Students of the Month – August 2019

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH – August 2019

Samantha Alvarez, 9th grade, nominated by Mrs. Christine Krisman – Being Family & Building Respect
The 9th grade PE classes were privileged to have alum Simon Pitfield present a short unit on fencing. Simon brought all the equipment and after the final class, I asked for volunteers to help carry equipment out to the car. Two volunteers, including Samantha, not only helped pack the equipment but helped carry the equipment out to the car and helped Simon organize it to make it fit. She took an extra 20 minutes out of her free time after school just to be helpful and supportive. And after all that, she asked if there was anything else we needed help with. True Mariner spirit and willingness to reach out and help!

Gina Bayona, 9th grade, nominated by Mrs. Christine Krisman – Being Family & Building
Respect
The 9th grade PE classes were privileged to have alum Simon Pitfield present a short unit on fencing. Simon brought all the equipment and after the final class, I asked for volunteers to help carry equipment out to the car. Two volunteers, including Gina, not only helped pack the equipment but helped carry the equipment out to the car and helped Simon organize it to make it fit. She took an extra 20 minutes out of her free time after school just to be helpful and supportive. And after all that, she asked if there was anything else we needed help with. True Mariner spirit and willingness to reach out and help!

Jimon Campbell, 9th grade, nominated by Mr. Ben Greenbaum – Bringing Hope
Jimon is a great example of Bringing Hope. Jimon has a contagious positive attitude with a cheerful laugh and smile. He shows up to class ready to participate and lead by example. Students follow his lead and this brings hope to us all. He showed hope through his leadership at the frosh retreat. Out of all the frosh retreats that Ms. Tabora and I have been to, Jimon was the first freshman to ask to lead in prayer, showing his leadership skills. He brought hope to us all.

Emma Murchison, 9th grade, nominated by Mr. Ben Greenbaum – Bringing Hope
Emma is a prime example of someone who Brings Hope on a daily basis. There are day-to-day actions that help make people feel better. Simple actions like a daily hello or a smile. Emma greets people with a friendly smile and a cheerful attitude daily. Her friendliness is also a sign of respect as she treats everyone with the same dignity and respect that she gives to her teachers. Emma is an amazing person and we need more people like her in our world. I expect that Emma will make a positive difference in our world.

Sydney Ebert, 10th grade, nominated by Fr. Bruce Cecil – Educating Hearts & Minds
Sydney is a joy to have in class. She helps me out every class day as my attendance helper. She is eager to learn and to participate fully in class. She engages in discussions, asks great questions and works well with other students in the class. She exhibits the great Mariner spirit of striving to educate both her mind and her heart.

Damien Houston II, 10th grade, nominated by Fr. Bruce Cecil – Educating Hearts & Minds
Damien is one of those kids who is trying so hard at his school work. He asks questions. He follows up to make sure he is on top of his studies. He is always polite and eager to do well. His hard work and effort inspire me, a teacher. I just want to cheer him on, because I want him to experience success so that he knows that his hard work is paying off.

Yash Jain, 10th grade, nominated by Fr. Bruce Cecil- Bringing Hope
Yash is a brand new student to our school. He just transferred from Mission San Jose High School. From Day 1, he has leaped into his new school environment with total dedication and enthusiasm. He wasted no time getting caught up on all assignments and doing them extremely well. He has quickly made friends with others in the class and partnered with them on team projects with zeal and a real thirst for learning. He shows great curiosity and interest. He helps in the classroom and is always respectful and polite. His enthusiasm and joy bring to me, as a teacher, the gift of hope.

Lana Mowry, 10th grade, nominated by Fr. Bruce Cecil – Building Respect
Lana is a go getter and a self-starter. Our homeroom class chose her as their class representative and she has shown great maturity in taking on this responsibility. In just the first 2 weeks of class, she has attended meetings outside of class for representatives, she has solicited ideas from her fellow students for making our class better, and she has communicated those ideas to me, as teacher, and to the rest of the class. She models leadership and shows respect to everyone in class.

Vardan Gill, 10th grade, nominated by Ms. Colleen Galloway – Bringing Hope & Being
Family
Was an upstander when a classmate was making jokes that were hurtful to others. Great job!

Victoria Landeros, 10th grade, nominated by Ms. Samantha Wainwright – Building
Respect
Victoria has shown great maturity and growth to start this school year. She is motivated and committed to achieving her goals in her classes. She works hard and stays focused in class, seeks help when needed, and is setting herself up to have a great year academically.

Humza Halimi, 11th grade, nominated by Ms. Samantha Wainwright – Being Family
I’ve had the joy of getting to know Humza these last few months as a committed Link Leader and an inquisitive student in my English 11 class. Humza shows empathy for others and pride in our school in small, but significant ways. He always inquires how myself and other students are doing, he makes an effort to come by after school every day to help straighten up the classroom, and even assists the custodial staff by emptying classroom trash cans into hallway bins. He does these things just because he cares about his teachers and peers and wants to help. What a great Mariner!

Patrick Domingo, 12th grade, nominated by Ms. Samantha Wainwright – Educating
Hearts & Minds
Patrick has been a great contributor to my Senior Seminar English class. He fully commits to every discussion and activity, immersing himself in the material and thinking deeply about every question. He volunteered to be one of our class senators, and maintained a positive attitude despite being assigned the “back up” role. His hard work and positive attitude rubs off on the students around him, and I’m very thankful that he contributes to a fun, yet productive atmosphere in the class! High five Patrick!

Anneliese Wirsching, 12th grade, nominated by Mr. Ben Greenbaum – Bringing Hope &
Being Family
Anneliese is a great example of both Bringing Hope and Being Family. While babysitting my nephew, I decided to take him to Sulphur Creek. This is where I ran into Anneliese. She was working behind one of the reptile exhibits, caring for them by cleaning their exhibits. Not only was I greeted with a beautiful smile, but she came out from behind the exhibit to talk to me. In our conversation, she informed me that she has been volunteering there every Saturday for several years; going way beyond the required Holy Cross Social Justice Hours. She not only showed that we are a Mariner family by talking to me (while others may have just waved), she was family to the creatures that live amongst us. Anneliese gave me hope that our students are finding things they are passionate about and donating time volunteering.