NEWS Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
April 9, 2013 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204
Walnut Star Students and Parents Lauded
WALNUT, CA—The Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees recognized Walnut Elementary and Walnut High star students and parents during the meeting held on March 20.
Kelly Poon was honored as the Super Star Student from Walnut Elementary School.
“She is an extremely well rounded fifth grader who exemplifies what a 21st Century Learner should be,” said Principal Janet Green.
Kelly maintains a consistently high grade point average and is a GATE student involved in the school’s Forensic Science Club.
“She is a musician who plays the violin in our Orchestra, plays flute in our Band, and sings in our Showcase Choir,” the principal added. The 5th grader also helps out in kindergarten classes, is involved in the after school art program, and swims competitively with the El Monte Sharks.
“Kelly is able to do all this with the loving support of her highly involved parents who take advantage of every opportunity at Walnut Elementary including workshops from ELAC and our Parent Institute for Quality Education,” Green said.
Parent Yesenia Alrez was honored as Walnut Elementary School’s Partner in Education.
“She is a true partner in everything that happens here at Walnut Elementary,” said Principal Green.
“She has been a volunteer extraordinaire and a trustworthy Community Club leader for several years,” Green added.
Walnut Elementary staff members described her as caring, committed, confidential, dedicated, generous, reliable, and thoughtful.
“Yesenia volunteers for every fundraiser that we have in addition to working in the library and in the classrooms. She is an incredibly supportive mother to Wally, Kalvin, and Hanna, and, along with her husband, has taught them the importance of giving back to the school,” Green said.
Walnut High School parent Martha Carrasco was honored with the Partner in Education award.
“Martha is our current Latin American Parent Association (LAPA) leader,” said Principal Jeff Jordan.
“She has been instrumental with supporting our Hispanic students and their parents by providing various informational meetings from colleges and universities. Martha also organizes workshops as well practice SAT exams for our students,” he said.
Two Walnut High seniors, Heidi Shelton and Mauricio Madrigal were lauded as Super Star Students.
Heidi Shelton was recognized for her hard work and dedication at Walnut High School. She is in Band, takes AP courses, and was recognized as a 2013 National Hispanic Scholar.
Mauricio Madrigal was honored for his participation on campus, He is an AP student, Men’s Ensemble, the school Musical, and a 2013 National Hispanic Scholar, Jordan said.
Walnut Elementary Principal Janet Green, staff and family members congratulate Super Star Student Kelly Poon. Shown with Board President Helen Hall.
Walnut Elementary fifth grade Super Star Student Kelly Poon received a Certificate of Special Recognition from Board President Helen Hall.
Walnut Elementary Parent Yesenia Alrez was honored with the Partner in Education Award. Shown with Board President Helen Hall.
Walnut High School parent Martha Carrasco received the Partner in Education award during the WVUSD Board of Trustees meeting held on March 20. Shown with Board President Helen Hall.
Two Walnut High School seniors, Heidi Shelton and Mauricio Madrigal, were recognized as Super Star Students by the WVUSD Board of Trustees on March 20. Shown with Principal Jeff Jordan.