Chambers of Commerce Award Students of the Month for November

The Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce held their Student of the Month luncheon on November 9, 2011. Principals and teachers from each high school shared stories about the students, and each student received certificates of recognition as well as numerous gifts, congratulations, and encouragement from local, county, state, and federal dignitaries.

This month the two Chambers of Commerce recognized Ryane L. Fennema, Marquet De Jon Houston, Kaine David Felton, and Myrissa Vaca. Nominated by teachers and staff members at their respective school sites, these students were chosen for their character, integrity, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, involvement and community service, and how they make a difference on their high school campus.

Pictured left to right are November’s Students of the Month; Councilman John Denver, City of Menifee; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; Ryane Fennema, Heritage High School; Kaine David Felton, Perris Lake High School; Marquet De Jon Houston, Paloma Valley High School; Dorothy Wolons, CEO Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; Myrissa Vaca, Perris High School; Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris; Mike Castellanos, Chairman of the Board, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; Pastor Ted Norton, Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce; and Councilman Mark Yarbrough, City of Perris.

Ryane L. Fennema is Heritage High School’s student of the month. Ryane participates in a number of campus sports, including Varsity Tennis and Girls’ Softball. She is described by staff and fellow students as a quiet leader, and Heritage High School Principal Julie Zierold shared that Ryane leads by example, and whatever she chooses to do, her future will be very bright. Ryane’s passion for sports has led her to choose to a career in sports medicine. She plans to attend a Christian college pursue a degree in the field of kinesiology.

Although Marquet De Jon Houston has only been attending Paloma Valley High School since spring of last year, the impact that this young man has made in the short time he has been there has been phenomenal. Several people have praised his abilities as Drum Major of the Wildcat Marching Band, and Marquet has proven his abilities by winning Outstanding Drum Major at a recent band competition. Marquet shared that he plans on returning to Florida to attend college and eventually become a music teacher, where he would be able to have a positive impact on other students.

Perris Lake High School’s Kaine David Felton is described by a number of teachers as respectful, kind, intelligent, and phenomenal, which was why five different teachers nominated this young man for Student of the Month. Kaine humbly shared that school did not go well for him before and that everyone had faith in him and believed in him, but he didn’t believe in himself. However, Kaine was able to turn this attitude around thanks to school staff members. He plans to continue his education and attend college to become a Juvenile Corrections Officer and help encourage other young people that have been in a similar situation.

Myrissa Vaca has been described as an amazing student who has been in the top ten grades wise in her four years at Perris High School. This young lady has proven herself to be a quiet leader in the Associated Student Body, while maintaining a high grade point average and participating in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). Myrissa plans to attend either the University of Redlands or the University of Hawai’i and study mechanical engineering and pre-law. She would also like to become a political science professor.

Each of these students have shown a determination to succeed in their goals with grace and humbleness. The Perris Valley Chamber and the Menifee Valley Chamber wish them the best in their future endeavors. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact its founder, Sally Myers, at (951) 506-8024.




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