2/14/2013 11:58:00 AM Students recognized for doing a super job
The super students of OHS smile for the camera. Photo by Briana Alzola.
There are awards for athletic achievement and those for academic successes. It is not every day that students get rewarded for improvement, dedication, character and other types of hard work, Othello High School principal Carlos Gonzalez said. The school honored several super students - young people who stood out the most in the first semester of the school year. The school has been honoring these non-traditional achievements for the past three or four years. They hold a couple assemblies a year. At these assemblies, parents are invited, but the students do not know who will win. Different teachers and staff stand up and pick one student to honor. In the near future, the speeches each teacher gave about the students will be available on the OHS website. Gonzalez himself honored Katheryn Ortiz Barahona on behalf of the administration. She works hard, even though English is her second language. She is a shining example for her peers, he said. Some of the kids are working hard for their goals. If Jose E. Mendoza continues on his current path, for example, he will be proud to add the word 'doctor' before his name, Mrs. Taylor, his AVID teacher said. AVID stands for Advanced placement Via Individual Determination. Kody Begay was also honored for his work in the AVID program. For some students, the work they complete does not come easily. Eric Gonzalez was really struggling with his Spanish class and even went so far as to meet with a counselor to see about dropping the class. Instead, he came back to class every day and worked as hard as he could to grasp the language, his teacher Mr. Christensen said. Also in the world language department, Ricardo Maria was honored for his work in French. He always asks questions and thinks before he speaks, a fine quality, Mrs. Spohr said. For those students learning English, Mr. Firth said he has a hard time chosing. So, he goes to the other teachers to see how his students are performing in other classes. The person who most deserved praise this semester was Gustavo Aguila, who is mature, studies hard and always turns in his work on time. Some students are honored for major improvement. When agriculture teacher Mrs. Mason heard about Jonathan Shelby, she heard he was rowdy and distracted. This semester, instead, he's mature, showing a lot of personal growth, participates in FFA and is always ready to help others. Other students are honored for their dedication. Abigail Sindhu has taken eight art classes and has amazing attendance and work ethic, Mr. Lewis said. She was the clear choice for super student, no one else even came close, he said. Also honored at the assembly were Lorena Padilla by the counseling office, Luis Aceves for his work in the business department, Sylvia Rodriguez in English, Tania Castro in English, Elizabeth Serrano in math, Edgar E. Gonzalez in family and consumer sciences, Chuckie Koepke for band, Karinna Rojas for choir, Sarah Valdez for physical education, Ethan Johnston for math, Mariah Reyes for social studies, Sally Gonzalez for the counseling office, Samuel Perez for science, Daniel Arreola-Vargas for science and Moises Lopez Cortez for social studies.