Greenway Achievement Above All Recipients Recognized

Greenway Demons Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony
Posted on 02/08/2018
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Please enjoy this highlight video from the Achievement Above All event.

February 2018 – It was a celebration Wednesday evening as Greenway’s top teacher, student, support staff member, student group and volunteer were recognized as outstanding contributions to the Demon community.

“Each one of the individuals here tonight embody the passion and dedication that make Greenway the outstanding place that is, and worthy of the phrase, Excellence Runs Green and Gold’,” Principal Jon Vreeken said.

The Achievement Above All ceremony was held at the regular Governing Board Meeting on February 7.

Achievement Above All: Teacher

Lyn Cannaday joined the Greenway staff about 20 years ago. She teaches freshmen and junior Honors English and Advanced Placement Language. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher.

Other duties include advising the Speech and Debate Club, Writing Club, Gamers Club and teaching PSAT and SAT prep courses. She has collaborated with Scholastic as a curriculum coordinator, consulting with the State of Arizona to help influence English curriculum.

“More recently, Lyn has worked closely with her colleagues on campus to do the important foundational work in strengthening Greenway’s Honors and AP programs,” Vreeken said.

Ms. Cannaday said her work at Greenway is a collaborative effort and receiving the award is an achievement she celebrates with all.

“My success comes from my hard work, but it is also the direct result of my colleagues,” she said. “So I don’t see my achievement as above all. I see it as a function of all the dedicated and talented staff I have the honor of working with.”

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Achievement Above All: Student

Michelle Ailport is a “rock solid” Greenway student, Vreeken said of the senior.

“As a student, she has challenged herself by taking both Honors and Advanced Placement courses, and has made it her mission to be the first member of her family to attend university,” he said.

She is president of the National Honor Society, where she was at the helm of creating an after-school tutoring program, launched an NHS website and increased the number of member volunteer hours. She serves as an English peer tutor and as a teacher’s assistant in Greenway’s German program.

As a member of SPOT 127’s Youth Media Center, Ms. Ailport has earned three Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy Student Production Awards and is a finalist in the Kindervision Greatest Save Public Service Announcement Competition. She has twice been accepted into the high school journalism program at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is also an integral part of Greenway’s theater department.

“What sets Michelle apart is her commitment to the greater Greenway High School community,” Vreeken said. “As you can see, she always puts service above self. I am confident Michelle will excel at any endeavor she chooses, and I am proud to say she has always represented Greenway High School with grace and dignity.”

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Achievement Above All: Student Group

The Student Group of the Year was awarded to ReDodge Recycle, sponsored by Kent Renard and Susan Dodge.

At about 30 club members, ReDodge Recycle is Greenway’s frontline organization working to reduce the campus’ environmental footprint and seek to reduce waste and promote recycling on campus. It also seeks to encourage work-related activities to support transition goals for special education students. Some of the transition skills the recycling program has helped develop include responsibility, endurance, problem-solving, professionalism, accountability, follow through and leadership.

ReDodge Recycle organizes and executes the weekly collection of recycling bins across the entire Greenway campus, keeping items that can be reused and repurposed out of our landfills. They also help the cafeteria staff break down boxes and packaging that would normally be thrown away.

ReDodge has existed on campus for 11 years.

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Achievement Above All: Support Staff

Melissa Huibsch was named the 2017-18 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Greenway. Her current role as the Compliance and Transition Service Specialist (CTSS) requires her to work with families with students in the school’s Special Education program.

“As you can imagine, this is important work, as every student is an individual with specific needs,” Vreeken said. “Melissa helps coordinate it all and bring it all together, much like the conductor of an orchestra. Her keen eye, listening skills, and attention to detail ensure that students and their families get what they need to be successful.”

“I would like to recognize Dr. Rachelle Beard, Susan Dodge and the rest of the Special Education Department at Greenway High School who work diligently to provide our students with the best education they possibly can,” Ms. Huibsch said. “With their support, I will continue to hone my skills and be a positive influence on our students and faculty.”

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Achievement Above All: Volunteer

Although the school’s volunteer of the year recipient is a mother to six, a full-time psychology student at ASU and serves on the research team for the Visualizing Immigrant Phoenix project, she still finds time to make a big impact on the Demon campus.

Nina Rocket is the Parent Action Club president, a group that focuses on raising money for scholarships, hosting staff appreciation breakfasts and providing financial assistance to campus clubs and activities that express a need.

“Community is an important part of life, and volunteering makes me feel like I have a place in the community,” Ms. Rocket said. “Seeing how volunteer work befits others is very rewarding. What we do, and what brings all of us together here tonight, is our support for children as they transition into adulthood. We live in an individualistic society, but I adhere to the old proverb that it takes a village to raise a child; so I would like to thank all of you for your work in the tribe of education that supports our future village.”

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