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Walnut valley Unified School District

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Board Honors Collegewood Super Star Student, Community Partner

October 24, 2016 

WALNUT, CA--The Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees honored a standout student and her mother during the October 19 meeting.

Collegewood Elementary 4th grader Pitzil Milagro Avila Castellanos received the Super Student Award for going above and beyond in her learning.

She excels in all content areas, acts with integrity, and consistently demonstrates thoughtfulness, shared Principal Mary Wendland.

This year, Pitzil Milagro started her own business to raise money for a playhouse and donated books to a kindergarten classroom.

Teachers describe Pitzil Milagro as kind, intelligent, motivated, responsible, and an out-of-the-box thinker.  Classmates say the super star student has a “golden heart.”

Pitzil Milagro aspires to become a doctor or a soccer player.

“I have no doubt that she will work to make her dreams come true,” Wendland added.

“She is an example of everything we value at Collegewood and she represents the very heart of our school.”

Collegewood parent Betsy Avilla Castellanos, Pitzil Milagro’s mother, received the Partner in Education Award.

“She sets a wonderful example of what it means to live out commitment with heart,” said Wendland during the presentation.

Betsy serves on the school’s Community Club with a positive outlook and willingness to help in any capacity. Last year, she played a pivotal role in developing the school’s successful Grades of Green recycling program

The dedicated parent also donates countless hours to ensure the school carnival is a success and a place where students can create lifelong memories with their families.

“She is truly a reminder of the good that exists in our community and it makes perfect sense that her daughter would share those same admirable qualities,” added Wendland. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!”

By Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources


The WVUSD Board of Trustees honored Collegewood Elementary student Pitzil Milagro Avila Castellanos and her mother, Betsy Avilla Castellanos on October 19. Shown with Principal Mary Wendland and Ignacio Avila. 

 Collegewood Elementary student Pitzil Milagro Avila Castellanos received the Super Star Student Award on October 19. Shown with Board President Helen Hall.

Board President Helen Hall presents Collegewood Elementary parent Betsy Avila Castellanos with the Partner in Education Award. 

Collegewood staff members celebrate Super Star Student and Partner in Education Awards.