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September 2022 Board Recognitions

The start of the school year means the return of Board of Trustee Recognitions.

During the regularly scheduled September meeting, the Board honored the following students and staff for their hard work and recent accomplishments:

ROTC Cadet Brooklyn Reames

ROTC Cadet Brooklyn Reames with ROTC Instructors

The Board recognized ROTC Cadet, Brooklyn Reames for many of her accomplishments. Cadet Reames is a Joshua Precision Rifle Team member and the NJROTC unit’s 3rd Platoon Commander. In July, Cadet Reames traveled with the rifle team to Camp Perry, Ohio to represent Texas at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 3P National Junior Olympics. Later that month, she made it to the finals at a CMP match in Anniston, Alabama. In August, she competed in a standing competition at TCU. Although she did not make finals, she beat out half of the NCAA shooters present and shot a score that will garner automatic qualification to USA Shooting Teams Olympic Qualification match next Spring. Cadet Reames is an honor student and a member of the Dance Team. She will serve as the Master of Ceremonies at the Navy Ball on October 5th.

ROTC Cadet Ryland Aguzzi

ROTC Cadet Ryland Aguzzi with ROTC instructors

The Board recognized ROTC Cadet Ryland Aguzzi for many of his recent accomplishments. Cadet Aguzzi is the Armed Drill Team Co-Captain and NJROTC Public Affairs Officer. In June, Cadet Aguzzi traveled to Tarleton State University for the North Texas Leadership Academy; fifteen area NJROTC units participated. Cadet Aguzzi was named Honor Cadet at the end of the course for having the highest cumulative grade for the Physical Fitness Test, Academic Tests, Uniform Inspection, and Leadership. He is also the Joshua NJROTC Color Guard Commander.  At Joshua High School, Cadet Aguzzi has an excellent reputation as an honor student and standout cross country athlete. Cadet Aguzzi will perform with the Armed Drill Team at the Navy Ball on October 5th.

Staples ES Teacher Kristen Jackson

Staples Elementary Teacher Kristen Jackson with Principal Kate Howell

The Board recognized Staples Elementary teacher Kristen Jackson for representing Joshua ISD and Staples Elementary as a Region 11 Teacher of the Year nominee. She is an amazing 2nd grade teacher who is always willing to go above and beyond for her students. Kristen communicates her expectations and her students rise to those expectations. She creates excellent partnerships with parents.

Board and Superintendent's Secretary Emily Owen

Superintendent Marek recognizing Secretary Emily Owen

The Board recognized Superintendent Secretary, Emily Owen for the time and effort put in during planning and organizing many events including, most recently, the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on September 2, 2022. Mrs. Owen is also the Election Officer for the district and does an outstanding job overseeing the election process with the utmost professionalism. 

Communications and Public Relations Director Zoheb Hassanali

Communications & Public Relations Director Zoheb Hassanali with Superintendent Fran Marek

The Board recognized the Director of Communications and Public Relations, Zoheb Hassanali, for his award-winning entries at the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Conference in the spring. Joshua ISD's Communications Department proudly touts the success of our students and staff 364 days a year. But on Wednesday, February 24, the department earned its own recognition. JISD earned 22 awards for marketing and various other publications at the 60th Annual Star Awards, hosted by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA). Of those, 13 were selected as Gold Stars, and one of the Gold Stars won a Best in Category medal (Spanish Kindergarten Roundup Flyer). JISD also earned nine Silver Stars.