind — and not afraid to have fun in class, making class a positive place to be.”

Holly Cooper, nominated by science teacher Ann Moriarty, who wrote, “Holly really is a pleasure to have in my classroom. Her dedication to the subject and all the work it entails is impressive. She is always pleasant, always in a good mood and she is a wonderful addition to the class.”

Carlos Joaquin, nominated by social studies teacher Kevin Williams, who wrote, “I am proud to name Carlos Joaquin … for his work in race and social justice in U.S. history. Carlos came to Davis Senior High School a few months ago, and has really dedicated himself to being the best student he can be. He has become an integral part of his research group — they rely on his experiences and input as part of their project. He has become an organized student. I can often expect to see Carlos in the classroom during lunch completing his assignments. Carlos knows that his current efforts will make him not only a successful student but a productive member of the community.”

* Nathan Leung, nominated by physical education teacher Dan Ariola, who wrote, “Nathan has been a consistent performer this year in physical education. He has improved in all areas of our program. He has excelled in the weight room, on the track, and in all activities that are a part of the program. More importantly, he is an outstanding individual. He is always polite and respectful in class, as well as providing a great role model for his classmates.”

* Michael McTygue, nominated by math teacher Linda Liuzzi, who wrote, “Michael McTygue adds flavor to our trigonometry functions and application class. He brings a positive and humorous note to each and everyone of us daily. Michael is an accomplished math student. He applies himself to the work and is always willing to help others. Bravo, Michael!”

Brooke Palmer, nominated by math teacher Phil Raymond, who wrote, “Brooke Palmer is a student in my algebra 2 class. Every day Brooke arrives in good spirits, displays a solid work ethic, and models for her classmates a curiosity and determination second to none. Her achievement is awesome, her humor contagious and classmates know her as warm, reliable and thoughtful.”
Samuel Ravani, nominated by music teacher Angelo Moreno, who wrote, “Samuel Ravani is a dedicated member of the Davis High School Symphony Orchestra. He takes his position as principal percussionist very seriously and is always disciplined and committed to doing his best. He is very respectful and thoughtful and is a strong team player. It is a joy for me to work with Sam on a daily basis.”

Dontella Stanley, nominated by Learning Center teacher Elizabeth Allen, who wrote, “Dontella Stanley was nominated to recognize her hard work, and for the amount of growth she has shown this year. Dontella is a young lady who works diligently to succeed in her classes. She is often the first one to offer to help others in class when they struggle with assignments, she knows how to make people smile, and she pushes herself to improve. On top of school, she holds down a job, and participates in track.

“Nothing can compare to the look on her face when she got her semester grades and realized that the hard work she put in had been rewarded with an excellent GPA. It is inspiring to see a student care this much, and to make the academic and personal strides that Dontella has made.”

* Emily Talbot, nominated by Da Vinci life science teacher Rebekah Rottenberg, who wrote, “Emily Talbot has recently distinguished herself from her peers by rising above and beyond the base-level expectations of the classroom, and soaring into the world of over-achiever. Emily recently picked up the rare habit of turning in projects early! In her zoology and botany class, not only did Emily guide her group through the production and execution of a stellar podcast about the internationally feared blood fluke, but she submitted the assignment a day ahead of time.

“Emily faced the tough challenge of joining Da Vinci as a junior, when many of her peers had already been faced with a year of Da Vinci-isms, culture building and becoming accustomed to the daily routine of life at a technology school. Emily quickly demonstrated she is a dedicated student, a strong group leader and a really enjoyable person to be around.”

Aurora Tanin, nominated by English teacher Ariel Ray, who wrote, “Aurora Tanin is a kind, hard-working and dedicated student in my English class. She always takes the time to help other students when they are struggling and to be kind to students who may be shy or new to the school. Regardless of the mood of her peers, Aurora always holds herself to a higher standard and behaves with dignity and integrity. Her thoughtful participation in class and maturity make her an excellent role model for her peers.”

Asherah Tuss, nominated by English teacher Helen Spangler, who wrote, “I am pleased to recognize Asherah ‘Stream’ Tuss as Student of the Month. Over the two years I have known Stream, she has consistently gone above and beyond to ensure her academic success. She always turns in top-quality work and spends extra time expanding the topics to connect with the world around her. She is thorough and diligent and asks top quality questions. She helps her classmates, contributes actively in group activities and overall sets an excellent example.”

There are three Rotary Clubs in Davis, which meet at noon Mondays, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 7 a.m. Fridays. Members provide service to their community and internationally. For more information about Rotary, contact Samer Alassaad of the Noon Club at sameraldds@yahoo.com, Steve Boschken of the Evening Club at steve@boschken.com or Dennis Lindsay of the Morning Club at dlindsay@pacbell.net.

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