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

Being honored were seventh-grader Brittany Burns and eighth-grader Alejandro Saligan from Sunnyslope School. Brittany, who is treasurer of the Student Council and a member of the National Junior Honor Society, was praised for being a leader in and outside the classroom, including the basketball team. Alejandro was described as a motivated learner who is conscientious and always completes his work on time. He enjoys soccer and volunteering with his church.

From Mountain View School, seventh-grader Rodolfo Morales and eighth-grader Esmeralda Gerard were recognized. Rodolfo works well with his peers, uses his time wisely and is intelligent and respectful. Esmeralda was praised for having significantly improved her academic performance and for raising the bar on the expectations for herself.

Other students who were highlighted at the luncheon were seventh-grader Geraldine Garcia Gonzalez and eighth-grader Elizabeth Chavez Lucatero from Royal Palm Middle School. Geraldine, who wants to be a good role model to her younger sister, has worked hard to raise her test scores. She listens attentively in class and is diligent in completing her homework. Elizabeth, who is a spirited and positive person, takes every opportunity to learn in class and was described as someone who will have a bright and happy future in whatever she chooses to pursue.

Sunnyslope High School senior Marie Tomisato maintains straight A’s in some very challenging classes but still finds time to tutor pre-calculus students and even spent the summer volunteering in Panama. She hopes to attend medical school and then perhaps spend time with Doctors Without Borders. She’s also very musically gifted, playing the harp and writing music as well.

From Central High, Adriana Martinez was recognized. She volunteers in the counseling office and works part-time for an attorney, all while maintaining high grades. She is a member of the school’s Interact Club and Best Buddies, as well as the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Grand Canyon University in the fall where she will study nursing.

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. All students receive a framed certificate and a bumper sticker.


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