Eight students were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyslope during its “Student of the Month” luncheon, held Jan. 16 at Sunnyslope High School.

Among those recognized were eighth-graders Eric Kennedy and Hiba Wafi from Royal Palm Middle School. Eric is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, plays basketball and is on Royal Palm’s Academic Excellence List. This future sports announcer was praised for being mature, respectful and gregarious. Hiba is a strong leader in the classroom who helps others and is not afraid to ask questions to better herself. She hopes to someday be a dentist.

From Mountain View School, seventh-grader Elizabeth Garcia and eighth grader Darrick Begay were honored. Elizabeth is a self-motivated and conscientious young woman who goes above and beyond in class and is generous with her time and resources, and is very caring and giving. Darrick comes to class ready to learn and prepared to ask questions. Described as being exceptional in academics across the board, Darrick‘s favorite subject is science.

Also recognized were seventh-grader Dustin Gorsuch and eighth-grader Leticia Guerrero of Sunnyslope School. Dustin is a quiet, polite young man who has made his education a top priority. This football player is always ready to lend a hand in class, enjoys Language Arts and hopes to become a video game designer. Leticia, who is in her first year of English-language learner class, is a tenacious student with a fierce desire to learn. Her favorite subject is biology and she hopes to someday be a rocket scientist.

From Central High, Melissa Dominguez was honored. Melissa, a teacher’s assistant in the school’s counseling office, is a persistent young woman who is focused on her future. She has volunteered with organizations such as UMOM New Day Centers and the Phoenix Public Library. She has been accepted to Arizona State University and plans to study business or pre-med.

Allison Spencer, a senior at Sunnyslope High School, also was recognized. Allison is an exceptional student who doesn’t let the stress of academic pressure keep her from being cheerful and playful with her friends and teachers. This two-time state volleyball champion also is an outstanding athlete. She hopes to attend either the Naval Academy or the Air Force Academy.

The Kiwanis honor outstanding students each month to applaud their academic and leadership successes.


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