Courtesy of 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 BMW Management, which owns and manages Sizzler and other restaurants. 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.
December Student of the Month Honorees:
Elsinore High School
Carlos Anguiano is involved in AVID, Homework Club and soccer. His college studies will be in the field of chemical engineering. He plans to attend either UCLA or UCSD. He also volunteers with the Think Together program, and enjoys it when kids call him “Mr. Anguiano.” The lesson in life he most often shares is to learn to be successful, “so you can promote the success of others.”
Stephanie Serrano is a candidate for school valedictorian. Her preferences for college include Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UCLA, UCSD, and UC Irvine. To fulfill a calling to work with children, Stephanie wants to study early child development in college. She currently volunteers as a tutor with the Think Together program, where she has served for three years. Campus life includes College Club, Interact, and serving as president of Student Venture.
Lakeside High School
Jacob Anderson has had a successful senior year in boy’s water polo and swim. His college plans includes attending either UCR or UCLA. His top interests include medicine and aerospace engineering. He is the founder of an on campus performance club dedicated to teaching students anti-bullying lessons. The life lesson he takes most to heart is, “be an independent thinker; do not rely on others to tell you what to do or think.”
Magaly Garcia has been active in Culture Club, Calculus, Interact, and soccer. Because her father still lives in Mexico, much responsibility falls to Magaly to assist her working mom and five siblings. The AVID program has developed her confidence and academic success. Enthusiasm permeates all her school activities, and she carries a 4.0 GPA. Every weekend, she and her family travel over 200 miles round trip to be reunited with her papa, so he, too, can share in the fruits of Magaly’s being not only the first family member to graduate from high school, but to realize her goal of attending college this fall.
Temescal Canyon High School
Mason Manmano is on a path to attend either USC or UCSD to major in biochemistry following service in the Marine Corps, where he is officer bound. Campus life includes calculus, baseball, soccer, cross country, and playing guitar. He is also a youth group leader at his church. Academically driven since early childhood, Mason’s philosophy of life is service to country and service above self.
Kassidy Lawrence has applied to USC, Stanford, Brown, and the University of Chicago. She plans to study political science and law, in pursuit of becoming a trial lawyer. School life includes NHS, CSF, AVID, and Cheer. Kassidy epitomizes servant leadership; for her, a sense of accomplishment is reward enough, she says. Teachers say her work ethic and dedication put her ahead of all the rest, yet she never loses sight of teamwork and setting the right example for others.
Ortega High School
Leticia Morales found success at OHS as a high school junior. This alternative school program has helped increase her confidence and motivation as a life-long learner. Her next step is attending MSJC, and ultimately to earn a BS in oceanography, which will enable her to travel the world. With the barriers that held her back in traditional high school far behind her, Leticia would encourage other students to stay in school no matter what, because OHS has shown her that others really care about each student’s success.