Apollo High School Recognizes Achievement Above All Recipients

Special Ceremony Recognizes AHS Teacher, Student, Support Staff Member, Student Group, and Volunteer
March 2013- The GUHSD Governing Board and Apollo High School Principal, Allison Mattingly, recently recognized Apollo High School's Achievement Above All recipients. Each school's event highlights the accomplishments and commitments of one teacher, student, support staff member, student group, and volunteer.

Melissa Wood was recognized as Apollo High School's Achievement Above All teacher recipient. Wood grew up overseas, which influenced her love of travel. Wood has taught at Apollo for the past nine years. She has taught many levels of ELL and Language Arts. Wood also serves as the Literacy Coach for Apollo and has done so for that past three years. "She makes such a difference for our staff and students and we are privileged to work with someone who is so genuinely devoted to excellence in everything she does," said AHS Principal, Allison Mattingly.

Breanna Aker was recognized as Apollo High School's Achievement Above All student recipient. Aker is a top student at Apollo and also a stand-out athlete. She has played on the Varsity Basketball and Softball teams. Aker is very involved in her Media Productions class and spends hour creating video announcement for the school. She plans to attend Western New Mexico University and hopes to walk on to the softball team there. Aker was to major in Occupational Therapy. "While all of this speaks volumes about Bree, it does not speak to the hart of what makes Bree an exceptional person. In order to do that, we have to talk about how respectful, kind, and caring she is to everyone around her. We are very proud to have her as an Apollo Hawk," said AHS Principal, Allison Mattingly. 

Peter Rolfs was recognized as Apollo High School's Achievement Above All support staff recipient. Rolfs has taught at Apollo for three years and currently serves as the computer tech assistant. Rolfs has a love of technology and traveling. "Peter has such a vast array of knowledge, an unwavering willingness to help and an extremely high level of patience with those of us who are technologically challenged. There is not a single person on our campus who Peter has not rescued at least once," said AHS Principal, Allison Mattingly. 

Apollo Young Life was recognized as Apollo High School's student group recipient. The Young Life chapter has more than 50 members, who meet weekly and also go to camp twice a year. Through these experiences, student gain communication skills, build confidence, and develop relationship building skills. During their weekly meetings, students can be a part of skits, group games, singing and more. "We encourage all of our Apollo students to get involved and for many of them, they find their niche with our Young Life program," said AHS Principal, Allison Mattingly.

Aileen Carter was recognized as Apollo High School's Achievement Above All volunteer recipient. Carter has volunteered for Apollo through being a part of the Booster Club, Site Council and helping the girl's basketball program. Her daughter is currently a junior at Apollo. Carter says volunteering is important to her because it is so rewarding. "We are very grateful for all she does for all these programs. Through the years, I have watched her share her time, energy, and positive personality with our faculty, students, and community members," said AHS Principal, Allison Mattingly.