Governing Board Honors WHS Achievers

Washington Achievement Above All Recipients Recognized
Posted on 11/02/2017
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Please enjoy this highlight video from the Achievement Above All event.

November 2017 – Washington High School’s best of the best were honored Nov. 1 during the annual Achievement Above All awards ceremony. Principal Kevin Cashatt introduced the guests of honor.

“The teachers and staff are all committed to ensuring that all kids have every opportunity to be successful,” he said. “They work under the shared values of teamwork, accepting the best, continuous improvement, and solution-oriented in their mindset. Tonight we have an opportunity to celebrate some of the amazing students and staff that continue to make Washington a superior place.”  

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient:

Amanda Humphrey joined the district as a teacher first for Independence High School. She taught English there for six years before joining the Washington staff. At Washington, she continued to teach but also became a mentor for new teachers joining the district.

“I love being a teacher because our students deserve the opportunities an education affords, and helping them grasp those opportunities is why I’m here,” Ms. Humphrey said. “Students succeed with the help of strong, confident educators, and I cherish the opportunity to support colleagues, whether they are beginning their careers and discovering who they are in the classroom, or navigating a new district after years of experiences elsewhere.”

In addition to those roles, Ms. Humphrey has also coached tennis, worked with the Link Crew, and formed the new student group, College Club.

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Achievement Above All Student Recipient:

With the majority of her class schedule including honors and Advanced Placement courses, Student of the Year Alexandra McWatters is in the top 3 percent of her class at Washington with a weighted GPA of 4.55. She added Advanced Placement Literature, Advanced Placement Calculus and Advanced Placement Government to her schedule this year, with intentions to attend a four-year university where she will study business and engineering.

Besides being an excellent student, Ms. McWatters is very involved on campus and in the community.

She is the Co-President of Interact, part of the Youth Arts and Culture Council for the City of Phoenix, part of Link Crew, Swim Team, Dance, National Honor Society, and St. Joseph’s Junior Volunteer Program. She has clocked more than 100 hours in service work through Interact, in addition to being a member of the Interact District Council.

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Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient:

There are more than 220 members in Washington Dance, the Student Group of the Year recipient for 2017-18. The students are sponsored by Kelli Abramovich and Tracey Holberg.

“The dance program continues to grow in its mission of training well-rounded competent dancers that are involved in the community and advocate for the arts,” Mr. Cashatt said.

Leaders not only teach dance techniques and choreography skills, but the history of dance. Throughout the year, students participate in several performances and other special events, as well as at least two community service projects each year.

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Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient:

Washington’s Support Staff Employee of the Year is Kelly Barnes. She joined the Ram family in 2015 and is the athletics secretary.

“Kelly embodies the Washington Spirit and is always willing to give a helping hand,” Mr. Cashatt said.

“Working with kids is my passion and I enjoy attending the different sporting events. I love working with the entire wonderful faculty at Washington, and plan to be here for a long time,” Ms. Barnes said. “I want to earn my Bachelors in Education and someday hope to teach in the district.”

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Achievement Above All Volunteer Recipient:

Cristina and Warren Wilfong had two sons graduate from Washington, but they continue to serve at the school as volunteers with the swim and dive teams.

The Wilfong family actively supports the swimmers by coordinating snack bar activities, recruiting parents for snack bar donations, donating equipment for car washes, participating in timing at different meets, volunteering to coach intermediate swimmers, designing custom team apparel and chaperoning the annual Flagstaff team building trips.

“They do this because it allows them to support the students and staff that may have limited support and giving guidance to those that may need it,” Mr. Cashatt said.

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