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Sizzling Reward!

NEWS                                                                                    Walnut Valley Unified School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     880 S. Lemon Avenue

June 23, 2016                                                                        Walnut, CA 91789



Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources

(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204

Walnut Valley students honored at lunch with the principal event

WALNUT, CANine students were treated to a sizzling reward for achieving their personal best during Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal.

After enjoying a teppan-style lunch prepared by a personal chef, the students were honored by their principals.

Each of the nine elementary schools in the Walnut Valley Unified School District chose a hard-working student to celebrate during the special lunchtime adventure held at the City of Industry restaurant.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees: Andrea Illingworth – Castle Rock, Noah Evans – Cyrus J. Morris, Edgar Wu – Collegewood, Daniel Lee – Evergreen, Anthony Ruiz - Quail Summit, Jazmine Brooks - Maple Hill, Francesca Campos – Vejar, Roy Lin – Walnut Elementary, and Madison Apolo – Westhoff.

The 18th annual event was held at the popular City of Industry restaurant on May 17.

The skilled chefs entertained audiences by creating tiny smoking volcanos from onion rings and flipping shrimp tails in their stovepipe hats.

“I liked the fire with the volcano best!” exclaimed Evergreen fifth grader Daniel Lee.

Principals took turns bragging about their students. 

CJ Morris Principal Shehzad Bhojani credited his honoree, 4th grader Noah Evans, for showing tremendous improvement in reading and writing, always smiling, and sharing jokes.

Quail Summit Principal Jeanette Koh shared that her 5th grade lunch guest, Anthony Ruiz, is a positive influence on his peers.

“He is a student of character and always rallies above to do the right thing,” Koh said.

“We selected Roy for his outstanding academic achievement this year. He maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA, was in the  GATE program, and very involved in school,” said Walnut Elementary Principal Robert Chang.

“One of the qualities Andrea Illingworth demonstrated this year, along with academics and citizenship, is perseverance after a surgery,” said Castle Rock Principal Dr. Resma Brown.

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


Benihana chefs entertained Walnut Valley students and administrators during the 2016 Lunch with the Principal event. 

Nine Walnut Valley students were honored during Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal. Shown with their principals, Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, Board President Helen Hall, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Matt Witmer. 

WVUSD elementary students and school leaders enjoy a special lunch prepared tableside during Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal. 

Nine WVUSD elementary students were honored at Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal. Shown: Evergreen Principal Carolyn Wills and Daniel Lee.