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Glassford Hill students endorse school with winning essays and mural design

Trib Photo/Sue Tone<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Glassford Hill Middle School honored its essay and mural contest winners this past month during National School Choice Week. Essay winners are seventh-grader Aiden Williams, left, and eighth-grader Parker Dodson, right. Mural design winner is Jordyn Bassford, center.

Trib Photo/Sue Tone<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Glassford Hill Middle School honored its essay and mural contest winners this past month during National School Choice Week. Essay winners are seventh-grader Aiden Williams, left, and eighth-grader Parker Dodson, right. Mural design winner is Jordyn Bassford, center.

Glassford Hill Middle School students celebrated National School Choice week this past month with an essay and mural design contests that resulted in three deserving winners.

"The 448 students at GHMS are choosing excellence through our award-winning iChoose Excellence program," said GHMS Principal Terry Matteson.

At the Jan. 28 assembly, the school recognized seventh-grader Aiden Williams and eighth-grader Parker Dodson for their winning essays. The two students received a $20 gift card, thanks to the school's Parent Teacher Student Organization.

During the assembly, Jordyn Bassford's winning mural proposal was unveiled. Students in the Mural Art class will paint the design on the low block wall that curves around the flagpole at the front of the school. The mural is a joint effort between Jordyn and the students in one of the self-contained resource classes.

"Dr. Matteson wanted a patriotic design with a Glassford flair, so I drew the panther and fireworks," the eighth-grader said.

Jordyn taught herself to draw until she started art classes in seventh and eighth grades. Eventually, she would like to be an animator at Disneyland, a dream she's had since fifth grade.

In his Why I Choose Excellence essay, Aiden wrote, "The teachers at this school give a great sense of security. You never feel like something bad is going to happen to you. They can be strict or fun, but it won't matter to you since they're good teachers and they'll get the point of the lesson across to you in easy, understandable ways."

Aiden also mentioned the plethora of iChoose classes and events like dances and those for students earning good grades.

Parker wrote about how much she liked the school and her supportive teachers.

"When I'm daunted by something, they are always there to dispel my worries. I know when I don't understand something they are always there to help, to tutor me. The staff is kind, patient, and understanding," she wrote.

Parker is member of the school's Science Olympiad team, and the National Junior Honor Society. She also is part of Educational Talent Search, a program dedicated to helping students prepare for the future.

Matteson said more than 85 percent of the community chooses Humboldt Unified School District public schools for their children.

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