Independence High School Recognizes Achievement Above All Recipients

Special Ceremony Recognizes IHS Teacher, Student, Support Staff, Student Group and Volunteer
September 2012- The GUHSD Governing Board and Independence High School Principal, Rob Ambrose, recognized four special people and one special student group at the annual Achievement Above All event on Wednesday. The ceremony recognizes a teacher, student, support staff member, student group and volunteer at each high school throughout the year, for their commitment and accomplishments.
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Jodie Donner was recognized as Independence High School’s Achievement Above All Teacher. Donner is the Media Center Director for Independence. “She has a wonderful sense of humor and is very active in promoting positive feelings and school spirit for Independence High School,” says Principal Rob Ambrose. Donner and other colleagues have organized a system to recognize fellow employees for doing good deeds. Donner has also created a message center for Independence, so students can see upcoming events and achievements from their fellow students throughout the school year. “She is a resource for me on a regular basis and I cannot express how much I value her input,” says Principal Rob Ambrose.
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Bethany Hasse was recognized as Independence High School’s Achievement Above All Student. Hasse’s accomplishments include, being on the Honor Roll for the past 3 years, being a part of Principal’s Pass and being Student of the Month in January 2012. Hasse has a love for AP Biology and has set a goal for herself to become valedictorian. “I would say she is experiencing high school to its fullest and Independence High School is fortunate to have her with us,” says Principal Rob Ambrose.

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Easter “Dani” Preston was recognized as Independence High School’s Achievement Above All Support Staff Member. Preston has worked in GUHSD for 16 years. She started out as an equipment manager at Washington High School, and then transferred to Independence, where she has remained for 13 years. Principal Rob Ambrose says Preston always meets her tasks head on and does it with a great attitude. “She always has a big smile and a wonderful attitude toward everyone she meets. People love working with Dani because she is resourceful and she takes pride in everything she does,” says Ambrose.
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The Patriot Glory, led by Lisa Cass, was recognized as Independence High School’s Achievement Above All Student Group. The students are in charge of making a professional newspaper for Independence High School. Cass also ensures her students are involved in community service projects and are always promoting Independence High School in a positive light. “These young men and women make a positive difference at Independence High School and I am extremely proud to present them as Achievement Above All recipients,” says Principal Rob Ambrose. 
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Meaghan Fuentes was recognized as Independence High School’s Achievement Above All Volunteer. Fuentes is the president of the Independence Booster Club. Fuentes has also been instrumental in helping raise scholarship funds for the Booster Club. Currently, she is helping the IHS Junior Class fundraise for prom. “Meaghan is passionate about increasing school spirit and she is determined to make sure kids have a good experience when they participate in activities as the school. I am certainly thankful that Meaghan has given so much of her time and energy to our school. Kids have experienced a better environment because she chose to help us,” says Principal Rob Ambrose.