A Wee Bit Better
A new award at David Douglas High School. The selection criteria that we are looking for in the nomination process. Nominees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character. We want them to be not only winners in their respective sports, but as individuals in their school community as well.
Michelle Tapia - Senior - Soccer
Michelle spent the off-season learning a new position at my request. Due to her hard work, she is now one of the starting forwards for our team. Michelle leads by example-always hustling, pushing herself in drills, and asking if I need help setting up practice. She has 2 goals and 2 assists so far this season.
Porter Evers - Junior- Cross Country
As a junior, Porter went from a JV athlete last year to one of our top varsity runners this season. He is the ultimate teammate by having a positive attitude and does a great job of building up his teammates that are around him. He's very good about keeping his teammates focused in practice, scouts out our opponents and has prepared notecards of our upcoming competition. On top of that Porter has a great work ethic in practice and is continually pushing to be the best runner he can be.
After our senior goalkeeper decided to not play this season, Skylar and I had a heart to heart about what that meant for her as a player. Essentially, Skylar's role shifted from getting both field and goal time to 100% in goal. This was hard for Skylar as she loves to play on the field and is not a goalkeeper for her club team. Skylar's willingness to sacrifice her personal desires for the good of the team and develop herself as a goalkeeper is one of the reasons we have been so successful this season. She's had multiple games where her amazing saves were the difference between a win and a loss. Skylar maintains a 3.56 and is well-liked and respected by her teachers, teammates, and peers.
Mohammed Ahmed - Cross Country- Junior-
Mohamed has shown huge improvements in his running and contributions to the team. A JV athlete from last year, Mohamed has played a large role on our varsity team by setting personal goals and doing everything asked of him by his coaches. He talks mindset, toughness and training with his teammates and has backed up his talk with his performances. Mohamed is a very positive teammate who looks for the good that can come out of every challenge.
Kadyn Skipper- Junior- Swim-
Kadyn is a team leader and sets the attitude for our girls team. She has had a great off season getting herself in the best shape of her life. She works extremely hard in the pool and in the weight room. She is the leader in demonstrating what weight room fitness can do for you in the water.
Johnny Martinez- Wrestling
Johnny is the perfect student athlete to have on any team. He is off to a good start this season improving his wrestling skills very quickly and is now a top contender in the conference. He is a phenomenal student/athlete with his leadership skills and vocal leadership. Johnny always has a positive attitude and a tremendous work ethic. He is encouraging to all athletes on the team and is always in the mood to boost people positively. He is amazing at being a team player and helping with any task and always a volunteers to work when help is needed in any way. He supports his teammates and cares deeply about the health and status of those around him. He is outgoing and always looking to better himself and those around him. Johnny holds a 3.7 GPA and is a student council member.
LaMirra started our season not medically cleared to participate due to some health concerns. She not only continued to work to get cleared, but she was at every practice, helping with the varsity team as well as the Freshmen team, doing anything we asked to help the team, even though we were not sure she would be cleared at all this season. LaMirra continued to push to get cleared and was able to in December, and since then has done a great job in working hard to get herself into shape and get her skills back up to speed. LaMirra is a great teammate, extremely coachable, and does whatever she can to help our team every day.
Dakota is a kid who grew up playing in our community sports programs. He is one of the few who still play three sports. This year, as a junior, Dakota will play varsity in all three sports that he plays (football, basketball, baseball). He is a great example of what it means to be a student athlete, as he currently has a 3.7 gpa while participating in three sports. Dakota is a great teammate and he plays a physical style of basketball. He continues to work hard in practice and do whatever is asked of him. Dakota would like to come back and teach 4th grade in the DDHS school district.
Madison Rodriguez -Junior-Dance-
Madison has been on the Winter Dance Team before and is doing a great job as Captain in preparing her teammates for their first competition of the season. Maddy has really grown as Captain since the fall season. She does a great job at breaking down information to help her teammates understand not just what they are doing, but why they need to do it that way. Maddy is a very technically trained dancer and has a very high skill set. Maddy can do double and triple turns and advanced leaps and jumps. She is a featured dancer is this years State routine. She does everything we ask her to do and is always ready to do more. She is also a great student ending the semester with all A's and is also a Wrestling Hostess.
Trenton gives his best effort in everything that he does. He is one of our captains because he does such a great job of leading by example. Trenton is an extremely high character individual. He once again got a 4.0 GPA this semester. Trenton continues to encourage his teammates, and I have never heard him say a negative comment about anyone of them. He is refreshing for players and coaches to be around.
Ella Irish- 9th - Cheer
As a varsity athlete, as a Freshman, Ella is constantly pushing herself to be a standout asset to the team. She competed at the all-state competition in both individual and stunt group performances. She is a hard worker and dedicated to being the best she can be. She never complains. Not only is she talented but Ella also completed her first semester with straight A's, and never once faltered in the classroom this past semester!
Rocky Chavez- 12th- Basketball
Rocky is the ultimate teammate! For a guy that sometimes does not get in the game, he keeps such a positive attitude and is still a verbal leader from the bench. Rocky comes to practice every day with a desire to get better and to make his teammates better. Rocky was the most verbal leader on our team and is constantly shouting out encouragement and instruction to his teammate...reminding them of the game plan. One of my favorite moments this year is when Rocky hit a 3 pointer toward the end of our 2nd Centennial game and our bench erupted in excitement for Rocky the same way that he had cheered them on all year.