Apollo Honored at Achievement Above All
Apollo Achievers Honored at Governing Board Meeting
Posted on 01/23/2017
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January 2017 – Apollo High School representatives kicked off the first Achievement Above All ceremony for 2017 on January 18. The annual event honors a teacher, student, staff member, student group and volunteer for their exemplary service to the Apollo community.

Achievement Above All: Teacher

Rudy Aguilar is a Drafting and Design teacher at Apollo High School. He has also led students in Math and Introduction to Technology. He has coached Chess, Girls Soccer and Tennis and is currently the coach for Girls Badminton and Boys Tennis. He is a member and representative of the Hispanic Caucus and works on issues at a state and national level. Most recently, Mr. Aguilar was selected to present a project at the International Technology and Engineering Education Association’s annual professional development conference. The project integrates drafting, software, mathematics and engineering principles that may easily be used in grades 7-12 and will benefit many students and instructors.

“Rudy is always concerned with the well-being of others, whether that be students, faculty, support staff or family and friends,” said Amanda Shively, director of the Career & Technology Education programs at GUHSD.

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Achievement Above All: Student

Lately, senior Jacob “Dre” Marin has been capturing the attention of local and state newspapers because of his talents on the basketball court. He averages 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals per game. He quickly earned a spot on the Varsity Basketball team as a freshmen and has been a member of the First Team All-District, First Team All-Section, Second Team All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention.

But his academics, hardworking nature and go-getter attitude have long been his strongest attributes. He had three Division 1 college offers to play basketball and decided to attend University of Southern Utah, where he plans to study business. He holds a 4.0 grade point average and strives hard to excel academically.

“He makes class so pleasant because he tries to find enjoyment in every lesson,” said his English teacher, Karen Biesbrouck. “He is the ideal student and an inspiring young man.”

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Achievement Above All: Support Staff Member

Anna Kron has been an Apollo Hawk for 16 years now, assisting students and adults in English Language Learning skills.

“She works diligently to keep us in compliance with all the legal paperwork and tracking of students, but more importantly, Anna has the ability to connect with her students and build positive relationships that truly make a difference in their lives,” Principal Brooke Parsons said.

“Anna loves the immigrant students she works with, and she finds great joy and fulfillment in supporting them and watching them succeed. She has dedicated her professional life to helping new immigrants get on the path to a bright future in the United States,” said Kim Means, GUHSD ELL coordinator.

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Achievement Above All: Student Group

The Apollo Culinary Club was named this year’s Achievement Above All Student Group of the Year. There are 37 members in the club, which is sponsored by Chef Frank Coloma. The Culinary Arts group has been asked to serve functions big and small, including school and district events and community functions, too.

Principal Parsons said the club’s members expressed that the club teaches more than culinary skills; students are learning qualities of leadership, teamwork and ownership.

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Achievement Above All: Volunteer

The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Holland Woods, who assists the boys basketball team with coach Jake Marin.

Mr. Woods has a heart of gold for all kids to be successful and he understands the importance of education and extracurricular activities for all students, Principal Parsons said.

Coach Marin said the basketball program at Apollo has greatly benefited from Mr. Woods help.

“It was Mr. Woods’ persistence, motivation and unique approach that allowed these athletes to grow, not just on the court, but in life,” he said. “The Apollo community appreciates your hard work with our students and your no-play attitude when soliciting donations from community businesses; furthermore, we are truly blessed by your commitment.”

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Thank you and congratulations to each of the Achievement Above All recipients. We are grateful for your contributions to Apollo High School and the Glendale Union High School District community.

Please enjoy this highlight video from the Achievement Above All event.