GUHSD Governing Board Recognizes Washington Achievement Above All Winners

GUHSD Governing Board Recognizes Washington Achievement Above All Winners

January 2015 -

The Achievement Above All teacher recipient for Washington High School was John Shovestull. Since 1978, Mr. Shovestull has been influencing the lives of teenagers. He has motivated them as a softball coach and a bowling club sponsor, as a Link Crew adviser and a Student Government teacher.  He has inspired them with his honesty and his good humor, with his patience and his insistence that they can achieve their best. In fact, if you pay a visit to WHS on just about any Saturday, you will see Mr. Shovestull hard at work with students who come in voluntarily to get extra help. Patience is a symbol of Mr. Shovestull’s character. By practicing patience daily and repeating his message to his students John Shovestull has made a tremendous impact at WHS.

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The WHS student of the year was Ephraim Lonsako. Ephraim proves his leadership in subtle ways. A member of STUGO, Ephraim can be counted on to participate completely in every event or task. He immerses himself in the culture of the campus, modeling for all of us that participation is also a form of leadership. He seeks to challenge himself, taking rigorous AP and honors courses throughout his high school career and maintaining a GPA that places him in the top 3% of the Class of 2015. Ephraim has served our campus as a volunteer with the Interact Club, a tutor to fellow students, a tour guide to a group celebrating their 50th class reunion, and most recently, as a member of a videotaped roundtable discussion celebrating the diversity of Washington High School. We know that the future holds great things for him.

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The recipient of Washington High School's Student Group AAA award was National Honor Society. Washington High School’s National Honor Society exemplifies selflessness. Comprised of students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character, NHS members view every activity as an opportunity to show their investment in Washington. From cleaning up trash and beautifying campus to tutoring ELL students, from volunteering at Maryland Elementary's Anti-Bully Night to assisting the administration with every Washington community event, these students are the epitome of selflessness. Last year, NHS members accumulated over 4,500 hours of volunteerism.  This year to date, NHS members have logged over 2,800 hours.

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The WHS Support Staff of the year was Bradley Meese. A 2008 graduate of Washington, Mr. Meese served as the student body president; in fact, he is no stranger to this awards ceremony. That year, Mr. Meese was the student recipient of Achievement Above All.  He is currently studying at GCU to become a high school history teacher, and his fondest wish is to leave the Washington bookstore in order to teach in a Washington classroom. Students trust him because of his attention to detail. Coaches and club sponsors trust him because of his astute financial skills. Administrators trust him because of his integrity. Mr. Meese truly inspires trust in all those around him.

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The volunteer of the year for WHS was Frederick Moor. Mr. Moor has been a volunteer with the instrumental music program since 2001. In addition to his musical volunteerism, Mr. Moor is a talented photographer. To commemorate the work of senior football players, cheerleaders, and band members, Mr. Moor has taken photos of these students and their parents for nearly a decade.  Furthermore, Mr. Moor led the WHS Young Life club for several years, helping to provide a safe atmosphere where students can socialize and do good works outside of the school day.

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