Glendale Achievement Above All Winners Recognized

Glendale High School Winners Honored by Governing Board
Posted on 02/19/2016

February 2016 – The Glendale Union High School District Governing Board honored Glendale High School’s Achievement Above All recipients on Feb. 17. The special event recognizes distinguished members of Glendale, including volunteers, teachers, support staff, students and student groups.

Principal Kevin Cashatt introduced each award recipient to the Governing Board. He remarked that these award recipients embody the true spirit that is Glendale High School.

“The teachers and staff are all committed to ensuring that all kids have every opportunity to be successful,” Mr. Cashatt said. “They work under the shared values of teamwork, expecting the best, continuous improvement, and solution-oriented in their mindset. It is these values that have continued to make Glendale and excellent school.”

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient:

Robert Baumann is an alumnus from Washington High School and he began his career as a teacher at Glendale five years ago. He instructs students in the areas of government and economics. Additionally, he is the Social Studies Department Chair, sponsor of the AP Social Studies Club, Comic and Anime Club and a member of the Honors and Awards Committee.

He left a 26-year career as an attorney to become a Glendale teacher.

When asked about what he is most passionate about with regards to teaching, Mr. Baumann said, “I love motivating my students to be excited about our government, about politics, and about making choices. I am very enthusiastic and positive no only about our wonderful extraordinary country, but about everything that I think is important to lead a rich and rewarding life.”

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Achievement Above All Student Recipient:

Jennifer Alvarez is an exceptional student who is very involved not only on the Glendale campus, but in other areas of her life as well.

The recipient of the Student of the Year award, Ms. Alvarez, has placed in the top 1 percent of her class with a weighted GPA of 4.74. She has increased her enrollment in advanced placement classes each year of her high school career. Her favorite classes include journalism and biology.

Her school involvement includes soccer, cheer, student council, LINK Crew, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, journalism club, Interact and volunteering. She recently spent time volunteering with the Special Olympics cheer team, where she taught a cheer routine to participants.

Ms. Alvarez plans to graduate from high school and then attend Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to pursue a career as an investigative news reporter or broadcast journalist.

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Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient:

This year’s Achievement Above All Student Group was the NJROTC, or Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. The student group has more than 100 members and is led by Commander Gary Lock and Senior Chief David McAllister.

The NJROTC’s mission is to instill in students the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.

A few highlights from the year include: Participating as a color guard for the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, American Automotive Institute and ITT Tech. Cadets have participated in various parades, including the Hometown Christmas Parade in Glendale and volunteering at Veterans Day gatherings.

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 Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient:

Commitment and hard work was learned at a young age by Support Staff Achievement Above All recipient Mary Lou Plath. Mrs. Plath is an assistant in the attendance office at the school, however she has been a part of the school for many years. She graduated from Glendale High School.

Her parents owned a deli/grocery store in Glendale and she would help out at the store regularly.

“As a child, she learned the value of hard work by working in her parent’s store,” Mr. Cashatt said. “Over time, she would come back to help out at Glendale by volunteering her time and even earning the GHS Volunteer of the Year award in 2004. Just recently she received the Cardinal of the Month by the staff of Glendale who recognized her for her caring spirit and hard work.”

Mrs. Plath was unable to attend the Achievement Above All reception and her award was accepted by her daughter, Rosanna.


Achievement Above All Parent/Volunteer Recipient:

Cindy Grajeda volunteers at Glendale in a few capacities. She serves on the site council, the Blue Ribbon Committee and with the volleyball and softball programs.

In addition to volunteering her time at the school, Mrs. Grajeda also supports students by volunteering at monthly sessions for AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, a nonprofit college prep organization for students and their parents.

Mrs. Grajeda has said, “volunteering to me is very uplifting. It gives me a sense of accomplishments and allows me to create a new relationship with my community members and builds connections with my kids.”

“Glendale High School is proud of its history and traditions,” Mr. Cashatt said. “None of these things would be possible without the efforts of our staff, students, parents, and community members volunteering countless hours of their time and efforts to make Glendale a better place for our students.”

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Congratulations to all Glendale Achievement Above All recipients! We’re proud of your accomplishments and the commitment you have to the GHS community! Please enjoy this highlight video from the evening's presentation.