The student I would like to acknowledge for Spring Honors is Mikyla Auman. Mikyla has consistently achieved at the highest level in American History. She has an innate ability to find the right answer and to delve deeply into Historical issues unlocking both cause and effect. Mikyla’s analytical skills are unsurpassed and these abilities promise her a bright and successful future. Mikyla is a respectful and kind person who earns the admiration and friendship of her peers on a daily basis. She is a very agreeable and capable student to have in American History. I am grateful and happy to honor Mikyla Auman . Mr. Keelan
I am Honoring Damian Avila for the Spring 2020/Coronavirus Honors Banquet. Covid-19 cancelled our live event, so I do not get to share a meal and talk about Damian in front of the other honorees, the teachers that chose them, and Damian's family. I am sad that all the students and their families have to miss this banquet. It is just another thing the virus has taken from our students. That being said, I am still going to honor Damian as best I can. The way I have chosen all of my Honorees is simple, what name pops into my mind when I think about honoring a student. Immediately, instantaneously,and without hesitation Damian is the man. He checks all the boxes, he is self-motivated, self-directed, he is a critical thinker, a community contributor. Damian is an amazing young man and an outstanding student in my PE class. He is kind and supportive. He is competitive and dedicated. He leads by example and always has a positive attitude. Damian shows up everyday and is ready to participate. He always does every and anything I ask of him. He never complains and always gives me his best effort. I was also blessed to coach Damian in basketball for the past 4 years. I have got to know him well in the classroom and on the basketball court. If you were fortunate enough to watch our boys playoff games this year then you got to see Damian shine. He played some of his best basketball when we needed him the most. He rose to the occasion in the biggest games, when the pressure was the highest. In the game vs Mendocino at Laytonville Damian showed his greatness throughout the game, but especially in crunch time. He showed he definitely has the “clutch gene.” In the final minutes of the 4th quarter, Damian had a game changing steals and some shots that no doubt helped us win. I was and am so proud and so happy for Damian and his family. I know he is going to do great things in life. He can and will be anything he wants. He knows how to work hard, he knows how to persevere when times get tough, and he will never give up. All qualities of a winner and a success.. Thank you for letting me mentor and guide you. Thank you for sharing yourself with me. And thank you for trusting me. I will always be your teacher, your coach, and your friend. I am grateful to recognize and celebrate you….. Damian Avila as my 2020 Honor Student. I Love you D, and am always here for you!!!
I choose Hayden not just for his talent in math. He has so many great qualities and i really see him as a well rounded individual. Being able to do anything but really excelling in certain areas of expertise. To me that is what will leave any door open for him to seek opportunities for his future. Really for the Honors Banquet i like to choose a student how reminds me of my younger self or maybe what I should have been. it is nice to see caring, helpful, and hardworking students like Hayden. it gives me hope for the future and makes coming to work a pleasure, so thank you Hayden
As a student, Kaden Burke is as earnest as they come. He wants to do well. He wants to please. He wants to succeed. Obviously, any teacher would appreciate that sort of attitude as a starting point with their students. However, this is not the reason that I chose Kaden as my Honor Student this semester.
This semester I watched as Kaden turned that ‘want’ into determination. If I could pinpoint this transformation I think it actually goes back to a low point in the school year for him. Kaden made a bad decision, he was caught, and he was punished. I know what a sweet guy Kaden is and I could tell that he really felt this whole experience. It hurt him. We never talked in great depth about it, but I could tell Kaden did a little bit of soul searching after that.
This semester Kaden came back more engaged, more determined, and more proactive. He asked extra questions. He blocked out distractions. He focused in on the task and projects at hand in a way that he hadn’t before. Never did this show itself more than when we made the switch to ‘distance learning.’ From what I could gather most students just kind of thought, “School’s out forever! Hell yeah!” Not Kaden. He was, far and away, the most engaged and proactive of my students. He reached out to me as much as I reached out to him. He helped nudge his brother and friends in the class to finish up their work as well. He navigated the multiple very real challenges of distance learning and thrived.
I know that Kaden worked closely with Ms. Harrelson and other hard-working LHS staff to complete his work this semester. Ultimately though, as with every student, the burden was on him and he was more than up for the challenge. Way to go Kaden. I can’t wait to see this new DETERMINED version of you continue to succeed in the years ahead!
I am excited to get to share the success of Andres Garcia with the community of Laytonville.
Strength and character is developed with hard work. This year, Andres has taken more difficult classes than any other year of high school, and his has risen to the occasion. Many students do what they can to avoid putting in more work than necessary, Andres has shown time and again that he is willing to do what is needed even when it’s hard. When a challenge is set in front of him, he will continue to preserve until the task is done. Even during this epidemic, Andres has shown up to school to get the help he needed. He could have used this leave from school as an excuse to not do work, but he has shown dedication to his classes regardless.
Andres has more empathy than most of the people I have met up unto this point in my life. Empathy can only be developed by experiencing those same feelings that the people around you are going through. When other students are having a difficult time at school or home, Andres is among the first to check in on them or do things to show them his concern. Andres has not had an easy life by any means, but going through difficult times has brought him an understanding of the world and the people around him that goes unmatched.
Most of us do what we can to avoid discomfort. Andres has the drive to push through discomfort to achieve the goals he sets before himself.
Victor Garcia I honor you as a student and young gentleman. It is not often we as teachers pick a freshmen to honor. Victor we have known each other since kindergarten, I used to walk you over from Mrs. Patton’s room to the computer lab at the elementary school and of course you were always perfect and engaged. Victor you as a student have always seemed to be the quiet type, a non-engaged student, to people that do not know you. You are exactly the opposite. Victor you are bright, quick witted cared about by all your peers, you complete any task asked of you and always with perfection. You never complain and show your true maturity in any conversation. This year I had the pleasure of having you in my Book Arts class and Amazon Future Engineers/Edhesive online course, full of gentlemen and 1 young lady. You showed how engaged you were by, helping others in need and answering questions, always on task and caught up immediately when you returned from illness or contract. You did not ask me to help you catch-up, you engaged with another peer to complete your work on time to jump in with the rest of the class. You as a freshmen student have, met at least 2 of our SLO’s (Student learner Outcomes) as a self-directed learner and a critical thinker. You empress me, as well as I am sure you do with all your other teachers. Victor I expect your next three years to take you to whatever goal you work towards. Please remember that you will always have a place in my classroom. Thank you for making my job just a little brighter every day.
Having interacted with Caruna this year as a student, as my TA, as an athlete on my track team, and now as an adult and aspiring force for good, I see that she deserves to be honored.
Caruna’s intelligence is apparent in the classroom. She is gifted, focused and hard-working. In her lies something that all teachers love to see: a genuine love for learning. Not only does she have the highest cumulative grade for the overall year in my class, she is also the number 1 ranked student and this year’s graduating class valedictorian. No small feat considering her competition.
What a blessing it was to have Caruna as my TA. Her work in organizing and grading papers was God-sent. What’s more was the considerate awareness she had towards her duties, at times putting her own work to the side, even work that had some urgency, to fill just about any need that I had. And in at least one instance, she was quietly instrumental in diffusing a volatile situation, all without being asked.
With my powers of persuasion I was able to recruit Caruna to our small track team. And what a delightful addition she was. She fit in very comfortable with our group almost immediately, participating in our rigorous runs and excruciating exercises, all with that beautiful smile she is so well known for.
Now as a graduate and a soon-to-be adult, we can see how much she has blossomed. She is grounded in her thoughts and ideas. She is idealistic in her purposes and dreams. She is formidable in her arguments and determination. And she will undoubtedly be a force for good in her graceful and gentle way that the world needs right now. Thank you, Caruna, and congratulations.
The student I would like to honor this spring of 2020 is Jacinda Hanover. Jacinda has participated in the Laytonville Independent Study Program the last two years, first as a freshman and now as a sophomore. I have been so impressed by her adjustment to high school and growth as a student. Jacinda takes the majority of her classes on the online forum, Edgenuity. The college prep courses on Edgenuity are very rigorous and demand a lot from students. Jacinda has done a remarkable job with them. What has impressed me most is that Jacinda is willing to put in the extra effort not many students will. When I asked her to work on a certain concept in math every day for a month, she did, and that in addition to her online class. The same with English. She even worked long hours on difficult assignments over Spring Break. I appreciate her great attitude every time we check-in or tutor.
Really, Jacinda has just grown as a person over the last couple years. She has learned how to work hard and to find satisfaction in her accomplishments. I am so privileged to have been able to know and to work with Jacinda, and I am excited for her future.
Xander Hill is my nomination for this Spring’s Honor Banquet. In keeping with the unusual nature of the award this go-round, this student is taking the road less traveled. Xander is a student that strives to see the beauty in all things and seeks the truth underlying the world and events that surround him. Xander knows how to really listen; he takes the time to internalize information, to question deeply, and to consider answers and information before going forward with his ideas. As such, he occasionally struggles with mundane tasks like note-taking, nightly homework, and completing his classwork within the designated hour, and therefore his progress (and his grade) does not always reflect the depth of his thought or the potential that rests within him to achieve his goals once he decides upon them.
However, in situations like we are enduring right now, when students are left more to their own recognizance to realize their future, Xander shines. In this time of trial, Xander reaps the benefits of the strong relationships that he has built and maintains with his family through love and respect. His uncompromising ideals help him to judge his own work and drive him to excel on his own. His work in physics fourth quarter has been exemplary, and it is clear that he is realizing his potential to follow through with his ideas in a way that will someday allow him to share his creativity and strength with his community.
Milla has proven time and time again that she is not one to back down from any challenge set before her. Her work ethic extends beyond class assignments and projects, although her work with both is remarkable. She is the first to lend a helping hand to those who need it, the first to roll up her sleeve and set to a task, and the last to consider giving up until her task is finished to her own high standards. She will often help others who might be struggling with an assignment or task, but she never allows her generous spirit to detract from her own desire for excellence in her own work.
Milla's drive and focus have also led to her success in the Mock Trial Journalism competition, a competition that is completely set apart from the rest of the program, and utterly dependent on her own work. Both this year and in her Freshmen year, Milla has qualified to represent Laytonville High School at the State Mock Trial Competition.
In addition to her work in my English class and her success in Mock Trial Journalism, Milla has also proven herself to be a leader in ASB.
But above all else, Milla has proven herself to be a leader, not because of any particular title or role, but because of her willingness to lead by example. A student can learn to read and write in a class, but it takes a remarkable young woman to learn how to lead, not just in school, but in life beyond the classroom.
The student I would like to honor for spring Honors is Michael Lassotovitch. This year is Michael’s fourth year in my Culinary Arts class at Laytonville High. He has completed Culinary I, II and III and has served as my Teacher’s Assistant. It has been my pleasure to watch him grow as a person and as a chef. Michael is a perfectionist who cares about how his food looks and tastes. When he makes something that doesn’t turn out right, he wants to make it again in order to get it right and to hone his craft. Michael has been working at the Chief for the past four years, and during that time has gone from a dishwasher to a line cook. He consistently gets good feedback from his managers there for his work ethic and desire to learn. On a personal level, Michael is a young man of strong character. Specifically, I have been impressed by his strong sense of integrity, his work ethic and his dedication to his craft. Michael’s goal is to become a chef, and he takes that goal very seriously. With his drive, I believe that Michael will go far and will be successful. I am excited to see what next steps Michael will take, and wish him only the best with whatever life throws his way.
Sue Carberry / Jon Nielsen
THE LAYTONVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS PLEASED TO HONOR DILLON MATHESON AS OUR SPRING SEMESTER OUTSTANDING STUDENT.
DILLON AS BEEN A VOLUNTEER WITH OUR DEPARTMENT SINCE HIS FRESHMAN YEAR, ONE OF ONLY 2 STUDENTS THAT HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO START THE PROGRAM AS A FRESHMAN. DURING THAT TIME HE HAS ATTENDED BUSINESS MEETING AND TRAININGS BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY RESPONDED TO FIRE AND AMBULANCE CALLS.
DILLON WAS THE TOP HIGH SCHOOL RESPONDER IN 2018 WITH 124 CALLS AND NUMBER 1 IN 2019 WITH 169 CALLS. OVER ALL FROM HIS FRESHMAN YEAR TO DATE HE HAS RESPONDED TO 356 CALLS WITH OUR DEPARTMENT. AS HE PREPARES TO START HIS SENIOR YEAR DILLON WILL CERTAINLY BE A LEADER IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM AND WE'RE SURE HE IS PREPARED TO PASS HIS KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS ONTO THE NEW STUDENTS IN OUR PROGRAM.
THIS WINTER DILLON COMPLETED THE MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS VOLUNTEER ACADEMY WHICH IS HELD EVERY WEEKEND FROM JANUARY TO MARCH. (SHORTENED THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID 19) WHETHER ON A FIRE OR IN THE BACK OF THE AMBULANCE DILLON STAYS CALM AND FOLLOWS THE INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUESTS OF THOSE IN CHARGE OF THE CALL. THIS YEAR ESPECIALLY HE HAS WORKED HARD TO PUSH HIMSELF OUT OF HIS COMFORT ZONE AND OVER COME HIS FEARS.
DURING THIS COVID TIME WE ARE ALL COPING WITH DILLON HAS CONTINUED TO RESPOND TO CALLS AND BE A PART OF OUR DEPARTMENT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HOW DILLON WILL SHINE AS A SENIOR AND BEYOND!!!
THANK YOU DILLON FOR ALL YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT AND COMMUNITY.
SUE CARBERRY JON NIELSEN