Eight local students were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyslope during its “Student of the Month” luncheon, held May 9 at Sunnyslope High School.

Being honored were seventh grader Alex Lara, and eighth grader Elizabeth Rosas from Sunnyslope School. Alex, who enjoys playing a variety of sports, was praised for being polite, diligent with his schoolwork, and for being helpful in class, including offering to interpret for students struggling with English. He also has made tremendous progress in math this year. Elizabeth plays basketball for the school and hopes to make the team at Sunnyslope High School next year. She was described as being always cheerful and courteous, and for being a dedicated student who has set high goals for herself.

From Mountain View School, seventh grader Carlos Pacheco and eighth grader Luis Castro were recognized. Carlos works hard in class and volunteers in the after-school program. He leads by quiet example, according to his teachers. Luis was praised for his great citizenship, his mature attitude, and for being focused academically.

Other students who were highlighted at the luncheon were seventh grader Naiya Jones and eighth grader Davis Tarver from Royal Palm Middle School. Naiya, who is working hard to skip the eighth grade and go right into high school, was noted for being bright, creative, a class leader, and for constantly trying to better herself as a student. Davis was absent from the luncheon, but was applauded for maintaining straight A’s in a sophomore-level math class, so that when he moves on to high school he will begin at the junior-level of math courses.

Desert View fifth grader Jazmin Salas, who works hard on the school’s basketball team, also takes the time to do her school work completely and correctly. She has been on the school’s Principal’s List for the entire school year. Though quiet most of the time, Jazmin has a contagious giggle that can set her entire classroom off into a laughing fit.

From Central High, Ubah Hirabey was recognized. Ubah is a native of Somalia and volunteers in the counseling office, as well as working part-time at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to help support her mother and four siblings. She hopes to attend Phoenix College in the fall where she will study nursing or counseling.

No student from Sunnyslope High School was honored because of a conflict with the school’s testing schedule.


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