Greenway Achievement Above All Recipients Honored
Demons Honored at Governing Board Meeting
Posted on 03/02/2017
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March 2017 – Greenway High School’s best of the best were celebrated March 1 at the Achievement Above All ceremony, held prior to the regularly scheduled governing board meeting. The annual event honors a teacher, student, staff member, student group and volunteer who have stood out as excellent examples of service to the school.

Achievement Above All: Teacher

Susan Dodge joined the Glendale Union High School District in 1994 when she was hired to create a new Life Skills program for students with special needs. She served students on all campuses until she was assigned to the Greenway campus. At Greenway, she developed the Social-Emotional Program, which advocated for students with special needs to learn within classrooms and among traditional students.

“Susan advocated that true inclusion means all students – including special needs students – should be an integral part of campus life,” Principal Jon Vreeken said. “Susan is guided by the belief that all students should be fully integrated with the community, and that every person has a vital role to play. Her work with autistic students in our Sensory Integration Program just doesn’t emphasize academics, it involves building vital social skills as our students transition to adulthood – those ‘unwritten rules’ that can’t be taught in a textbook.”

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Achievement Above All: Student

Excellent student, motivating, high energy personality and dedication are just a few ways to describe Student of the Year Mark Mettes.

In addition to a schedule filled with Honors and Advanced Placement courses, Mark is involved in National Honor Society, football, track, LINK Crew, cheer, Unitown and is the Senior Class President and Spirit Committee Leader. He also works for the Herberger Theater, managing their social media accounts.

Greenway Broadcasting Company (GBC) advisor and teacher Eric Johnson had this to say about Mark: “Mark is a master at spinning many plates at one time while making it look easy. People expect so much of him because he instills confidence in those around him that he is up to the challenge, and it’s quite apparent that no one will do as good of a job as he does.”

Mark will study kinesiology after he graduates from Greenway. He is considering attending San Diego State or Stanford University.

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Achievement Above All: Student Group

DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is Greenway’s Student Group of the Year. There are 180 members and the club is sponsored by teacher Travis Kenyon.

The club prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Greenway’s chapter is the largest in the district and is one of the top two medal-winning schools in the state, six years running.

DECA students operate the Demon Den, which serves lunches and snacks during school hours. Students are taught valuable service and management skills, as well as leadership. Members also run a freshmen mentor program to train the next generation of leadership and to grow the program.

Students also built the Crumbs to Crayons program, which melts down old crayons to form new ones. Those crayons are then packaged and distributed to children living in shelters and other temporary living arrangements.

“This is entrepreneurship with a heart, and Greenway DECA is guided by this principle,” Vreeken said.

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Achievement Above All: Support Staff Member

Sonia Cordova graduated from Greenway, along with 11 other members of her extended family. After attending Glendale Community College, where she received an Associates of Arts degree, Ms. Cordova returned to Greenway in the position of instructional assistant for the Special Education program.

She has worn many hats, fulfilling roles as the Title 1 Assistant in English and math classes, credit recovery and summer school.

“Currently, Sonia is the counseling secretary and more often than not, is the first smiling face folks see when they come onto Greenway’s campus to register their sons and daughters,” Vreeken said. “Sonia also helps organize and administer state assessments and other high-stakes tests with efficiency and accuracy.”

Assistant Principal Michelle Frias said, “She has always put her heart and soul into helping Greenway’s community. She excels at every position she’s held on campus, and we’re lucky to have her on our team.”

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Achievement Above All: Volunteer

Susan Weedman is a volunteer trifecta, supporting Greenway as a theater, football and cheer volunteer. She, herself, is a Greenway graduate and her own children attend the school, too.

“Susan has been available to provide any and all kinds of logistical support to these school activities, and has been active in both fundraising and in securing donations. She has been indispensable in arranging meals to keep active theater students, cheerleaders and football players going.”

Having volunteers like Mrs. Weedman on campus and involved with students is a great benefit, Vreeken said.

“Although it’s all about the students, we adults also appreciate all that Susan does,” he said. “Active and involved parents like Susan are the glue that binds students to their school, and the school to the community. We appreciate her help and support.”

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

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