Glendale Cardinals Recognized at Awards Ceremony

GUHSD Governing Board Honors Glendale Cardinals for Outstanding Accomplishments
Posted on 01/17/2019
This is the image for the news article titled GUHSD Governing Board Honors Glendale Cardinals for Outstanding AccomplishmentsJanuary 2019 – The annual Achievement Above All ceremony celebrates one teacher, student, student group, support staff member and volunteer from each high school who exhibit leadership and commitment in the GUHSD community. At the regular governing board meeting on Jan. 16, Glendale High School’s Achievement Above All recipients were honored for their continuous efforts to their school.  

“This evening, we have an opportunity to celebrate some of our amazing staff and students that make Glendale High School successful and special,” Principal Justin Tarver said. 

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient:

Blair Haddle was Glendale’s 2018-2019 teacher recipient. He joined Glendale 17 years ago and has taught almost every level of Social Studies. He has also spent several years coaching sports within the district including football, track and softball. Mr. Haddle is a dedicated teacher and consummate professional on campus, Tarver said.

“He does not let a single second be lost as he continuously incorporates challenging, yet engaging activities for his students,” Tarver said. “His foundation for this success is the incredibly strong relationships he builds with his students. He values them, believes in them, diligently prepares for their success and then challenges them to achieve it while providing the necessary support.”

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Achievement Above All Student Recipient: 

Student of the Year was awarded to Andrea Ramirez. She performs at the top of her class with a 4.83 GPA, is currently enrolled in four Advanced Placement courses and is a semifinalist for the prestigious Flynn Scholarship. 

Beyond the classroom, Andrea is equally involved and successful on campus. She was named Theatre Crew Chief in her sophomore year, is a National Honor Society member, President of the Social Studies Club and a Link Crew Leader. This year alone, she was selected as Rotary Student of the Month and Cardinal of the Month.

Despite her busy academic and extracurricular schedule, Andrea continues to play a vital role of support to her peers. 

“Not only does she set amazingly high expectations for herself, but also seeks to help others in the process,” Tarver said. “This is the mark of a great future leader.”

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Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient:

DECA, sponsored by Adam Moukad, accepted the honor of Glendale’s Student Group of the Year. The group is comprised of 80 members and works to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the world of business.
“It has been tremendous to watch how this student club has grown substantially over the past four years and to truly witness the leadership growth in these individuals,” Tarver said. “They also value giving back to their community as evidenced by running the City of Glendale’s Health Fair, as well as partnering with our feeder school students from Landmark Middle School, as they mentor them in different aspects of DECA and leadership.”

DECA also impresses in district competitions with a handful of members winning first place medals. In addition, another set of members competed nationally and internationally.
“All of this would be not be possible without a dedicated sponsor,” Tarver said. “Mr. Moukad pours countless hours before and after school to invest in his students.”


Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient:

Nine-year employee, LaDon Salmon, was awarded as the 2018-2019 support staff recipient. He currently is a member of the night maintenance crew where he helps keep the campus and classrooms polished. He is also courteous of the teachers at Glendale and has done small acts of kindness for them, Tarver said. 

“He takes great pride to humbly serve the teachers in the buildings he oversees,” Tarver said. “One simple example is at the beginning of the year, LaDon placed a candy bar on each teacher’s desk to brighten their day and give them some energy.”

The most enjoyable part of his position is simply taking care of the teachers and helping others however he is able, LaDon said.

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Achievement Above All Volunteer Recipient:

Krista Howes received Volunteer of the Year for her last four years of service to the football team. Her priority is to ensure that the team is fed so that they can feel good, energized and to be prepared to play in their games.

“Krista is an invaluable member of our football program,” Head Football Coach Rob York said. “The amount of time she spends making sure that our athletes are fed before every game is immense.”

She also serves as the president of the Booster Club where she actively raises funds to better the football team. “The money she helped raise through her efforts would prove to be invaluable as well,” Tarver said. 

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Congratulations to all Glendale High School’s 2018-2019 Achievement Above All recipients.

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