Greenway Demons Take Spotlight at Awards Ceremony

GUHSD Governing Board Recognizes Greenway Demons for Outstanding Achievements
Posted on 02/07/2019
This is the image for the news article titled GUHSD Governing Board Recognizes Greenway Demons for Outstanding Achievements February 2019 – The annual Achievement Above All ceremony was held Wednesday, Feb. 6 to honor the teacher, student, student group, support staff member and volunteer of the year for Greenway High School. This event serves as an opportunity to showcase the recipients’ talents, contributions and dedication to the Greenway community. The Glendale Union High School District Governing Board and Greenway Principal, Ed Barnes, were present to recognize the recipients for these accomplishments. 

“This year’s group of achievement above all awardees represent the heart of Greenway, which each contribute to the community we all benefit from being a part of,” Principal Ed Barnes said.

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient:

Teacher of the Year was awarded to English Teacher Jennifer Fowler. After graduating from Moon Valley, Fowler came to teach at Greenway after she received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and completed her student teaching. Since then, she has earned her master’s degree and most recently finished her required coursework to be recognized as National Board Certified Teacher.

In addition to her English teaching experience, Fowler also educates students in another subject that she is very passionate about.

“Over her 17 year career, Jenn has taught many different levels of language arts at Greenway and has also taken on the Ed Professions program,” Barnes said. “She is the Ed Rising State Advisory Board President, helping to lead this program and inspiring the next generation of teachers.” 


Achievement Above All Student Recipient:

Barkot Surafel was honored as Greenway’s 2018-2019 Student of the Year. She is a top-notch student who is heavily involved on campus through extracurricular activities, clubs and sports including the National Honor Society, Key Club, LINK Crew, girls basketball, cheer squad and the dance line. 

She is also the student body president where she leads her peers with positivity.

“As our student body president, Barkot makes school spirit a priority as her positive attitude and a contagious laugh brighten all of our events,” Greenway Student Council Advisor Amber Gould said. “Her ability to lead and inspire her classmates has been amazing to watch and I can’t wait to see where her leadership takes her next.”

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Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient:
The Greenway Football team, sponsored by Coach Ed Cook, accepted the award for Student Group of the Year. The team achieved many accomplishments during the 2018-2019 season such as a 10-2 record, region championship, Ed Doherty Medal Awards and Ed Cook being named Region Coach of the Year.
Aside from all their hard work to earn these achievements, the team also found time to give back to others.

“Coach Cook and his staff educate our athletes on the importance of family, academics, leadership and community,” Barnes said. “In fact, this year the team had volunteered over 125 community service hours while in season.”

Greenway Assistant Principal of Operations and Resources Jeff Feldman added, “Greenway Football set the tone for our school year with not only what they did on the field winning the First Region Championship in 13 years, but on campus with their leadership, hard work and dedication which also lead to incredible school spirit.”


Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient:

Nine-year employee, Lyndsey Adams, was honored as the 2018-2019 support staff recipient. Sometime after completing her master’s degree, Adams finally landed in her role at Greenway of being the school’s social worker. Her job revolves around helping students emotionally and making them feel comfortable and secure throughout their high school experience.

“I love that I have a job where I am able to interact with students and help them through struggles of being a teenager and seeing them succeed,” Adams said.

At Greenway, it is clear that Adams plays a very important role on campus.
“Lyndsey is an amazing element of the Greenway community and family that I don’t think any of us could survive without her in our lives,” Barnes said.

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Achievement Above All Volunteer Recipient:

Volunteer of the Year went to Howard Howen, who is actively involved with the Greenway Football team. His several duties included filming the games and players’ performances, keeping statistics and updating online live score updates for parents who could not attend the games.
Outside of volunteering at Greenway, Howen also participates in other volunteer activities such as filling food boxes at St. Mary’s Food Bank and working with American Red Cross in making home safety improvements at senior citizens’ homes.
“After reading more about his background, you can see how volunteerism is a part of his nature, which represents the type of character Coach Cook and his staff are attempting to instill within our program,” Barnes said.

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Greenway High School Achievement Above All recipients.

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