Governing Board Recognizes Thunderbird High School Achievement Above All Winners

Governing Board Recognizes Thunderbird High School Achievement Above All Winners

December 2014 -

Thunderbird’s Achievement Above All teacher recipient was Nadeen Boykin. Nadeen serves as the Literacy Coach for Thunderbird High School. This role is multi-faceted. It includes lending expertise to teachers with the implementation of literacy strategies and cooperative structures, developing a school-wide literacy program, heading up a Literacy Committee, and assisting with professional development associated with instructional shifts related to college and career ready standards. On top of all that, Nadeen serves as AIMS Coordinator. In this role she not only provides individual tutoring for students, but organizes a whole matrix of preparation opportunities for those students still struggling to pass portions of the test.

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The student Achievement Above All recipient for Thunderbird was Ethan Bolze. Ethan is a hard worker, excels in academics and is a positive influence on campus. Ethan is in the top 1% of his class and is a member of the National Honor Society. Besides this AAA award, Ethan was selected for the October Outstanding Senior Award, the Chief Pride Award, the Leadership Award, the AP Scholar with Honors Award, and has been recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution for outstanding work in American History. After high school Ethan will be pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

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The Thunderbird Golf team was selected to be the Achievement Above All student group. This group of outstanding young men and woman have brought great pride to Thunderbird High School for a number of reasons. This is the third year in a row that the team has won the Division III State Championship. At state, they outscored their closest opponent by 16 strokes, possibly the largest lead in state playoff history. This is a young team that has found such great success. They also participate in community service. Last September they put their skills out for hire at the Moon Valley golf tournament sponsored by the Chief Parents Association. All proceeds go back into Thunderbird by filling teacher wish lists, and offering incentives for students.

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Jen Kekic was Thunderbird’s Support Staff Achievement Above All recipient. Jen is a major asset to Thunderbird High School. She runs Pride Point, Thunderbird’s academic learning center. Although she has coached softball for a number of years, she is best known as the Cheer sponsor. Her leadership and influence has led the cheer squad to Nationals 6 times and in 2013 they ranked 8th in the nation. In her spare time she serves on the freshmen committee, end of the year committee, school council and ESSAC. She does lunch duty and extra duty. Jen is currently studying to be a special Education teacher.

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Thunderbird’s Volunteer Achievement Above All winner was Sharon Haynes. She has been volunteering in public schools for the past 13 years. As the band booster mom, she brings energy, organization and enthusiasm to the managerial side of things. Sharon has been phenomenal in leading the band parents. She coordinates all the parent help for games and contests and she oversaw the first corporate car wash last spring that raised $4,000. She also put in some of her own money this year to get the glow necklaces for games. She does it all with a great attitude and “can do” spirit.

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