By Joan Westlake
Nine youths from local elementary, middle and high schools were honored as Students of the Month by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyslope, April 11 at Sunnyslope High School.
From Desert View Elementary, Racquel Garcia was praised as “a spark in the school” who starts everyone’s day off with her cheerful and exuberant morning PA announcements. The creative writer with a lovely singing voice is on the basketball team, Student Council and participates in school charity drives.
Royal Palm Middle School student Randi Hadi sets such a high standard of compassion and kindness toward other students that her teachers say bullying isn’t possible when she is around. The exuberant and positive student is always helping others and is a great class leader, setting an example of caring.
Royal Palm’s Jonathan Cain is a caring and fun-loving student. His quiet but strong leadership motivates his classmates. He is a big contributor in his American history class. A standout in physical education, Jonathan works hard and enjoys every moment. “Exceptional” is the word everyone uses to describe him.
A positive attitude with a big smile is the hallmark of Oswaldo Perez Camarillo, Mountain View Elementary. Always seeking new challenges, he tackles them cheerfully and with persistence. This member of the school Action Team is a positive role model for all.
Karino Romero of Mountain View Elementary is known for working very hard so that she always exceeds expectations. The well-mannered young woman is respected by students and staff. She is very creative with exceptional writing abilities.
An amazing Sunnyslope Elementary School student, Tatyana Rodriguez Camargo starts each day with a contagious smile. Her quiet determination has helped her overcome personal obstacles, showing that hard work and a love for learning leads to success. She is a cheerleader, drums for the band and plays on the basketball and softball teams.
Edgar Cardenas Hernandez of Sunnyslope Elementary is a diligent worker with an excellent attitude. He is well spoken in class and his academic performance is always superior. His courteous manner is highlighted by willingness to help other students with their schoolwork. He plays soccer, football and clarinet in the band. He says he is working toward a career in engineering, after his pro soccer days are done.
Teachers say they would love to clone Grace Novak, Sunnyslope High School. Students and staff always have something nice to say about her. She works very hard and is always super busy including her participation in school theater productions. She follows in the excellent footsteps of her mother Sheila, who was also a Kiwanis Student of the Month at Sunnyslope.
If you were to describe Crystal Lachapelle of Central High School’s super power, it would be her extraordinary ability to focus and achieve. The well-rounded student excels in her two favorite subjects, criminal justice and dance. Her fancy footwork runs the gamut from contemporary to hip hop.
The Kiwanis Club honors outstanding students each month as a way of applauding youth academic and leadership successes.