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Galena High School has many ways to recognize students for doing well throughout the year. One of these ways is the Edward Jones Student of the Quarter, which is a partnership with Edward Jones and Culver’s.

Students who are awarded as Student of the Quarter, are asked that they are students that are not always recognized but still have the great attributes of a well-rounded student. In addition to knowing their teachers think highly of them, winners also receive a certificate and four free value baskets to Culver’s; they also get their picture taken for the Galena Gazette.

At Galena High School the faculty is given a majority of the say about who gets chosen for the Edward Jones Student of the Quarter. This year Adriana Amaya ‘20 was nominated almost unanimously by a majority of her teachers.

For the ceremony Amaya went down to the Primary School library with the other kids that were picked from the Primary School and the Middle School. There they received their goodies and Chris Curran and Caprina Apt said a couple of words before closing the ceremony.

Teachers had a lot of good things to say about Amaya. Steve Holland, band director, said “Adriana has been really stepping up and working hard to make her section sound better.” Amaya is a leader and she always makes sure that she is doing whatever she can to make sure that others are doing the best that they can too.

Susan Bookless, English and Publications teacher, said “She’s been working really hard in Pubs. She always volunteers to take pictures, and has been really pushing herself to be a better writer this year.” Amaya is always doing whatever she can to better herself and she works hard to do so.

Not only has she been working hard in her arts, but she is working hard in her core classes as well. “She has been on top of her game in English III this year” said Sarah Rosenthal. Mary Calfee also had positive things to say about Amaya, “She has also been working very hard in Math 2 this year, she is always very proactive in asking questions and is an awesome girl all around.” Diane Siese, art teacher, also said “She gives 110% to each assignment.”

Some teachers also had nice things to say about Amaya that weren’t school work related. Brett Noble said “I just had a conversation with her about non-school stuff at the beginning of class, she is trying to get her little brother on our fifth grade basketball team and I was impressed by her maturity in the discussion and advocating like a parent for her sibling. Not to mention she is doing great in class so I think she’d be an excellent choice.”

Amaya is always kind to everyone and always greets others with a smile. Susan Friedrick, FACS teacher, noticed this and also had positive things to say about her personality. Friedrick said, “She is kind to others, has a smile and a good morning for me every day. She truly is a great girl!”

“I was honored and happy to know that I was being acknowledged for an amazing award.” Amaya said. She has been working hard this school year and she definitely deserves to be acknowledged for all of her hard work.


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