Chambers of Commerce Recognize February's Students of the Month

The Perris Valley and Menifee Valley Chambers of Commerce held their Student of the Month luncheon o...

The Perris Valley and Menifee Valley Chambers of Commerce held their Student of the Month luncheon on February 8, 2012. The students are nominated by their teachers and staff at their respective school sites and are chosen based off several criteria. Principals and teachers from each high school shared stories about the students and they each received certificates of recognition, numerous gifts, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.

Ciera Elizabeth Cassady is Heritage High School’s Student of the Month. Besides being a strong person and having a great smile, Ciera is described as a go getter by her FFA (Future Farmers of America) advisor, Mr. Ross Macy. Ciera shared that she loves participating in the co-teaching and plans to attend college in San Luis Obispo or Fresno and come back to teach Animal Science to students because, “it’s not really a job when you’re doing what you love.”

Choice 2000 Online School’s Student of the Month is Ryan Jacob Thomason-Weis. According to Latricia Parker, Academic Dean, Ryan started out at Choice a full year behind in credits. Now he has not only caught up with his credits, but he will also be graduating on time with his fellow peers. Ryan currently scores in the 90 percentile and is active in ASB. Ryan shared that he wasn’t really involved in his studies but by getting involved in school, he has learned a lot about himself and has gotten his life priorities straight. Ryan plans to attend Cal State San Marcos and study computer science to work in the field of game development.

Perris High School Student of the Month, Andres Porras, brings talent and intelligence to his character and that makes for a successful combination. In addition to his creative talents, Andres also participates in other clubs such as the Calculus Club and AVID. He gives his time to help tutor other students. Andres shared that he learned you should always try your hardest but also have fun in the process. Andres is currently enrolled in classes at Mt. San Jacinto Community College and plans to transfer to either Cal Poly Pomona or University of California Riverside.

Paloma Valley High School Student of the Month is Lynda Elisa Fortney. Lynda’s Biology teacher, Jason Miller, stated that Lynda is a very brilliant and driven individual. Besides taking her classes at Paloma Valley, she also drives to Rancho Verde High School to participate in their ROP Pharmaceutical program and is also interning at Walgreens Pharmacy. Lynda’s father, Vincent Fortney, shared that Lynda is very goal oriented and a high achiever, but also displays a big heart. Lynda plans to obtain her doctorate at either the University of Southern California or UC San Diego and enter the pharmaceutical industry.

Pictured left to right are December’s Students of the Month; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; Ciera Elizabeth Cassady, Heritage High School; Ryan Jacob Thomason-Weis, Choice 2000 On-Line School; Andres Porras, Perris High School; Lynda Elisa Fortney, Paloma Valley High School; Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris; and Councilwoman Sue Kristjansson, City of Menifee.

These students have all shown a commitment to excellence and h