Eight local students were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyslope during its “Student of the Month” luncheon, held Feb. 14 at Sunnyslope High School.

Being honored as a Student of Month was Orlando Paralta, a fifth grader from Desert View Elementary. An avid club soccer player, Orlando was described as someone who is quiet and thoughtful, who always gets his work in on time and maintains nearly all As in his classes.

Also honored were seventh grader Stephanie Sherwood, and eighth grader Adrian Baxcajay from Sunnyslope School. Stephanie, whose favorite subjects are social studies and science, was praised for being an independent worker who has good study habits and is high achieving in all her classes. She hopes someday to be a chemist or a doctor. Adrian was lauded for being focused and always respectful in class, both to his teachers and his peers. While he enjoys riding his bike and playing video games, his goal is to someday be a dentist.

From Mountain View School, seventh grader Kenner Ardon and eighth grader Joshue Jaurez were recognized. An insightful young man of strong character, Kenner was described as being someone who brings positive energy with him to class and who thoughtfully contributes to class conversations. Joshue, who is a member of the school’s Community Action Team (CAT), was recognized for being eager to take on new challenges and new ideas, whether in the classroom or for community service projects.

Other students who were highlighted at the luncheon were seventh grader Sayra Cabrera Portillo and eighth grader Iriss Pacheco Flores from Royal Palm Middle School. Sayra was praised for having excellent motivation, organization and dedication in all that she does, and for always being willing to help in any way. Already taking a sophomore-level geometry class, Iriss was applauded for giving her best effort every single day and for being an attentive listener who enjoys learning.

From Central High, Nancy Delgado was recognized. Described as a “force of nature,” Nancy works part time to support her family while still maintaining top grades. She has been a member of the Key Club as well as the Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA). She plans to attend Arizona State University to study international business.

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.


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