17 San Bernardino students selected for Outstanding Student Awards


SAN BERNARDINO — Seventeen San Bernardino City Unified School District students received Outstanding Student Awards from the Board of Education recently.

The students were honored for achievement in academics, athletics, fine arts, or citizenship or for showing significant improvement in these areas.

The honorees and descriptions of their achievements:

• Arroyo Valley High School Outstanding Student: Twelfth-grader Noelle Lilley exceled in English and hosts a segment of the district’s talk show, Education Round Table. She plans to major in journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

• Rodriguez PREP Academy Outstanding Student: Eighth-grader Daniela Ramirez-Rivera is outstanding in math, science, and the humanities. Her future plans are to attend college and major in engineering or architecture.

• Palm Avenue Elementary School Outstanding Students: Sixth-grader Blaise Kaylah Austin is an advanced reader and has great problem-solving skills. She wants to attend college in San Francisco or Oregon and become a singer or fashion designer; second-grader Michael Kemp is a role model to his peers and volunteers to help his classmates after completing his own work. He wants to become a teacher, a firefighter, or a police officer; and first-grader Esteban Reyes reads at a second-grade level and is the class computer expert. He wants to become a police officer.

• Serrano Middle School Outstanding Students: Eighth-grader Angel Avila is a hardworking, thoughtful, respectful, person who wants to attend a local high school and enter a career pathway that will let him help others; eighth-grader Teresa Sanchez is a writer and an excellent critical thinker. She wants to attend the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and practice law in Southern California; eighth-grader Jose Valdez has excellent attendance and behavior and won a Principal Award. He wants to study criminal justice and join the FBI or CIA.

• Middle College High School Outstanding Students: Twelfth-grader Carlos Cervantes volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Inland Empire and maintains a 3.85 G.P.A. He has been accepted to UCR, and he plans to dual major in history and English; twelfth-grader Marissa Eich is optimistic, creative, and thoughtful. She will graduate high school with more than 300 credits. She plans to attend the University of Redlands or Cal State San Bernardino; twelfth-grader Kwasi Hill loves sports, and excels academically. Kwasi plans to earn a degree in biology or physiology from Oakwood University.

• San Bernardino High School Outstanding Students: Eleventh-grader Thyara Z. Juarez has shown improvement in her academics and extra-curricular participation. She plans to attend San Bernardino Valley College before transferring to UC Davis and becoming a veterinarian; twelfth-grader Estevan Lozoya excels in his graphic design and silk screening classes. He plans to major in business and eventually open his own printing company; eleventh-grader Jordan D. Sartorio is improving his grades and his writing skills so he can attend the college of his choice. His goal is to someday design educational technology.

• San Gorgonio High School Outstanding Students: Twelfth-grader David Tamayo has challenged himself by taking more advanced elective and academic courses than he previously had. His goal is to attend San Bernardino Valley College and become a certified machinist; tenth-grader Phillip Lopez’s grades and attendance have improved significantly. He also joined the track team. Phillip wants to join the Army and serve his country before becoming an architect; twelfth-grader Roberta Salgado has contributed to the positive atmosphere on campus through her involvement in orchestra, student council, and other extra-curricular activities. She has been accepted to several colleges, but hasn’t yet decided which she will attend. She knows she wants to major in psychology or criminal psychology.