March Warriors of the Month

March Warriors of the Month
Posted on 04/09/2019
Erwin High School continued to recognize students and faculty as part of the new Warrior of the Month program in March. Sponsored by PBIS, Warrior of the Month recognizes five students from each grade level and the staff as finalists, followed by one winner from each grade level and one staff member for being excellent examples of a specific character trait in our school. For March, that trait was diversity.


12th Grade
DeAnna Clark

DeAnna Clark

DeAnna is more dedicated to making people feel welcome in our school than any other person I know. She knows the name of almost every student, and usually knows some personal details about them. She has taught herself phrases in multiple languages to better communicate with our diverse student body. She is in Student Council and fights for the interests of all people in our school, especially those that are typically not represented. She values the diversity at Erwin, and is proud to encourage it.

Other finalists for 12th grade were Scout Allen, Gonzalo Martinez, Naticha Patino-Alvarez, and Nautica Smiley.

11th Grade
Demario Avery

Demario Avery

Demario exemplifies diversity in himself and his interaction with others. Every morning, we see him sitting at a table full of his friends, who represent all kinds of students – white, black, male, female, gay, straight, etc. He is always open to helping his fellow students with book suggestions and assistance with our 3D printer and he treats EVERYONE with the same level of respect, warmth and enthusiasm. In his actions, every day, he exhibits total color and gender blindness. To say he embraces diversity implies it’s a conscious choice on his part and maybe it is, or maybe it is just who he is.

Other finalists for 11th grade were Isabel Bouchot, Alexus Harper, Diego Mendez-Montejo, and Jasmyn West.

10th Grade
Terry Riner

Terry Riner

When we first met Terry, he was super quiet in class. It only took him a few weeks to come out of his shell, and before long he was friends with the ENTIRE class. He sits by students from absolutely any background, but what makes him WOM for Diversity is that he finds ways to connect with and understand him. We've never see him work with somebody and not know about their life and culture by the time the period is over. He appreciates and learns about all differences, with a compassionate heart. We're lucky to have him at Erwin.

Other finalists for 10th grade were Jeaneva Aron, Jarelly Gonzalez, Minty Pattarapuwadon, and Destiny Shelton.

9th Grade
Aglael Borjon

Aglael Borjon

Aglael is always willing to help when she is needed. English is her second language, and her struggles with language give her a desire to help others who might be going through the same thing. We can always count on her to talk to newcomer students whose English is evolving and help them feel welcome.

Other finalists for 9th grade were Jamison Bartley, Tori Brice, Sonia Maya, and Josselyn Moreno.

Staff
Nicole Killeen

Nicole Killeen

Ms. Killeen very strong feelings about respecting diversity. One of her favorite aspects of her job is working with newcomers, and she coordinates translating their transcripts through the oral transcripts process. She is very passionate about fairness for students protected under DACA and is diligent about getting assistance from outside agencies and community resources for DACA students. She enjoys getting to know students from other countries and takes an interest in their culture. She works closely with colleagues to refer students to Vamos, Manos, and also Project Discovery. She is an advocate for minority students within our school community and tries to make sure that all students have a voice. She also coordinates resources and support for students who are dealing with additional circumstances, such as our pregnant and parenting students.

Other finalists for staff were Daniel Frisbee, Janette Garcia, Brian McKeown, and Frank Tellez.

Warrior of the Month will continue in May with a focus on excellence.