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Walnut valley Unified School District

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A Sizzling Reward

May 9, 2017

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources

WALNUT, CANine students were treated to a sizzling reward for achieving their personal best during the 19th annual Benihana Lunch with the Principal on Tuesday.

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 fifth grade honorees: Aayati Sangal– Castle Rock, DJ Ruffin – Cyrus J. Morris, Estrella Gallegos – Collegewood, Alicia Agalos – Evergreen, Alice Shen - Quail Summit, Leah Owens - Maple Hill, Brianna Velez – Vejar, Sunny Morales – Walnut Elementary, and Emily Santos – Westhoff.

Personal chefs entertained audiences while creating flaming onion ring volcanos, drizzling eggs into a cartoon characters, and flipping shrimp tails in stovepipe hats.

After enjoying the teppan-style meal, principals took turns sharing success stories about their students.

“Not only has Emily achieved academic excellence, she perseveres through hard times, she’s a fabulous friend, and always follows the Golden Rule,” said Westhoff Elementary Principal Denise Rendon.

“Estrella is very hard-working, resilient, and shows genuine compassion to classmates,” said Collegewood Elementary Principal Mary Wendland.

Evergreen Elementary Principal Carolyn Wills shared that her honoree was selected for demonstrating attributes from the school’s the Keys to Success character education program.

“Alicia shows perseverance and kindness to everyone and is sure to be very successful!”

Students received certificates, Benihana chef's hats, and keepsake photos.


Benihana chefs entertained Walnut Valley students and administrators during Lunch with the Principal held on May 9. 

Nine Walnut Valley USD students were honored during Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal. Shown with principals, Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, Board President Dr. Tony Torng, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Matt Witmer, and Assistant Superintendent Jeff Jordan. 

Nine Walnut Valley elementary students were honored during the 2017 Benihana Lunch with the Principal. 

Walnut Valley school leaders took turns bragging about their students during Benihana Lunch with the Principal on May 9. Shown: Evergreen Elementary Principal Carolyn Wills with 5th grader Alicia Agalos. 

WVUSD elementary students and school leaders enjoyed a special lunch prepared tableside during Benihana’s Lunch with the Principal. Shown: Westhoff Elementary Principal Denise Rendon with 5th grader Emily Santos.