NEWS Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
October 23, 2015 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909)595-1261 ext. 31204
Walnut Valley star students, community members receive honors
WALNUT, CA— The Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) Board of Trustees recognized outstanding students and community members during the October 21 meeting.
Castle Rock Elementary kindergartener Eva Jorgenson was honored as a Super Star Student. She recently came up with plan to raise money to help children, families, and communities in third world countries.
As an International Baccalaureate School, Castle Rock strives to develop global students. Teachers facilitate learning through units of study and students are encouraged to develop action plans to solve problems.
After learning that some children are unable to go to school due to limited resources, Ava wanted to do something to help. The kindergarten classes held a fundraiser to support World Vision and raised a total of $2,500.
“Eva has a heart and mind to touch the life of another,” said Principal Resma Byrne.
“We are honoring her because we want her to know it only takes one child, one thought, one question to make a difference in the world.”
Castle Rock parent Christina Munoz was recognized with the Partner in Education Award.
“Christina is dedicated, committed, and reliable. What I love about Christina is the fun that she brings to whatever project she’s spearheading,” Dr. Byrne commented.
“She is my balance and she is always ready with a solution. Christina a great mother and a great Community Club president!”
CJ Morris Elementary student Nathan Tome received the Super Star Student Award.
“Every one of Nathan’s teachers agreed that he embodies the qualities of a star student!” said Principal Shehzad Bhojani.
The well-rounded fifth grader plays two sports, has a passion for science and social studies, and displays strong character and values, especially the IB Attitude of Integrity.
“Nathan is humble and kind, well liked by peers, and the first to help a struggling student. He is an overall good kid!” Bhojani added.
CJ Morris Elementary selected Dr. James Lin as the recipient of the Partner in Education Award.
This year, Dr. Lin is donating his time to coach the school’s Science Olympiad team.
Lin is medical doctor by profession who now pursues his passion of writing and education. He created the non-profit Bio Agents organization, published several novels, and has helped many students win awards in writing and in science competitions. He also volunteers as head coach of several middle and high school level Science Olympiad teams.
Dr. Lin is also a graduate of Chaparral Middle School and Diamond Bar High School.
“We’re thankful for his time and commitment in providing CJ Morris students the opportunity to experience the Science Olympiad,” Bhojani added.
Rotary Club of Walnut Valley received the WVUSD Partner in Education Award.
“Rotary has been a wonderful partner to the Walnut Valley Unified School District for many years,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.
Most recently, the non-profit organization presented a $2,500 donation to support literacy needs across the District. They generously gave the same amount last year.
“We can’t thank them enough for the work they do with our students and all that they do throughout the community,” Dr. Taylor added.
The World Youth Education Foundation was also honored with a WVUSD Partner in Education Award for its matching $2,500 donation.
Castle Rock kindergartener Eva Jorgenson received a Super Star Award during the October 22 Board Meeting. Shown with Board President Larry Redinger.
Shown with Board President Larry Redinger, Principal Dr. Resma Byrne and family members.
Castle Rock parent Christina Munoz, shown with Board President Larry Redinger, was honored with the Partner in Education Award during the October 22 meeting.
Also shown with Board President Larry Redinger, Principal Dr. Resma Byrne, and family members.
CJ Morris Elementary fifth grader Nathan Tome was presented with the Super Star Student Award on October 22. Shown with Principal Shehzad Bhojani and Board President Larry Redinger.
Shown with Principal Shehzad Bhojani, Board President Larry Redinger, and family members.
CJ Morris Elementary honored Dr. James Lin with the Partner in Education Award. Shown with Board President Larry Redinger and Principal Shehzad Bhojani.
Rotary Club of Walnut Valley received the WVUSD Partner in Education Award during the October 22 meeting. Shown with Board President Larry Redinger, members Steve Tye, Bruce Chitiea, Betty Tang, and Bill Longacre.
World Youth Education Foundation received the WVUSD Partner in Education Award during the October 22 meeting. Shown: Board President Larry Redinger presenting award to Betty Tang, also with David Argudo.