|Front row, from left: Alexander Noza, Paloma Valley High School; Angela Boots, Perris Lake High School; Luis Castro, Perris High School; Kennedy Gould, Heritage High School. Back row, from left: Sally Myers, Founder; Marcy Savage, Assistant Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; Alma Martinez, CEO, Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Pro Tem Mark Yarbrough, City of Perris; Councilman Greg August, City of Menifee; and Dorothy Wolons, CEO, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce.|
The 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.
Paloma Valley High School’s Student of the Month is Alexander Noza. Alexander is known to go above and beyond, according to Principal Don Williamson. He exemplifies true leadership with humility and is an inspiration to his peers. Alex shared that it was difficult figuring out his place in life. He joined NJROTC and realized that was the best decision he ever made. Under the guidance of Msgt. Puebla, Alex has grown into a true leader and has decided to enlist in the Marines and eventually become an officer to help other cadets.
Heritage High School’s Student of the Month is Kennedy Gould. Kennedy is described as a humble person and gives beyond any expectations, according to Principal Julie Zierold. She is very passionate about what she wants to do in life. Kennedy shared that she is grateful for everything and has an ever present desire to do her best. She hopes to attend either UC Davis or UC Santa Barbara to major in environmental science and try to make a difference in the world.
Perris Lake High School’s Angela Boots is April’s Student of the Month. According to her principal, Dr. Iglesias, Angela has had a powerful impact to those around her and her powerful smile is infectious. Angela shared that she felt that school was never good for her. Now she has made a complete turn around and is looking forward to graduating and attending college. She plans to attend Mt. San Jacinto College and go on to major in criminal justice.
Luis Castro is Perris High School’s Student of the Month. Luis has had to overcome a number of obstacles, according to his principal, Mr. Hilton. However, joining JROTC helped him to gain confidence and become successful in high school. Luis admitted to being bullied and having medical issues, but having a strong support system from family and others, he has become stronger, and now tutors other students. Luis plans to attend Riverside Community College and transfer to UC San Diego to major in business.
If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, contact founder Sally Myers at 951-506-8024.