Twelve high school students at Athlos Leadership Academy in Brownsville, TX were honored at an end of the school year character award ceremony because they exemplify Performance Character traits. Each award recipient was chosen based on their excellence in one of the 12 Performance Character traits that are incorporated into the Athlos curriculum. Students were chosen by their teachers, who wrote the following descriptions about each award recipient Congratulations to our 12 Athlos achievers for being outstanding models of the Athlos Performance Character traits. Here are the students who exemplify the Performance Character
Social intelligence: Miss Shannon Guajardo
This student shows that she truly cares for others and works to help anyone who needs help or may struggle with an assignment. Her first thought is always about everyone being involved and having the opportunity to engage and participate.
Curiosity: Miss Hailey Leal
This student has shown curiosity in the classroom by always asking detailed questions on “why” and “how.” When she notices an idea she likes, she runs with it to make it better and always gives compliments to those who came up with the great ideas.
Courage: Mr. Romeo Contreras
This student displays courage every time he speaks English. He learns more every time he practices. It takes great courage to speak another language that is not your first. He has shown courage!
Integrity: Mr. Paul Barrera
Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, expectations, and outcomes. Our choice to represent this character trait accomplishes this and more. He is a great example of a person who chooses his thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.
Leadership: Miss Valeria Pineda
This student has shown leadership through the club Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She works hard to get everyone involved in the club. She is always coming up with new ideas to make the club more interesting and involved in the community. Lessons are rotated each week but she always makes sure that the person who is giving the lesson has all the help they need.
Creativity: Miss Milandra Bossolo
The best use of imagination is creativity. This student does just this. She uses her imagination to create a variety of art pieces and allows herself to transcend traditional ideas into original ones. Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Without a doubt, when she is presented with a project she uses her intelligence to create the best she can give and it demonstrates in her work that she enjoyed every minute of it.
Optimism: Mr. Luis Pulido
This student is very optimistic at all times. We have never heard him say a negative thing about others or himself. During tough and rough times, he is always smiling and does not give up. He accepts failure and learns from it. He is always determined to improve and sets his mind to achieving his goals. He likes to motivate his classmates in times of trouble. This student is very optimistic regardless of the circumstances.
Humility: Miss Yesica Lopez
The definition of humility is the state of not thinking you are better than other people. Even though she has almost perfect grades in algebra class, she will always try to get better, she will help her fellow classmates without hesitation, and never draws attention to herself. She displays humility every day.
Energy/Zest: Miss Laura Macias
Positive energy is contagious and creates positive outcomes. Here at Athlos, energy and zest are traits that are demonstrated through many students. This student is a great example of always feeling energetic and creating positive vibes to those around her by always smiling and being engaged in all she does.
Focus/Self-Control: Mr. Bernardo Cisneros
No matter what class he is in, or what is going on around him, this student shows the ability to direct his attention to the task given to him. It is not because the task is easy, nor that his surroundings are not entertaining, but he focuses and consistently shows self-control especially in difficult situations.
Initiative: Mr. Alex Espinoza
“Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves and be free.” This student is a great example of this famous quote from Cesar Chavez. He displayed a strong sense of initiative as he founded the first cartoon club of Athlos Leadership Academy. He gathered club members of all grade levels and welcomed them to meetings with a warm smile. His drive and passion in creating a club for cartoonists alike was an act of outstanding initiative.
Grit: Miss Janelle Garza
This student has displayed grit throughout the year. She was determined to do better overall in class and she was successful. If she had a question about something she would ask, ponder, and use problem solving skills. She has shown grit!