Selma High: Students, athletes of the month

Selma High recognized Royal Valle, Clarice Flores, Jessie Contreras and Jonathan Ramos as students of the month and Efrain Vasquez and Aliyah Garcia as athletes of the month.

SELMA – In an effort to recognize students’ hard work, character and community service, Selma High recognized its students and athletes of the month for August and September at a breakfast ceremony at the Dining Hall on Sept. 29. Principal Mark Babiarz said teachers nominate students based on a number of criteria beyond academics and the school wants to acknowledge all-around students. “They’re going to school every day and doing a wonderful job. It’s a nice recognition event and there’s outstanding parent participation.”

Recognized this month were:

Freshman Royal Valle

Nominating teacher Brynn Saponara: “Royal is so polite and kind. I’m happy to have him as a student.”

Other freshmen nominated include: Marissa Augustine, Veronica Botros, Veronica Carrillo, Julianna Colado, Simran Duda, Larissa Lucas, Abril Matias, Hailey Pastrana, Katrina Rodriguez, Royal Valle and Guillermo Vasquez.

Sophomore Clarice Flores

Nominating teacher Christopher Fredericks: “I can always count on Clarice. She takes responsibility for her learning and will take any steps needed to make sure she gets something.”

Goals: “When I grow up, I’m planning to be an English teacher that travels to poor schools to teach.”

Other sophomores nominated include: Brandi Aguilera, Valery Dominguez, Daniela Elias, Jesus Hernandez, Robert Jauregui, Harmanjeet Kaur, Lauren Martinez, Nayeli Martinez, Daniel Perez, Gisselle Perez, Nashell Perez, Savanna Reynolds, Veronica Reyes, Genesis Salazar, Emily Sanchez, Erick Santiago, Fatima Silva, Alissa Vargas, Makaylah Velasquez and Pebbles Wingfield.

Junior Jessie Contreras

Nominating teacher Forest Castle: “Jessie has demonstrated an impeccable work ethic, an earnest desire to learn and a relentless pursuit of words to express ideas.”

Goals: “I would like to do something in pediatrics such as work as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse. My academic goal is to get an A in Mr. Castle’s AP English class. Mr. Castle is the teacher that nominated me.”

Other juniors nominated include: Nancy Calderon, Kianna Gonzales, Mathew Gonzalez, Manuel Jaramillo, Vanessa Jasso-Macias, David Lopez, Albert Mendez, Jade Mendez, Estefania Ortiz, Nancy Rosiles and Nichole Smith.

Senior Jonathan Ramos

Nominating teacher David Highbaugh: “Jonathan has the highest grade in the trigonometry/pre-calculus class right out of the gate! He has shown good work habits and respect for others.”

Goals: “My goal is to earn a 4.1 grade point average for both semesters. My career goal is to become a pharmacist then be a pharmacy owner with my brother as he is a pharmacist to be.”

Other seniors nominated include: Iman Alamri, Rachael Courtney, Grenda Hernandez, Allison Lopez and Daniel Palmer.

Female Athlete of the Month

Aliyah Garcia, senior, cross-country

Nominating Coach Alex Reyes: “She is committed, hard-working and communicates on a daily basis. She is a vocal leader who the coaches depend on to encourage and motivate others around her. As a senior, she is one of the top runners for us and in our league.”

Goals: “I would like to become a marine biologist. My academic goal is to get straight A’s the whole year.”

Male Athlete of the Month

Efrain Vasquez, senior, cross-country

Nominating Coach Alex Reyes: “He’s the hardest working student athlete I know at SHS. He’s dedicated and always trying to improve himself and others in sports and academics. He’s taking three Advanced Placement classes, in other extra-curricular activities and still manages to have excellent grades without missing practice. Throughout the summer training, he was able to lead practices and encourage more athletes to come out for cross-country.”

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