Governing Board Recognizes Moon Valley High School Achievement Above All Winners

Governing Board Recognizes Moon Valley High School Achievement Above All Winners

November 2014-

The Moon Valley recipient for the Achievement Above All teacher award was Patrick MacLean. Commander MacLean started teaching at Moon Valley in 2008 and his impact on the school community was immediate. He currently serves as the lead instructor for the ROTC program, which includes around 130 students. He welcomes all students and always says, “We can find a spot for anybody.” Under his direction, Moon Valley ROTC has become a nationally recognized program, earning numerous accolades. A few highlights of Moon Valley ROTC include distinguished Unit Award 5 of the last 6 years, College Options 2014 NJROTC 3rd in the nation, and the unit has maintained over 5,000 hours of community service each year. He is a role model for staff and students alike.

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The Moon Valley student Achievement Above All winner was Madison O'Neal.
Madison has achieved and maintained a level of excellence throughout her high school career. She is ranked among the top in her class and carries a 4.0 GPA and a 4.67 Weighted GPA. Madison has continuously challenged herself with rigorous classes throughout high school. Currently, she is taking AP Government, AP Calculus, AP Spanish, AP Literature, and AP Physics. Madison’s excellence in the classroom is just one of her many accomplishments. Madison has started a non-profit organization called BASE, Bringing Athletes Sports Equipment. Her non-profit provides the community youth with proper sports equipment so they can participate in athletics. Her commitment to academic excellence has been recognized and applauded by all her teachers.

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Moon Valley's football team was selected to receive the student group Achievement Above All award.
The mission of Coach Jacob’s football program is to develop the character of his student athletes and get the student athletes involved on campus. The football program continues to grow under Coach Jacob’s direction. Currently, there are nearly 120 students who participate in football. This fall, the freshman, JV, and varsity teams combined for a record of 19-5-1. The varsity team finished with a 9-1 record and qualified for the state playoffs for the first time since 2010. The Moon Valley football program also takes pride in making a difference in the community. The football team was a main attraction for the “Rockets in the Community” event. They held a free clinic for local youth. The event is designed to teach basic football skills and have the players be positive role models for future Rockets.

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The recipient of Moon Valley's support staff Achievement Above All Award was Kara Martin.
Kara is the receptionist at Moon Valley. As the receptionist, she has the responsibility of being the first point of contact for parents and community members. She understands the importance of this role and ensures each person coming onto Moon Valley's campus experiences a positive first impression. She is continuously providing detailed reports, statistical analysis, and weekly projections of current sub allotment. Her tracking system allows the administration and faculty to continuously be aware of Moon Valley's current goals.

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Moon Valley's volunteer Achievement Above All recipient was Beth Douthitt.
Beth has been involved in many areas of Moon Valley the last four years.  Currently, Beth serves as Moon Valley's Booster Club’s vice president. Beth can be seen working the snack bar at athletic events.

Beth is a mainstay in Moon Valley's Theatre Department. She has been a chaperone for many events including the state conference, Arco Santi, Phoenix Theatre productions and is scheduled to accompany another theatre group to the State Festival this November. Beth also chaperoned the choir and band spring break trip to California.  Last year, Beth’s contributions to the theatre department earned her the “Outstanding Production Parent” award.

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