The following is a news release from the Lake Elsinore Unified School District:
Seven high school seniors from the Lake Elsinore Unified School District were recently honored by the Student of the Month program, under the auspices of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Elsinore Sizzler Restaurant. Students are individually selected by teachers and school staff for their character, love of learning, leadership, community service, and their ability to persevere through challenging circumstances. This program is currently in its 17th season.
November ‘Student of the Month’ Honorees:
ELSINORE HIGH SCHOOL
Blaine Kline is a candidate for valedictorian whose ultimate career goal is engineering. As an accomplished varsity baseball player, Blaine plans to attend college in North Dakota on scholarship. He credits his family for teaching him how to make the best of any situation; for example, when his mother fell ill last year, Blaine turned his every effort to making her proud. Teachers laud his critical thinking skills and sportsmanship. Peers consider him to be a caring friend who always treats others with respect.
Madison Gordon is an excellent golfer, a valedictorian candidate, and plans to major in elementary education. Following in the footsteps of her sister, she will attend Boston University next year. School activities include volunteering for the Think Together afterschool program, Interact Club, NHS, and ASB. Her golfing prowess has taught her to seize the moment, a sure way to change the game in one’s favor. Everything she does in school and after school reflects this philosophy.
LAKESIDE HIGH SCHOOL
Skylar Eberhard has been praised by his teachers as both academically and character gifted. His college goal is to study aerospace engineering at a private university in Texas. School has taught him that a genuine leader puts others above self. This is evident in his campus activities including football, Interact Club, and AP classes. His teachers admire his optimism, his athletic talents, and tenacious scholarship.
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Monica Cuevas enjoys Calculus club, AVID, Interact club, Keystone, and varsity soccer. She wants to attend either USCD or UC Santa Barbara. Her field of interest is psychology. The life lesson she offers other students is not be restricted or constrained by what others say; have faith in yourself and focus on attaining your goals. She has taken leadership on the soccer field several strides further in her academic and afterschool pursuits.
TEMESCAL CANYON HIGH SCHOOL
Joshua Cohen serves on ASB, is varsity football captain, and also plays varsity baseball. He wants to be a sports agent and plans to attend SDSU to major in sports management or sports marketing. Volunteering with TCHS’s itty bitty ball, where little tikes learn the sport of bat and ball, gives him more satisfaction than he thought possible. Teachers admire his choices in wanting to do the right thing by all people. The art of balancing academics and athletics is a lesson he tries to pass along to fellow students.
Brianna Mejia plans to study nursing at Vanguard University. School activities include AVID, mock trial, and ASB. She enjoys youth leadership at church, and is described by teachers as having a heart of gold, caring for others, and having natural public speaking ability. She is described as truly humble, no matter how prolific her academic achievements and leadership involvement.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ONLINE ACADEMY
Andrea Luca is a student in LEUSD’s online school and a shining success. What sets her apart is her tenacity and inner drive. She plans to attend UCLA as a science major. Her goal is to complete medical school to become a pediatric physician. She says her most challenging obstacle was learning English in elementary school after coming to the US from Romania, though by the fifth grade, her English mastery was evident. She is devoted to her school and ASB, while also serving as a student representative to the Governing Board. Everyone who knows Andrea says she is poised, articulate, and self-motivated.