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Students honored by principals during Benihana lunch

NEWS                                                                                 Walnut Valley Unified School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              880 S. Lemon Avenue

May 14, 2015                                                                     Walnut, CA 91789



Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources

(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204


Students honored by principals during Benihana lunch

WALNUT, CA—Nine Walnut Valley students were treated to a sizzling reward during Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal on May 12.

Fifth grade honorees were celebrated for achieving their personal best.

Congratulations to Sami-Jo Diaz – Castle Rock, Jasmine Cruz - C.J. Morris, Jason Wang – Collegewood, Daniel Serna – Evergreen, Yilin Chen - Quail Summit, Jenna Fortier-Sauray - Maple Hill, Valerie Landeros – Vejar, Steven Villasana – Walnut Elementary, and Nancy Li – Westhoff.

The 17th annual event was held at the popular City of Industry restaurant.

Skilled chefs entertained audiences as they cooked up shrimp, chicken, and vegetables on hibachi grills during the teppan-style Japanese lunch.

The kids giggled as the clever cooks flipped shrimp tales into their hats and turned stacks of onion rings into smoking volcanoes.

“It was so good I’d do 20 extra math assignments for another bite of shrimp!” exclaimed Evergreen’s Daniel Serna.

Each elementary school was invited to select one hard-working student for making improvement in academics, citizenship, and working well with others.

Principals then took turns bragging about their students.

“Steven (Villasana) has emotional I.Q. and empathy for others,” shared Principal Janet Green from Walnut Elementary.

“Jason (Wang) was picked for his super star ways!” said Joan Perez, principal at Collegewod Elementary.

He recently used documenting-based questioning strategies on a 13 Colonies presentation.

“And he did an amazing job!” Perez said.

“This year, Jasmine became one of our PBIS leaders and is now mentoring our kinders,” said C.J. Morris principal Donna Hunter.

Honorees received certificates, chef's hats, goodie bags, and keepsake photos.

“The Benihana experience is one that I always treasure. It is a time that I can really connect with one of my students,” said Maple Hill Principal Nancy Stingley.


Benihana chefs entertained Walnut Valley students and administrators during Lunch with the Principal event on May 12. 

Nine elementary students were honored at Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal. Shown: Westhoff fifth grader Nancy Li. 

Nine Walnut Valley students were honored during Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal on May 12. 

Shown with their principals, Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, and Board President Larry Redigner, and General Manager Raymond Chen.