Geneseo High School principal Mike Haugse believes in student recognition and he has worked to make that happen at GHS.
In addition to various means of showcasing athletic achievements, the main hallway at GHS now includes five new glass cases/bulletin boards, to honor academic accomplishments of students.
"We have great athletic recognition in our front entry area, and we wanted to expand the recognition to include academics," Haugse said. "We gathered ideas in traveling to other buildings and schools who have similar displays."
He added, "Our main goal with these bulletin boards is academic recognition. There are a lot of kids who work real hard on their studies, and we wanted to install a permanent, prominent, daily reminder of their efforts. A secondary goal relates to the fact that we always want people to do their best. Maybe getting this type of recognition and acknowledgement will be something a student may need; they will want to see their name on the board and will work to achieve that."
Funding for the five new cases/bulletin boards came from the money remaining in the Class of 2012's fund-raising account after graduation.
"In the recent past, we have used graduating class funds for hallway announcement kiosks and improved landscaping around our campus," Haugse said.
The five new boards honor: Illinois State Scholars, National Merit Scholars, AP Scholars, students with perfect attendance, National Honor Society members, National Technical Honor Society members, students named to the honor roll and the Student of the Quarter recipient and nominees.