Chambers of Commerce Recognize April Students of the Month

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 the Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce honored four deserving students for being exemplary in all aspects of their academic lives.

The monthly luncheon seeks to recognize carefully selected students of the month for their dedication to school and character and to encourage them to continue being awesome.

Students are nominated by their teachers and staff at respective high schools based on integrity, character, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, community service, and how they truly have made a difference on their campus.

Principals and teachers of each student spent the afternoon sharing praise and inspiring stories to an audience of honored students and their families, as well as prominent local figures, and sponsoring Menifee and Perris Chambers.

Supporting organizations and contributing local businesses bestowed the students with donated gifts, certifications of recognition, congratulations, and continued encouragement from local, county, state, and even federal dignitaries.

Perris High School: Jesus Cernas

Principal Lynn Sheffield describes Perris High School’s student of the month, Jesus Cernas, as a young man of good character and politeness. As a key player on the high school’s championship soccer team, Jesus continually demonstrates leadership and stamina.

In addition to his athletic abilities he also maintains involvement in Link Crew and other school activities. Jesus’s sister, Maria, voiced her pride in her brother. She explained that their family has gone through some trying times, which only proved to strengthen his character.

Jesus plans to attend Cal State Dominguez Hills in the fall to obtain his masters in education in order to work with special needs students.

Perris Lake High School: Mischel Martinez

4.0 student, Mischel Martinez, has rightly earned the Perris Lake High School’s student of the month position. She currently serves her campus as ASB President with “great character and grace”, according to her Economics teacher, Mr. Gary Orme.

Mischel admits that there was a time when she did not believe in herself which resulted in her transfer to Perris Lake. With the support of teachers and staff she flourished into the confident leader she is today.

She plans to give back and will start this venture by attending Mt. San Jacinto Community College and then transfering to a university to pursue her goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.

Heritage High School: Aileen Sanchez

Principal Julie Zierold describes Heritage High School’s student of the month, Aileen Sanchez, as a humble and compassionate person. According to her counselor, Melina Gonzalez, her heart is so big in fact that when she discovered a fellow student was homeless she brought her home to live with her family.

Aileen shared that through her experiences she has learned, “You can become tired, but with a great support system you can persevere and keep running the race to reach your goals.” She portrays this endurance in everything she does, academically and otherwise.

She has been accepted at UCLA, UC Irvine, and UC Davis but is still decided where to pursue her medical education. Fitting of such a compassionate sole, she plans to become a pediatrician.

Paloma Valley High School: Danielle Pham

Paloma Valley High School’s student of the month, Danielle Pham, is described as an all-around student personifying grace and friendship. Her teacher, Mr. Joe Williams, says that she is very dedicated and hard working as displayed through her work in the drama department and all her endeavors.

Danielle says, “School is not just about getting the grades and getting from point A to point B academically but to be involved in other activities.” She plans to attend the University of San Francisco to pursue a nursing degree.

Through dedication and hard work these four students have achieved prominent recognition and will continue to reach towards their goals. 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.

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Pictured left to right; Sally Myers, Founder; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; Pastor Ted Norton, Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce; Dorothy Wolons, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; Jesus Cernas, Perris High School; Mischel Martinez, Perris Lake High School; Aileen Sanchez, Heritage High School; Danielle Pham, Paloma Valley High School; Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris; Councilwoman Sue Kristjansson, City of Menifee; and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Fuhrman, City of Menifee.




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