11/14/2013 6:59:00 PM DOHS honors their best at awards assembly
Honored students at Desert Oasis High School, and the teachers who nominated them for awards, pose Oct. 30 after a special assembly to recognize the hard work they have put in at the school. Photo by Briana Alzola.
The kids at Desert Oasis High School aren't too used to flashy presentations and a lot of awards. The school hosted its first ever awards assembly Oct. 30. It's important to give these students positive reinforcement for the work they are putting in, principal Russell Kovalenko said. The school hadn't had any assemblies, so he thought it would be a good idea to introduce them to the school. So, he contacted the teachers and asked them to recognize one student per class for whatever they deserved to be recognized for. For some, it was highest GPA. Others, most improved. Still others were honored for their work ethic or attentiveness in class. There were also awards handed out for good attendance. The students acted a little embarrassed when they were getting their awards, but by the end of the assembly, everyone was grinning, even those students who didn't win this time around. They should challenge themselves to earn an award at the next assembly, Kovalenko said. Sometimes, the students at alternative high schools are afraid to succeed. This gives them some public recognition of success. Then, once they have that, they often strive for more, he said. He's only been the principal for a few months, but it's been enough time to really see some of the students blossom and excel. They will continue to strive forward, even if their award is something as seemingly simple as a piece of paper from their teacher. The school will continue with the awards assemblies. There will be four a year, one at the end of each semester and one at each mid-term. There is a lot of positivity at these assemblies, which is very good for the school environment, Kovalenko said. Everyone who won an award was also treated to a pizza party. Some kids took home multiple awards. Juan Salazar went home with seven awards and Marcelino Valdez took home five. Other award winners included Yaisy Aguilar, Edwin Alvarez, Elsa Arias, Julissa Arias, Tanner Bacca, Jacelyn Bucio, Jubbia Cantu, Analina Chavez, Isavel Collado, Iliaria Conde, Julissa Corona, Sandra Delgado, Deisy Farias, Miguel Garcia, Denise Gara, Jessse Garza, Elise German, Erendira Gonzalez-Luna, Ramiro Guerra, Sandra Hernandez, Ramiro Maldonado, Erayza Montejano, Ersgio Munguia, Edgar Ramirez, Francisco Sanchez, Iridiana Silva, Eric Terriquez, Hortencia Virgen, Dania Virrueta, Austen Welch and Miguel Zuniga.