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At the most recent Achievement Above All celebration, the Governing Board of the Glendale Union High School District honored the remarkable accomplishments of distinguished individuals. This yearly event highlights the considerable contributions of vital members of the Glendale community, encompassing a teacher, a student, a student group, a member of the support staff, and a volunteer. Tanner Linsacum, the Principal of Glendale High School, took great pride in presenting these awardees to the community, the governing board, and the superintendent. In recognition of their exceptional achievements, each honoree was presented with certificates or awards during the ceremony.

Dr. Matthew Schmitt, Teacher of the Year

Dr. Matthew Schmitt is Glendale High School’s Teacher of the Year. Dr. Schmitt is always willing to extend a helping hand on campus whether as a teacher or a coach. He announces at every home basketball game, coaches cross country and track, is the Science Department Chair, and leads a committee for the ACT. 

Kim Young, who was a student of his and now teaches and coaches alongside him states “Dr. Schmitt was my chemistry teacher.  He made going to class exciting and the things I learned in his class I am now teaching my students. Dr. Schmitt is the type of person who wants to find ways to support and serve. As department chair, he is always willing to listen. As a coach, Dr. Schmitt enjoys pushing students to be better athletes but also preaches life lessons as often as possible. I am lucky to call him my co-worker/co-teacher/co-coach and Buddy.”


Daniella Putu-Kang, Student of the Year

Advanced Placement student Daniella Putu-Kang is this year’s Student of the Year. Putu-Kang is originally from Congo. She immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. Now, she is an avid Advanced Placement student who received the title of Advance Placement United States History Student of the Year. After high school, she plans to attend college and start a career in International Law. 

Ms. Collette, Daniella’s AP Language instructor writes, “Daniela is truly one of a kind.  Daniela’s leadership shines through her decisive actions.  Her ability to make tough decisions swiftly and effectively inspires trust and respect among her peers.  Daniela’s knack for strategic thinking and determination propels her and anyone around her toward success, making her an invaluable asset in any endeavor.” 


Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Student Group of the Year

Student group of more than 40 students, DECA is this year’s Student Group of the Year. DECA has had a successful year so far. They celebrated a state finalist in retail merchandising as well as achieving a Gold Standards Certification for their school-based enterprise, the Bird Feeder. Members will compete at the DECA International Career and Development Conference later this month. Not only does DECA provide invaluable opportunities for student growth and development, but it also extends a helping hand to those in need. Over the holidays, members ensured that no family went hungry by distributing food to those in need and providing gifts for students in group homes. 

Principal Tanner Linsacum says, “In essence, DECA is not just about business; it’s about building a better community through empathy and generosity.”


Adriana Romero, Support Staff of the Year

Attendance Secretary Adrianna Romero is this year’s Support Staff of the Year. Romero pours into everything she does, whether it’s the completion of the day-to-day volume of work that exists for her position or spending the extra time to connect with a student. She is always willing to lend an ear to a parent in distress or help out on campus with extra duty work. When Romero is not on campus she enjoys hiking, road trips, and karaoke. 

Principal Tanner Linsacum says, “Adrianna is deeply committed to the Glendale Family. She embodies the values of our community. She fosters a sense of belonging among her peers, creating a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and accepted. Her dedication to the Glendale Family is unwavering, as is her love for our community.”


Harvey Trent, Volunteer of the Year

This year’s Volunteer of the Year has left a mark on Glendale’s band program. Trent shows up for the band month after month ready to help in any way he can. He assists in setting up, fixing equipment, and providing moral support to the students. Outside of volunteering at Glendale High School, Trent enjoys bicycling and reading. 

Glendale High School student Samuel Vega Ornelas says, “We are very thankful to Mr. Trent for his help building percussion items.  He made it possible for our show to incorporate more instruments and we are forever grateful for his help.  He has been a continuous supporter of our band and has always been a friendly helping hand to everyone.”