Outstanding students from high schools in the Perris Union High School District were honored recently as Students of the Month.
The Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce organize the presentations. The students are nominated by their teachers and staff at their respective school sites and are chosen for their character, integrity, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, community service, and how they make a difference on their high school campus.
Heritage High School’s Student of the Month is Adam Jenks. Adam is involved in a number of clubs and activities, including Link Crew and drama. He is also the founder, and president, of the most recent government club, Modern American Patriotic Students. According to the club’s advisor, Ms. McPhail, Adam keeps everyone on their toes, and is a hilarious person to be around. Adam thanked everyone and said that one of the biggest life lessons he’s learned was to have positivity and generosity. He plans to attend Stanford University to obtain his degree in computer engineering.
Chase Roland is Paloma Valley High School’s Student of the Month. According to Assistant Principal Dr. Pauline Garcia, Chase is a well-rounded student and is very community services oriented. She also noted that just about all the staff shared the same views of Chase in that she is one of the most humble, nicest, and sweetest people on campus. Chase said that she is very thankful for her parents, and that they have always encouraged and supported her to do the things she wants. Chase plans to attend UC Irvine, UC Riverside, or UC San Diego to study multiple languages and become a translator.
Perris Lake High School’s honoree is Natalie Laguna, who, according to her English teacher, Ms. Lannerhag, started out as a very shy and withdrawn student. However, over time she began to show determination to the point of becoming a mentor for other students, and becoming a true leader at Perris Lake. Natalie admitted to hating school at one time but made the decision to change, and learned to get excited about school after teachers there showed how much they cared about her. Natalie shared that she’s now excited about the future, and plans to attend college to become an esthetician or physical therapist.
Perris High School’s Student of the Month is Hai Vu. Hai is involved in a number of clubs and activities including the decathlon team, FNL, National Honor Society, and others. She is also a finalist for the QuestBridge Scholarship and is described by Principal Nicholas Hilton as a well-rounded student. Hai admitted that she was initially scared of AP calculus as a sophomore but started to overcome it while starting a calculus club, which now holds annual competitions. She plans to attend UCLA to obtain her PhD in bio medical engineering and eventually open her own lab, and make healthcare more affordable.
December’s students and their families attended a luncheon sponsored by the Perris and Menifee Chambers of Commerce along with local businesses and organizations. Principals and teachers from each high school shared stories about the students and they each received certificates of recognition, numerous gifts, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.
All of these students demonstrated a desire to work hard and have a drive to exceed others and their own expectations. The Perris Valley Chamber and the Menifee Valley Chamber wish them the best in their endeavors. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founder, Sally Myers at (951) 506-8024.
Joan Wakeland-Taylor was born in 1941 in Jamaica West Indies. She graduated in 1964 as a Pharmacist from the University of Technology in Jamaica West Indies and owned and operated 3 Pharmacies in Jamaica.
Things were scary in 1977 and she feared for her son’s life as well as her own so she migrated to New Jersey with only $50.00 for her and $50.00 for her son as that is all that was allowed to take out of the country. They stayed in New Jersey for 6 weeks and then came to California.
She could not get a job as a Pharmacist in the US so she became a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative and worked for several companies, In 1990 she became a Senior Medical Representative and joined AstraZeneca in September 2000 to the Present Day.
She raised her two sons on her own by working hard while at the same time being a role model as a mother. She put them through college and they are both successful today. One of her greatest thrills is that she recently became a grandmother.
Joan was a member of my Menifee Nafe and in June stepped into the Director slot of the Rancho Cucamonga Nafe network. Go to www.wrnafe.com and you can find the meeting location information. The December 19th meeting was also Joan’s 72nd birthday and the room was packed with members and guests. A great band played to not only celebrate the holiday NAFE gathering but her birthday as well.
In addition to NAFE, Joan is a member of the American Business Women’s Association, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Joan has won many awards over the years and I recently nominated her for a Rising Star award for NAWBO Corona Chapter for their 2014 awards event.
Joan is a woman of commitment; she is totally passionate about the work that she is doing. A woman of connection, she is able to accomplish results through relationships and influence. A woman who makes consistent contributions to her community and her business, she has a track record of success and possesses deep levels of competence, knowledge and creditability. She is a woman with a can-do attitude who is positive and has the courage to take risks and step outside of her comfort zone.
After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles, John Foster took first place in the Masters Division at the 2013 Pokémon City Championships in San Diego, CA. Along with the coveted title and City Championship trophy, John earned valuable Championship Points that count toward a potential invitation to compete at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships in Washington D.C. In addition, players that achieve a top Championship Points ranking after the 2014 Spring Regional Championships in April will earn Travel Awards to compete at the 2014 Pokémon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis next summer.
Premier Championship events are sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International and locally managed by Premier Tournament Organizers who run hundreds of Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments every year throughout North America. Collectively they oversee tens of thousands of Pokémon competitors who train and compete at various local league events and sanctioned tournaments on their quest to become a Pokémon World Champion.
“The Pokémon City Championships are special because they are a great way for new players participating in premiere events for the first time to compete alongside more experienced players in a game they really enjoy,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We’re excited to follow these local players as they continue to battle throughout the season, including at upcoming Pokémon State and Regional Championships, and perhaps making it to the 2014 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, D.C.”
Players of all ages and skills are encouraged to participate in Organized Play events. For more information on future tournaments including dates, locations, prizes, and tournament rules and regulations, visit www.pokemon.com/play.
Be sure to “Like” the official Pokémon Facebook page at Facebook.com/Pokemon and follow Pokémon on Twitter @Pokemon for the latest Pokémon news and fun!
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.
Payden Ackerman, 26, is a well-trained playwright who after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from Cal State Fullerton and Master of Arts in Theater Studies from Central Washington University decided to return back to his hometown of Menifee to help further enrich the growing presence of the theater arts.
As a student at Paloma Valley High School, Ackerman had a strong interest in musical theater. His teacher that inspired him to take theater seriously was the infamous Greg Newman who works at Heritage High School.
“He is the main reason I am doing this today,” said Ackerman.
After taking his first playwright class in college, Ackerman’s career path in theater as a playwright finally came into focus.
“Playwriting is creating a world on stage. As the playwright, you’re almost an architect. You are creating a blue print for this world that everyone else is filling in” said Ackerman. “That is the most exciting part for me, seeing what everyone else wants to bring to that blue print.”
Upon returning, Ackerman has landed an Associate Faculty teaching position at Mt. San Jacinto College and has aligned himself with Arts Council Menifee’s Theater Division to help curate a program called “Pen to Production”. The first presentation from this program will debut in the Fall, 2014.
“Pen to Production” is a creative literary and theatrical process envisioned by the Chair of Arts Council Menifee’s Theater Arts Division Linda Denverand her husband John, who is a Menifee City Councilman, in the hopes of creating a play that would educate the community on Menifee’s history through the lens of theater.
“The goal is to compose interesting material that we could use for a full theatrical production about the history of Menifee,” said Ackerman. “The play will be a way of examining our past through theatrical techniques.”
The format of the play is structured using 10 minute vignettes, each composed by individual students of the playwriting courses.
“These related vignettes which examine Menifee’s history may be humorous, dramatic, or even abstract,” said Ackerman. “It’s going to mirror the entertainment that people see in Youtube videos, such that each video is sort of self-contained and may also be related.”
“It evolved from the idea of teaching the community their history, and doing it through a playwright class,” said Mrs. Denver. “ The sessions provide the students with the skills to develop characters, plot, story structure and so forth.”
Ackerman was able to act as a guide rather than a traditional teacher for these students Awho signed up for these low cost playwright courses. Another playwriting session will be offered in the Spring of 2014.
“One very important thing for me is telling the story that you want to tell,” said Ackerman. “For a lot of these writers, it was the first play they had written and we really saw some exceptional work from people who have never done this before. It was a really inspiring for me, as teacher, to witness.”
Ackerman gave the students the freedom to explore their own ideas and connections to Menifee to share with the public through an artistic medium.
“With theater arts, not only does it draw together all of the arts such as, music, dance, visual, and the performing arts, but it’s also drawing the community together with all of those pieces put into one organization, one city, and one production,” said Mrs. Denver.
“[Theater] is a one of a kind experience that brings everyone together in one moment. I think the strength of what theater does is to bring a group of people into a shared experience and I think that’s valuable. It’s something that we need since we lack those shared experiences,” said Ackerman.
The final production of the play is going to be a memorable one due to its unique ability provide courses for community members to construct scripts and produce a play that will largely impact the community.
“Coming back to Menifee was a blessing for me. I wanted there to be more theater opportunities when I was living here, and now I find myself in a position to be able to contribute to that, which is very satisfying,” said Ackerman.
Menifee Plumbing hopes all of you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Now that all of you’re out of town guests and family has left and your fridge is over flowing with left over foods from the Holiday’s, where is it all supposed to go?
Some of you may have thrown it in the trash or froze until trash day and others may have put it down the kitchen sink garbage disposal. Do you really know what to throw down your garbage disposal or kitchen drain line? The answer is nothing. That’s right, nothing.
The name “garbage disposal” is very misleading. Although it was designed to grind up food it may not be the best way to dispose of it. Eighty-five percent of kitchen drain back ups are due to food that has been dumped down the disposal. The food then backs up in the drain system and can not pass through. Potato, orange, carrot, and lemon peels, lettuce, and vegetables in general should not be put down the garbage disposal. Just about anything can cause the drain line to back up in the kitchen. This is due to the 1½” drain and trap on kitchen sinks.
The blockage typically starts in the trap which is located right below the disposal. The trap is easily disassembled by loosening two large fittings. Once loosened the trap may be removed and cleared. Sometimes a shop vacuum is needed to clear other food from the drain line. Once the blockage has been cleared water can be ran through the line to clear any other debris.
The main thing to always remember NOT to put in the drain is grease. You see, grease leaves a residue that thickens. When food particles are disposed of in the drain they will attach to this grease and start forming a blockage. So most importantly do not put grease down the drain. Always drain grease into a can or container after cooking and let it stand and cool then throw it in the trash. When you see the grease that has cooled in the can or container you will notice the substance that we were talking about. The same rule applies to food, trimmings, and leftovers. This will keep your drain lines flowing and your plumbing costs down during the holidays.
For a backed up drain line or for an inspection of your garbage disposal or a quote for a new one call Menifee Plumbing by Falco and Son’s. A simple service call will do!
Sincerely, Tony Falco
Menifee Plumbing 951-679-0732
Meet Delane Rineer. A survivor. A mother of three. A committed girlfriend. A daughter. A strong, young, beautiful woman fighting her own battle right here in our town. For the last year we have followed her journey and kept in touch with her and her family. Cancer knows no age, no gender, no race. It strikes so many, too many, every single day. Delane is a wonderful reason why giving up the fight should never be an option. We asked her to share her story with us. We wish her the very best in the New Year! In her own words she tells us her battle with the beast.
Survivor...what does that mean to me? Well it means a lot. It isn't just a show on television for me, it is real life. On November 13, 2012 I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. It was by far the hardest day of my life. I had a hysterectomy to remove the cancer and sure enough, I received biopsy results from my oncologist after surgery stating that the cancer was in my lymph nodes as well. Not the news I wanted to hear. I was told I was going to need to have chemotherapy and radiation.
So it began. The list was getting longer and longer as each day passed. I just wanted to hear good news and all I heard was nothing but bad news. Issues kept popping up from infection, blood transfusions, vomiting, nausea, fevers, multiple surgeries, pain, lack of sleep, more pain, kidney issues, many trips to the ER, many rides via ambulance. It just kept coming and I just kept fighting. I have to say that I don't know where I would be if my boyfriend Milton wasn't here holding my hand and pushing me to fight harder. This man had to watch his father pass away from cancer as a young child and then had to watch me go through the battle as well. I told myself I would never give up and I didn't.
My children were worried sick about me. They're so young and shouldn't have to worry about anything at all. The kids and Milton were the reason I kept fighting. I would think of all of them and tell myself fight for them, fight hard, stay positive, and keep pushing forward. One bump turned into two bumps, two bumps turned into four bumps and so on. One month healing time turned into 8 months of off and on issues. It was a nightmare. I was being pushed around in a wheelchair because I could barely walk. I was in bed for so long that I lost almost all the muscle in my legs.
In less than a year, I lost over 70 pounds. I didn't even look like the same person. When things did start to look better I had to fight to be normal again. At first I could barely walk down the hallway on my own. Not sure if my life would always be this way. Would I have to have someone always help me do the normal things? Well I have something wonderful to tell you folks. I'm getting stronger and stronger as each day passes. Even though I still have a few small hurdles left in front of me, I won't ever stop fighting and I will never give up! Cancer has made me open my eyes and appreciate things more. It's shown me that I have a lot to live for and I don't plan on going anywhere any time soon. Hopefully sharing my story will help others going through the battle and help them see that there isn't always a bad end result battling cancer. Fight hard. Fight to Live. Remember always PMA All Day! (Positive Mental Attitude)~Delane Rineer
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