The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 9, 2001 · Page 26
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8 MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL ORGANIZATIONS FROM PAGE 7 on the Alpha List honor roll. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Gifted Education Program. She received the Lamp of Learning Award in 2000 and participated in the Summer League Band, Jurgensmeyer has lettered in band, pep band, stage band and flag corps. She earned a I rating at the state fair with the pep band. She has also lettered in scholar bowl, forensics and received a I rating and an honorable mention at the state forensics meet. Jurgensmeyer was involved in the Emporia State Scholarship Test, receiving third in biology, honorable mention in health and honorable mention in English in 2000. Jurgensmeyer is a seven- year member of the Pleasant Valley 4 -H Club where she was secretary and reporter. She has been a junior leader member. She is secretary-treasurer of the Ottawa County 4 -H Council. She is a member of her church youth group, teaches at vacation Bible school and helps with child care. Jurgensmeyer has served her community by picking up trash and collecting and recycling items. She has helped the Salina Rescue Mission by serving food and wrapping Christmas presents. She has helped at the food bank arid attended the Girl Scout Leadership Sabbatical in St. Louis in 2000. Cathy Ko, daughter of Doug and Hyun Ko, Salina, is a junior at Salina South High School. Ko has been on her school honor roll and is a Renaissance Gold Card KO holder. She has received academic letters. She has been a member of the debate team, attending regional, state and national forensics league debate. She received the Greatest Contribution of a Novice Debater Award, Debater of the Year Award, Greatest Contribution of a Varsity Debater Award, received a debate letter and has served as vice president of the debate team. She has participated in Stanford (University) Intense Debate Study at Stanford National Forensics Institute. She was the Noon Optimist Oratorical Contest first-place winner in ninth grade. Ko has been involved in forensics and has received a letter. She is a national forensics league member, serving as vice president. Her awards from the national forensics league include sapphire, ninth grade; single ruby and double ruby, 10th grade; and triple ruby, 11th grade. Ko has served as junior varsity chorus accompanist in ninth grade and sang in varsity chorus in 10th grade. She has lettered in vocal, has been involved in orchestra and has been a member of the All-District Orchestra. She received a I rating in piano at regional and a II rating at state. Ko has been involved in volleyball and swimming. She is a member of the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes and represents her class at student council. She has participated in Increase the Peace and Peer Meditation. She is a member of Junior Leadership Salina, attended the Attorney General's Summit to Increase the Peace Leadership Conferences and was selected to attend Presidential Classroom Scholars Program in Washington, D.C. In addition to her other, awards,. Ko has received the Perfect Attendance Award and Superintendents Excellence Award. Ko tutored other students and is involved with Breakfast Buddies. She has been a D.A.R.E. camp counselor and a D.A.R.E. role model. Ko is active in her church youth group and occasionally plays piano and sings in church choir. MILITARY NATIONAL GUARD: Sgt. Gary Jaquis was promoted March 9 to staff sergeant by Regional Training Site for Maintenance commander Maj. Greg Salisbury. Jaquis is a full-time Army National Guardsman who instructs JAQUIS maintenance classes at the Salina facility. Gifted / Brains offer no guarantee FROM PAGE 1 Like others with special needs, Scuitte said, a gifted student might need specially tailored programs. "We sometimes have to modify how teaching is done. There might be less emphasis on daily work," she said. "They might only have to do four math problems instead of 20 to understand a concept, or they might just have to see one problem done to grasp it." Making such a student work 20 pirobleras for a daily homework grade just bores or even frustrates therh. "There's a difference between a mathematician and someone who can do math problems," she said. And there's a difference between a high academic achiever and a gifted kid." The difference: "Truly gifted kids have a passion for something; math, art, music, computers, and they'll forgo anything to continue learning that thing." And, she said, sometimes the things they'll forgo include sleeping, combing their hair and even making sure they wear matching shoes. Social skills often suffer as well. "Their brains are just ahead of their bodies," she says, describing the problems a kid can have when they're fifth- grade age and already in middle school, or 16 and attending college. "The other kids don't pick on them, but they just feel out of place." Sometimes it's little things, likeja boy who is embarrassed to shower after gym class with the other boys, and solving it can be as low-key as a coach letting him go to the showers a few minutes before everyone else. 'she's helped students through not getting dates to the prom and other teen-age tragedies but found it's worked both ways. "When I had cancer last , year, many of them went out of their way to make me feel better," she said. "My hair fell out, and the boys said I would fit right in on the swim team or the wrestling team. They aU shave their heads." "They're my kids. They're family to me." Getting to know students is important to being able to teach them, she said. That's a lesson she learned her first year of teaching, in 1963 in BrookviUe, where she was hired to teach music. When the school year started, the marching band could play well, but their marching skills left something to be desired. And the band was scheduled to perform at the Kansas State Fair in a few short weeks. With a flash of inspiration, she went to area farms and gathered a substantial amount of manurci which she placed so the band could either put their feet in the right place or step in the manure. "For them, it was a tiptoe through the tulips," she said. "These were farm kids, and stepping in manure didn't bother them. I learned an important lesson: You'd better find out a kid's backgrovmd and what wiU make an impact on them, not what you think wUl make an impact." Support and \mderstanding from parents is even more important than support at school, Scuitte said. For no matter how smart kids are, their potential wUl never be reached without self- discipline. While many of her students have earned big scholarships and gone on to top universities, "to say every student who comes through here graduates with accolades and scholar­ ships just isn't true. Some get through with 2.1 CPAs." The difference: a lack of self- discipline, which starts at home. "Parents are essential in every student's learning years," she said. "A kid who comes home to an empty house or where everyone just watches TV all night isn't going to do as weU as a kid whose parents are involved." r DID YOU KNOW... Tobacco kills 1,100 Americans per day, or one American every 75 seconds Name 9 County H«a/^ y /mi fir UdW er W^il Driiling Services -•IJ^ldfritidl Supply ^•Uv^stock - •Pyrnp Sales & Installation -Gebthermal Heat Pump Weils -Professlona) Geological Services 785-826-1616 Salina, KS GIBSOIC^ PHARMACY &: OPTICAL Yes... We're Still Here!!! In the same location for 30 years! 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