Seven local students were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyslope during its “Student of the Month” luncheon Nov. 14 at Sunnyslope High School.
Being honored as a Student of Month were seventh grader Humberto Saligan, and eighth grader Heidi Enriquez from Sunnyslope School. Humberto, who enjoys math and playing soccer, was praised for always turning in accurate work, on time, and for frequently having a smile on his face and a positive, respectful attitude. Heidi is president of the school Student Council and is musically inclined, singing in her church choir and playing the clarinet for the school band. She also is a cheerleader whose favorite subject is language arts.
From Mountain View School, seventh grader Jibby Dumpol and eighth grader Nohemi Rivera were recognized. Jibby, who plays several sports and enjoys math, has earned the respect of his teachers and his peers with his example of good character. Nohemi enjoys the challenges of her science classes the most and with her gentle demeanor and way of explaining complicated matters in easy-to-understand ways, she has become a great help to her fellow classmates.
Martin Soto Suarez, a fifth grader at Desert View Elementary, is an avid basketball player who also understands the importance of getting his schoolwork done accurately and on time. He is a hard worker who still finds time to help others in his class. He also plays the French horn.
From Central High, Jenny Melgoza was honored. Jenny is both academically and athletically talented, taking AP honors classes as well as lettering in varsity soccer. She also is the flute section leader in the school band, and has participated in the Upward Bound program. She is leaning toward attending the University of Arizona and would like to study anthropology or marine biology.
Connor Linnartz, a senior at Sunnyslope High School, also was recognized. Connor will have completed seven AP classes by the time he graduates and carries a 4.7 weighted GPA. He also served as captain of the JV soccer team, captain of the football team, and is on the varsity cross-country team. Even though he has been accepted into the Air Force Academy, he’s waiting to hear back from the Naval Academy and Stanford University. If he doesn’t go the military route, he would like to study engineering.
The Kiwanis honor outstanding students each month as a way of applauding their academic and leadership successes and encouraging them to continue to set an example for their fellow students.