Greenway Demons Take Spotlight at Virtual Event

GUHSD Governing Board Honors 2020-2021 Greenway Achievement Above All Recipients
Posted on 01/22/2021
GUHSD Governing Board Honors 2020-2021 Greenway Achievement Above All Recipients

January 2020 – The Glendale Union High School District’s Achievement Above All events continue to showcase the excellence within the district and schools. Most recently, Greenway High School 2020-2021 Achievement Above All recipients took the spotlight at the virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 20. During the virtual event, the GUHSD Governing Board honored the teacher, student, student group, support staff member and volunteer of the year, and recognized them for their accomplishments and service to Greenway. Greenway High School principal Ed Barnes initiated the virtual ceremony with an introduction of the recipients.

“Greenway’s motto is “Excellence Runs Green and Gold,” and this year's recipients for Achievement Above All exceed all expectations and display the highest of character and integrity in a physical and virtual setting,” Barnes said.

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient: Shannon Dinovo

Originally from Oregon, Ms. Dinovo graduated from South Salem High School before making her way to Arizona. She attended Arizona State University and received her degree in Life Sciences. Ms. Dinovo continued her education at Rio Salado College where she completed her post-bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, and Grand Canyon University where she earned her master's degree in Educational Technology. 

In present day, Ms. Dinovo has served GUHSD for over eight years now. She first began her career at Washington High School before transitioning to Greenway, where she currently teaches Chemistry and AP Biology. Her other important role on campus is the Greenway Tech Coach, a position that allows her to help her colleagues with their technical needs and explore technologies that allow them to teach within their style for their specific classes.

One of Ms. Dinovo’s peers, Greenway Science Department Chair Lorane Walth, spoke highly of her passion to help students and teachers with their academic and technical requirements. 

“She is a very talented teacher and works hard to make sure her AP biology students are ready for their exam,” Walth said. “As one of our specialists, Shannon has a chance to impact every student on campus through the support and confidence she instills within our teachers with their use of technology, and how it impacts student learning.”

Some of Ms. Dinovo’s hobbies include spending time with her with family and friends, and hiking. 

Achievement Above All Student Recipient: Christian Johnson

Senior student Christian Johnson is one of the many students who demonstrate the very best of Greenway. Currently ranked in the top 10% of his class, Johnson possesses a 4.33 GPA and has completed eight honors and AP courses. In addition to his academic success, Johnson has been recognized for his athleticism and community service work.

Some of Johnson’s athletic achievements include earning 1st team all-region twice, all-region player of the year and being nominated twice for the Ed Doherty Award, which recognizes the top high school football players in the state. He also claimed the title of #3 all-time leading rusher in Greenway football history. 

“Christian Johnson is one of the special few that has made an impact in my life,” Greenway Head Football Coach Ed Cook said. “Greenway Football is not only going to miss seeing #22 on the field, but will also miss his character, leadership, and most of all his relentless effort.”

Other noteworthy accomplishments of Johnson include winning the Sunburst Farms Community Scholarship, earning recognition for a significant project he completed as an Eagle Scout and receiving the National Certificate of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America for coming to the aid of a troubled hiker on a Grand Canyon trail.

Johnson accepted a scholarship to Lake Forest College in Illinois where he will continue his athletic career while majoring in finance and entrepreneurship.  

Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient: Student Council (Sponsored by Amber Gould & Megan Lange)

Greenway Student Council is comprised of nearly 40 students with the sole purpose to develop student leadership, practice the democratic process, promote citizenship and community service while fostering problem solving skills, and encourage idea exchange in a school setting. The group views these characteristics as essential elements in building strong school spirit and strives to implement them each school year. 

In a typical school year, Greenway Student Council would be planning several spirit events such as homecoming, dances and community service projects. Although these specific school events were called off due to the restrictions of the global pandemic, the group has not let it get in the way of its goals and duties. Greenway Student Council has developed several public service announcements, encouraged spirit within the virtual world and maintained their goal of making a positive impact on the school community. 

Greenway Student Body President, Becca Weedman, shed light on the group’s perseverance through the obstacles it has faced over the past several months.

“I am so proud of the work our council has accomplished in these last years, despite all the challenges we have faced,” Weedman said. “One of the foundations for our student council is family. Family is more than blood, but luckily, we all bleed green and gold. Our family goes deeper than just the class. We’ve had the endless support of our advisors Ms. Gould and Ms. Lange, our amazing administrators, greenway teachers and staff, the parents of student council members, and of course our student body, that have kept up school spirit in the hardest of times.”

When dealing with the pandemic, the strong foundation of Greenway has made it possible for this school year's student council to continue to give back to the community and make connections even in a virtual environment. 

Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient: Jeffrey Perdue 

Having served GUHSD for over 22 years, Perdue has experience from across the district in many different positions. He began his career with GUHSD in 1997 as Greenway’s Inner Groundsman before moving to Independence High School as Maintenance 1. From there, he continued to Glendale High School to gain more Maintenance 1 experience before taking on the role of Assistant Facilities Supervisor at Sunnyslope High School, a position he held for seven years. Purdue then found himself back at Greenway as the Facilities Supervisor, where he just started his 11th year. 

Perdue shared his experience at Greenway and his pride in the school and community.

“Over the years at Greenway, we’ve dealt with a lot,” Perdue said. “We’ve survived floods, electrical blackouts and a hailstorm that led to the reconstruction of the entire campus, which I was fortunate to be a part of. But none is more meaningful than the pride that our students and staff have for the look of our campus, which motivates our crew. From both inner and outer grounds to every classroom, I’m very proud of the work the Greenway maintenance and custodial crews do on a daily basis, making Greenway an exceptional school in our district.”

Principal Ed Barnes also expressed his gratitude for Perdue and the whole maintenance crew for their dedication to Greenway. 

“Jeff and his crews are amazing individuals who take great pride in their work and keep Greenway a safe and beautiful campus, where learning can take place every day,” Barnes said. 

Outside of work, Perdue is an avid outdoorsman. Upon retirement, he plans to spend quality time with his family and children, and travel with the hopes of visiting all 50 states.  

Achievement Above All Volunteer Recipient: Heather Nash

Nash is the president of the Greenway Parent Action Club (PAC). As a parent of two current Greenway students and a third entering the 2021-2022 school year as a freshman, Nash has a strong dedication to serving the school’s community. 

As president of Greenway PAC, Nash is primarily focused on the school, students and teachers. Her vision for PAC is to prioritize what is best for the school. Whether her volunteer efforts include helping at sports games and school events or hosting breakfast gatherings, she wants everyone on campus to know that PAC is comprised of reliable, caring and involved parents.

During the virtual event, Nash acknowledged the efforts of the entire PAC crew, and how the group gave her the opportunity to be involved and give back to her teens’ school.

“Although this award is addressed to me, I would like to recognize that this award is due to my connection with PAC and the relationship I have built with the other members,” Nash said. “PAC has given me the opportunity to give back to the school in ways that I would not otherwise be able to. Just being a parent on the sidelines is not something I wanted while my children attended Greenway. PAC gave me that avenue to be involved.”

In her spare time, Nash enjoys spending time with her family, running and reading. 

Congratulations to Greenway High School’s 2020-2021 Achievement Above All recipients!

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