Washington Achievement Above All Winners

Governing Board Honors WHS Achievers
Support staff

December 2015 – The Glendale Union High School District Governing Board honored Washington High School’s Achievement Above All recipients on December 16. The special event recognizes distinguished members of Washington, including volunteers, teachers, support staff, students and student groups.

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient:

Adam Roberts has been a teacher for 18 years and taught hundreds of students in the areas of Spanish and Advanced Placement U.S. history.  Mr. Roberts also coaches multiple sports each year, including distance track, soccer and swim teams.

Special Education Department Chairman and Mr. Robert’s coaching colleague Ty Bauer said his dedication is supreme.

“He opens his classroom both before school and after school to provide tutoring for kids who are struggling and inspires the others to tutor them,” he said. “He is a strong believer in second chances, but he doesn’t just hand them out. He wants the students to feel empowered to make their own choices and to accept the outcomes of those choices. He knows that having to earn and work for something is what will give them the best skills for the future.” 

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Achievement Above All Student Recipient:

Washington senior Misael Perez Saldivar is not only a high academic achiever, but a very active student on the campus.

Since last year and thus far this semester, Misael has performed nearly 200 hours of community service through National Honor Society and as co-president of the Interact Club. His course load includes advanced placement literature, calculus, physics, and government classes, honors Japanese, advanced band and jazz ensemble and he is in the top 1 percent in his class.

He participates in Academic Decathlon, Japanese Club, Garden Club, tennis and the Washington High School Site Council.

His government teacher, Mr. Darrow noted, “Misael is a humble young man who gives of his time to improve the world around him without a desire to receive recognition from his teachers or peers. I have no doubt that Misael will be successful in his future academic pursuits, but most importantly, I know he will positively impact countless members of our society as he continues his selfless acts to improve the world around him.”

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Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient:

Campus Technology Assistant Brandon Charette was named the Support Staff Employee of the Year.

“Mr. Charette gives the gifts of both quality and sincerity with every action he performs as our campus technology assistant,” Principal Tami Strege said. “Mr. Charette has been an instructional assistant in both special education and Title 1; he has been an assistant coach for pole vaulting and wrestling. No matter the area requiring his attention, Mr. Charette brings quality and sincerity that serve as models for others.”

Eric Zimmerman, assistant principal for operations and resources, said he admires these gifts that Mr. Charette brings to the campus.

“Brandon strives to find ways to improve his service to the faculty and staff of Washington. He’s in it for the people he’s trying to serve,” Zimmerman said.

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Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient:

Interact is the school’s largest and most active club on the Washington campus. In fact, the organization is more active than most Interact Clubs across the country.

More than 250 members make up the group, which is also sponsored by seven staff members. During the 2014-2015 school year, Interact members completed 120 separate projects which involved as few as 8 members and as many as 60 members. Many of the club’s members do multiple projects a week and nearly all members participate in multiple projects and activities each semester.

So far this year, Interact has completed 56 different projects which have assisted the local community and also the national and global communities as well.

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Achievement Above All Parent/Volunteer Recipient:

Washington’s Parent/Volunteer of the Year recipient was Mark Klink. Mr. Klink volunteers his time at Washington as the president of the band booster club, where he attends all concerts, fundraisers, football games and band festivals.

Furthermore, Mr. Klink has represented the school by participating in community and district committees, at Governing Board study sessions and parent events.

Band Director Jason Landaiche had this to say: “Mr. Klink’s devotion to the WHS community stems from a genuine desire to ensure the success of our students. He does an impeccable job of planning and executing fundraisers, bringing other parents together to get involved and stay involved, running monthly meetings, and many other presidential duties.”

Thank you and congratulations to each of the Achievement Above All recipients. We are grateful for your contributions to Washington High School and the Glendale Union High School District community.

Please enjoy this video of highlights from the Achievement Above All awards presentation.

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