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Elementary Students Treated to Lunch at Benihana

NEWS                                                                                    Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   880 S. Lemon Avenue
May 15, 2014                                                                        Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909)595-1261 ext. 31204

Walnut Valley Students Treated to Lunch at Benihana

WALNUT, CA—Eight elementary students earned a sizzling reward during the 16th annual Lunch with the Principal at Benihana Restaurant.

Elementary schools selected hard a working student to honor during the May 13 event held at the City of Industry restaurant.

The 5th grade special guests included Zayn Siddique - Castle Rock, Rex Hsu - Evergreen, Jesse Ramirez - Quail Summit, Yu Jing Guo - Vejar, Gaelen Shen – C.J. Morris, Andrew Blando – Collegewood, Matthew Mora – Westhoff, and Destiny Trujillo –Walnut Elementary.

Students were selected for improvements in academics, citizenship, growth, and working well with others. Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal provides an opportunity to recognize these youngsters for their determination and perseverance and to applaud it.

The friendly chefs entertained their audiences as they grilled up chicken, shrimp, and vegetables on their hibachi grills.

They skillfully drizzled eggs into the shape of a SpongeBob SquarePants character before scrambling it up into tasty fried rice.

After enjoying the teppan-style Japanese lunch everyone saved room for ice cream!

The principals were eager to brag about their students. Westhoff Principal Denise Rendon wished a belated happy birthday to 5th grader Matthew Mora during his tribute.

Collegewood Principal Joan Perez described 5th grader Andrew Blando as being a very unique because he really likes homework!  He also came to school early during a recent project to ensure it was completed on time.

“It showed perseverance and his willingness to focus on school and do his very best. We’re very proud of Andrew!” she said.

Quail Summit Principal Dr. Alysia Hobbs-Odipo said that typically the 5th grade teachers select a student to honor for the year-end event. But Jess Ramirez made such an impact that his 4th grade teacher nominated him a year ago.

“So Jesse was prepared for today far before any of the rest of us!” she said. “We believe the very best about him. Jesse has worked hard, he’s bright, and he’s thoughtful.”

Castle Rock Principal Carol Sullivan introduced Zayn Siddique.

“Zahn’s teacher, Mrs. Rogers, described him as a being a leader and very smart. Students look up to him for advise and help. He is a wonderful guy,” she said.

“Rex Hsu has made progress and is becoming a stellar citizen and student in his class,” said Evergreen Principal Carolyn Wills. Rex wants to be a racecar driver or a speed stacking champion. For his famous American report he said he learned about Babe Ruth.

C.J. Morris Elementary Principal Donna Hunter introduced 5th grader Gaelen Shen. His teacher said Gaelen has grown become a leader in his classroom, he is part of student council, and was one of the stars in last week’s Character Champions play.

Walnut Elementary Principal Janet Green introduced 5th grader Destiny Trujillo. 

“She is a straight “A” student, an incredible leader, and without her our recycling team would not be where it is today!” Destiny is a musician; she’s in the school Showcase Choir, and Band.

Vejar Principal Jennifer De Anda honored Yu Jing Guo.

“When you have a conversation with Yu Jing, you would not know she’s only been here in America for only one year. She speaks and reads beautifully, she is a wonderful helper, and she shows the Vejar Values.”

Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor presented each student with a certificate of recognition. The honorees received goodie bags, Benihana chef hat and posed for keepsake photos.

Benihana is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and celebrating with a year-long "Passport Challenge" and a grand prize of a trip for four to Japan. For more information on Benihana or the Passport Challenge" visit their website at


Benihana Restaurant hosted “Have Lunch with the Principal Day” on May 13. 

Benihana chefs created smoking volcanoes during the show.

Guests watched their chef toss shrimp tales into their hats. 

Eight Walnut Valley elementary students were honored by their principals at Benihana Restaurant on May 13. Also shown: General Manager Raymond Chen.