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Preparing Every

Student for Success in


College, Career and Life

Alhambra
Bioscience
Bostrom
Trevor G. Browne
Camelback
Central
Cesar Chavez
Cyber
Desiderata
Betty H. Fairfax
Franklin
Carl Hayden
Maryvale
Metro Tech
North
South Mountain
Suns-Diamondbacks
Kent P. Scribner, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Dr. Quintin Boyce
Principal

BIOSCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL
512 East Pierce Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
www.BioscienceHS.org
(602) 764-5600


April 16, 2014



To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to recommend Ms. Alexa Queenie Tagaban for any program she wishes to
apply for. In my years of teaching, Alexa has been one of the most remarkable students that
I have had the privilege to teach. I first met Alexa when she was a freshman student at
Bioscience High School. She was recommended to the high school, because she liked the
more hands-on learning, collaborative environment, science focus, and inquiry-based
learning that we offer. As a freshman, she was a little shy, but quickly came out of her
shell. She found every opportunity to be involved in projects, where she got to work with
upper-classmen and engage with her peers. That first year, she took on many clubs, and
surveyed the options, and opportunities available to her.

Sophomore year is where I really saw her shine. She had figured out her passions, much
earlier than her peers, and was ready to strive for above and beyond all teacher
expectations. The only behavior issues I ever had with her was that she would just keep
learning and reading when we asked her to move on. We would joke that she was the only
students I would ask to stop researching and reading. She is an avid reader, and was part of
the group that I coined the book club. That year, I had Queenie for two hours a day, in a
humanities block, where she learned world history and English. We did many collaborative
research projects, and Queenie always surpassed my expectations. Queenie would think so
much out of the box, that I had a hard time grading her presentations. She is able to make
connections with everything she learns, to everything she learns. She found ways to
connect every literary piece and novel we read, with every historical unit we covered. She
also found ways to connect all historical units to current day topics and issues. And, of
course, she always was passionate about her projects because she found a niche that she
was passionate about. She thrives on interdisciplinary work.

Junior year, I also had the privilege of having Queenie for a two-hour block, for American
History and English. She was now heading many of the clubs on campus, tutoring friends
and colleagues, and again surpassing all teacher expectations. She was involved with
student government and NHS. She is also a great teammate, and in group projects as she
works very well with others.

This year I do not see Queenie in the classroom daily, but she is still very involved in her
school, and with outside projects. She is currently the involved in our schools National
Honor Society, where she is an officer, and continues to be a part of student government.

Overall I feel she is an exceptional student, with amazing potential. Her fiery passion is
extraordinary, and her drive is awesome. It is this drive that will help her succeed in the
Preparing Every
Student for Success in
College, Career and Life

Alhambra
Bioscience
Bostrom
Trevor G. Browne
Camelback
Central
Cesar Chavez
Cyber
Desiderata
Betty H. Fairfax
Franklin
Carl Hayden
Maryvale
Metro Tech
North
South Mountain
Suns-Diamondbacks
Kent P. Scribner, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Dr. Quintin Boyce
Principal

BIOSCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL
512 East Pierce Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
www.BioscienceHS.org
(602) 764-5600
medical field. She dreams of becoming a doctor, and working with children. She will be
very good at this, and will work hard to get there. She was also a part of the medical
pathway at our school focusing her studies on anatomy physiology, and epidemiology. She
is currently serving as an intern at the Arizona Science Center in their Body department.
She has also been a part of various summer programs working in the science and medicine
as well as volunteering at the local hospital. Queenie is a great student with big dreams.
She will one day work on the medical field and I am sure she will be great at it. She will
also be successful in anything she puts her mind to. I whole-heartily recommend her for
any program she chooses to apply for; as I know she will not only grow from it, but share
her knowledge with others.

For further questions feel free to contact me,



Jessica Popham
Bioscience High School
(602) 764-5600