Students of Month: Mickley, Quijada, Anderson, Van Patten

Contributed content: Top Row: Sally Myers, Founder; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Per...

Contributed content:
Top Row: Sally Myers, Founder; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; Dorothy Wolons, President/CEO, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris; and Mayor Scott Mann, City of Menifee. Bottom Row: Jared Mickley, Paloma Valley High School; Melissa Quijada, Heritage High School; Steven Anderson, Perris Lake High School; and Daniel Van Patten, Perris High School.
The Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2013-2014 Student of the Month program in September. Students are nominated by their teachers and staff at their respective school sites and are chosen for their character, integrity, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, community service, and how they make a difference on their high school campus.

October’s student honorees and their families attended a luncheon sponsored by the Perris and Menifee Chambers of Commerce, along with local businesses and organizations. 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.

The Paloma Valley High School Student of the Month is Jared Mickley. Jared currently holds a GPA of over 4.0 and has participated on the WASC Committee, GATE, track, cross country, NJROTC, and the National Honor Society. According to Master Sgt. Frank Puebla, Jared leads by example; he is focused and knows where he wants to go. Jared shared that he has met numerous outstanding leaders in high school, and that NJROTC is his life, and it has made him what he is today. He plans to join the Marine Corps, Naval Academy, and possibly attend the University of San Diego (UCSD) to become an ROTC instructor.

Perris High School’s Daniel Van Patten is described by Principal Dr. Lynne Sheffield as a young man who exudes leadership. In fact, Dr. Sheffield shared that Daniel will be representing Perris High School at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) National Convention in Louisville, Ky. Daniel’s FFA teacher, Mr. Nering, remembers Daniel as a freshman who looked a little lost. As Daniel began to volunteer in projects, he noticed how he has developed his potential to where he is now. Daniel admitted that he did not like education as a child but was heavily influenced by Mr. Nering and presses hard toward his goals. He plans to attend UC Davis, UCLA, or UC San Diego to become a teacher.

Steven Anderson is Perris Lake High School’s Student of the Month. Dr. Narciso Iglesias, Principal, stated that as he got to know Steven more, he realized that he has an intellectual and linguistic intelligence, and is in tune with everyone around him. Mr. Benz, teacher at Perris Lake, shared that their mutual love of music has helped Steven in school and other areas of his life. Steven shared that Mr. Benz has helped him overcome a number of issues, and has worked hard to turn his life around. He plans to continue his education to become an American Sign Language interpreter which has helped and influenced his family.

Heritage High School’s Student of the Month, Melissa Quijada, is currently number two in her class and according to Principal Julie Zierold, Melissa is an outstanding student and she is amazed at how she is able to keep everything in her life together. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA while carrying four advanced placement courses, participation in a number of school activities, volunteering in the community, and helping her family at home is not easy. Melissa shared that she has learned to appreciate and be thankful for what she’s received. But also, she is grateful for being appreciated and has a desire to help others. Melissa is eyeing a number of colleges but has not chosen yet; however, she does plan to enter the field of engineering.

All of these students demonstrated a desire to work hard and have a drive to exceed others and their own expectations. The Perris Valley Chamber and the Menifee Valley Chamber wish them the best in their endeavors. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founder, Sally Myers, at 951-506-8024.

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