Willowbrook presents 2021-22 first-quarter Outstanding Students and Outstanding Teacher

Pictured are the Willowbrook students who were recognized as Outstanding Students during an event in their honor on Oct. 7. They are (back row, from left) junior Ruzaina Syeda, freshman Maya Eatman, junior Mahnoor Fatani, sophomore Ariel Alba Hoda, senior Penelope DelValle, (front row, from left) senior Scott Fitzgerald, junior Julliana Quillao, senior Thomas Guilfoyle, senior Kalista Becker and senior Guadalupe Flores. Senior Connor Rhyce is pictured at right.

Willowbrook science teacher Bradley Schmit (third from left) receives the Outstanding Teacher award on Oct. 7. He was presented by (from left) Willowbrook seniors Tawfic Elghor, Syed Rahman and Naba Khan.

On Oct. 7, 11 Willowbrook students were recognized as Outstanding Students for the first quarter of the 2021-22 school year.

Criteria to be chosen for that award include:

  • Demonstrating extraordinary achievement, outstanding effort, commendable attitude and motivation
  • Ability to overcome obstacles
  • Continuous exemplary performance

During the event, Willowbrook Principal Dr. Daniel Krause and Assistant Principal Dr. Jamie Gourley welcomed the recipients and their families, as well as the staff members who nominated them.

The Outstanding Students are:
Art: Senior Guadalupe Flores

Career and Technical Education (CTE): Senior Kalista Becker

English: Junior Mahnoor Fatani

Learning services: Senior Scott Fitzgerald

Literacy: Junior Julliana Quillao

Math: Junior Ruzaina Syeda

Music: Senior Thomas Guilfoyle

Physical education: Sophomore Ariel Alba Hoda

Science: Senior Connor Rhyce

Social studies: Senior Penelope DelValle

World languages: Freshman Maya Eatman

Willowbrook science teacher Bradley Schmit received the Outstanding Teacher award and was presented by Willowbrook seniors Tawfic Elghor, Naba Khan and Syed Rahman. To earn the Outstanding Teacher award, a staff member must treat teaching as a passion – not just a job, create a positive learning environment where students feel encouraged and supported, use a variety of strategies to engage students, be willing to offer extra support when needed, provide prompt and effective feedback to students on their learning and relate to and understand the viewpoints and perspectives of students.