Chambers of Commerce Announce December's Students of the Month

The Perris Valley and Menifee Valley Chambers of Commerce held their Student of the Month luncheon on January 11, 2012. The students are nominated by their teachers and staff at their respective school sites and are chosen based on several criteria. Those selected are invited, alongside their families, to attend a luncheon sponsored by both Chambers of Commerce along with local businesses and organizations. Principals and teachers from each high school shared stories about the students as they each received certificates of recognition, numerous gifts, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.

The California Military Institutes’ (CMI) Student of the Month is Kiyhanna Monet Gipson, an outstanding scholar and athlete who is described as a modest, determined, and brave young lady. She has received MVP in a number of sports all four years of high school. Kiyhanna thanked her family, principal, and teachers for guiding her through the last four years. Kiyhanna shared that she will be attending Penn State University to study medicine and eventually become a pediatrician.

Heritage High School principal Julie Zierold describes Nicole Williams as an outstanding leader. She is active in her community and serves as the Senior Class President, and is also involved in sports, AP and Honors classes, and community service. She is in the top 2% maintaining a 4.0 GPA with a full schedule, school activities and setting a good example for her two younger siblings. Nicole shared that one of the lessons she’s learned in high school is that it’s ok to stand out. Nicole plans to attend college and obtain her nursing degree.

Paloma Valley’s High School’s Student of the Month is Michelle Nicole Smith, who is described as the “perfect student” by Paloma Valley High School principal Brian Morris. In addition to maintaining a GPA of over 4.0, Michelle is involved in various sports, extra-curricular activities, and community service. Michelle plans to attend the University of California Riverside and enter the field of pediatric medicine. She plans to utilize her sign language skills to help with hard of hearing and deaf patients.

Perris High School Student of the Month is Sean Rene Rodriguez. History teacher Alexander Saucedo said that Sean is quite the history buff and he motivates teachers to do a better job. Sean shared that he is very thankful for his family and teachers at Perris High School, especially Mr. Saucedo. Although there were hard times on occasion, he always remembers what his grandmother taught him, to “never give up”; which happens to be Perris High School’s motto as well. Sean plans to attend college and return to Perris to teach history.

These students have each shown a commitment to excellence and hard work. The Perris and Menifee Valley Chambers of Commerce wish them the best in their endeavors. If you would like to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founder Sally Myers at (951) 506-8024.


Pictured left to right are December’s Students of the Month; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; City Councilman Tom Fuhrman, City of Menifee; Michelle Nicole Smith, Paloma Valley High School; Kiyhanna Monet Gipson, California Military Institute; Nicole Williams, Heritage High School; Sean Rene Rodriguez, Perris High School; City Councilman Mark Yarbrough, City of Perris; and Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris.




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