The Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2016-2017 Student of the Month program in September 2016. 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.
March’s students and their families attended a breakfast 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.
Heritage High School’s Student of the Month is Miranda Bell. Miranda is involved in a number of activities including National Honor Society, CSF, tennis, and is the founder of the Legacy Club at Heritage. She is also an advanced level four French student. “She is an exemplary young woman who challenges herself by taking rigorous coursework and AP classes” stated Principal, Frank Arce. She has displayed a dedication and commitment to her education. Miranda attributes her academic success to her mom. Coming from a single parent home can be challenging; however, Miranda’s mom has always supported her, teaching her to strive for a good education and to always see the silver lining in life. Miranda has been accepted to five colleges so far but would like to attend UC San Diego to major in nano-technology and to go on and work in research and development.
California Military Institute’s (CMI) Nathan Hartford is March’s Student of the Month. He is their Link Crew Commissioner and as a leader in this capacity, he has organized session in tutoring, as well as organization and decision making skills for freshman. As a result, algebra l scores have risen at CMI. This is just one demonstration of the impact that Nathan has made to his school. Mr. Michael Rhodes, Principal, described Nathan as a great role model and mentor to younger students. “He is always putting others before himself and is unbelievably humble” he said. Nathan shared that when he first came to CMI he felt out of place. However, he decided at that point that he didn’t want to be average but instead strived to excel to the fullest leadership potential he can and he has achieved that at CMI. Nathan has not decided if he will attend college or go into the military, but he will succeed in whatever he chooses.
Azreal Sanchez is Perris High School’s Student of the Month. Perris High Principal, Nick Hilton, explained that there are a lot of plates and moving parts within ASB and Azreal is the guy who makes sure that all the parts are moving in the right direction. His ASB instructor, Mr. Rodriguez, shared that Azreal is a young man who is driven and demonstrates grit and determination in everything he does. “He is a very gifted and academically talented student who remains one of the top ten at Perris High” he said. However, even with all of his academic accomplishments and accolades, Azreal remains humble. Azreal shared that his family has been his foundation and what has gotten him through high school. Although he has not chosen which college he will attend yet, he plans to major in pharmaceutical sciences to become a pharmacist; a dream his father gave up to support his family.
Paloma Valley High School’s Student of the Month is Cynthia Lopez. Cynthia is an amazing student who will be the first in her family to not only graduate from high school but to attend college as well. She is a four year AVID student and is in the top 2% at her school. According to her teacher, Mr. Walsh, Cynthia is a calming influence in his classroom as a teacher’s assistant. She is always either tutoring other students or studying herself. She has an innate ability to focus and when she comes to school everyday, she has a purpose and pursues it with a passion. Cynthia shared that she holds the belief that hard work really pays off and has received inspiration from her own teachers. She has been accepted to a number of colleges but has not decided which one she will attend. She is also deciding whether to major in either microbiology to work in research or to study to become a teacher.
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.