Apollo Hawks Honored by GUHSD Governing Board

GUHSD Governing Board Celebrates Apollo 2018-2019 Achievement Above All Recipients
Posted on 2019/06/03
November 2018 – The Glendale Union High School District’s annual Achievement Above All event celebrates a handful of individuals from each school that exhibit outstanding leadership and exceptional accomplishments. One teacher, student, student group, support staff member and volunteer are honored for their ongoing commitment to the district and school’s community. This time, Apollo High School achievers were recognized by the GUHSD Governing Board at its regular meeting on Nov. 7. 

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient: 

Teacher of the Year was awarded to Frank Coloma. He currently serves as a culinary teacher and has taught at Apollo for the past six years. 

Before landing in his role at Apollo, Mr. Coloma served five years in the military and even attended nursing school. However, it wasn’t until he enrolled in a culinary program, received a culinary degree and began teaching classes when he realized his true passion.

In 2010, Mr. Coloma started teaching adult culinary classes at Scottsdale Company, Sur La Table and realized his true calling – teaching, Apollo Principal Brooke Parsons said.  

Frank explained that his passion for teaching culinary arts comes from emphasizing how significant food is in today’s world. 

“I am most passionate about teaching life skills/employability skills and real expectations of what life after high school is,” he said. “I am proud of what my students can accomplish after a year of taking culinary arts and I always express how important food is and how it’s universal.”

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Achievement Above All Student Recipient:

Samantha Watson earned this school year’s Student of the Year award. As a highly involved and academically high-performing student, Samantha has made an impact in the Hawk community.

“Currently, Samantha has a weighted GPA of 4.3. In her junior and senior year combined, she has taken seven AP classes,” Parsons said. Not only does Samantha excel academically, but she excels in choir, theatre, best buddies, color guard and swim to name a few.”

Her teachers, swim coaches and mother are her biggest supporters. “Sammy is an awesome kid with a great heart. She works hard every day, not only doing her best on her own work, but her best to help others as well,” her AP Calculus teacher said. 

Parsons said that Samantha is filled with ambition and will continue to achieve success after graduation.

“You have a selfless determination to help others and have been a delight to work with,” Parsons said. “We are proud of you and look forward to seeing all of the great things that you accomplish upon graduation.”

Samantha Watson 1 Samantha Watson 2

Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient:

Choir, sponsored by Gabriel Frongillo, was honored as Apollo’s Student Group of the Year. The purpose of choir is to better the Hawk community through musical excellence, student leadership and concerts. 

Another GUHSD Choir Director shares that the Apollo Choir program has grown tremendously over the past five years and has a group of outstanding performers.
“Apollo Choir members are solid performers who don’t just sing notes on a page, but make the music come to life with dynamics, body language, interpretation and so much more,” Greenway Choir Director JJ Rafferty said.

Apollo Choir credits their director for their improvement and solid performances, Parsons said. “They expressed that Mr. Frongillo is enthusiastic, professional, kind, cares about them and helps them grow vocally,” she said.

Mr. Frongillo says that choir’s future goals are to increase community outreach through musical excellence, tour across the country and to bring vocal music in to the school community. 

Choir 1 Choir 2

Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient:

The Support Staff of the Year award went to long-time employee, Paula Perez. She has held several positions at Apollo before finally landing in her current position. 

Her employment with Apollo began 13 years ago as a part-time cafeteria worker and within six months she became the head cook. The following year, she was promoted to student coordinator lead. Now, she is currently serving as the cafeteria manager, a role she took on in 2014.

According to Parsons, Paula is a top-notch employee. “Paula has great work ethic and is concerned about every detail of the cafeteria at all times. She is a true definition of a leader and we can’t thank her enough for her commitment to Apollo High School,” Parsons said.

When Paula is not serving kids food in the school cafeteria, she can be found supporting the community and school.
She attends several events during the school year and has volunteered with the booster club for the past 10 years to help support Apollo clubs and sports. 

Paula Perez 1 Paula Perez 2

Achievement Above All Volunteer Recipient:

Ryan and Allison Livingstone were named Apollo’s two Volunteer of the Year recipients. “Ryan and Allison Livingstone are the ideal parents. They actively participate in their children’s education and contribute to the Apollo community,” Parsons said.

Although the couple volunteers their time at Apollo, they do assist very different programs. 

Ryan has volunteered with the freshman wrestling team over the past two years. “Coach Livingstone has been a very positive influence on our freshmen wrestlers. He has dedicated countless hours even through difficult personal times,” said Apollo Wrestling Coach Minolio.

Meanwhile, Allison has dedicated her time to Apollo’s drama department. She helps the club by costuming the productions and finding the best outfits for their shows. “When I volunteer I feel like I’ve done something helpful and useful which helps me to face the everyday challenges I am presented with,” she said.

Parsons explained her appreciation for the couple and their dedication to the school. “Ryan and Allison – your strength in the toughest of times and the support you show for your children, as well as the Apollo community, is admirable. Thank you for making Apollo High School a better place.” 

Ryan & Allison Livingstone 1 Ryan & Allison Livingstone 2

Congratulations to each of Apollo’s Achievement Above All recipients. We are grateful for your contributions to Apollo High School and the Glendale Union High School District community.

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