The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce in September honored six Temecula high school seniors as Students of the Month.
The students were recognized by their families, teachers, school administrators, the business community, and locally elected officials, as examples of those who make a difference in other people's lives.
This year marks the 20th year the chamber runs its Student of the Month program.
The students honored are:
- Jasmin Valencia, Chaparral High School; nominating teacher, Navy Junior ROTC instructor, Lt. Col. Bishop: “Jasmin is a student who displays leadership, integrity and dedication to herself, her school and her community.” Jasmin’s father says that in addition to her academics and extra-curricular activities, Jasmin is a tremendous help at home, where she assists with her younger siblings. Jasmin hopes to attend UC Davis, where she hopes to start on the road to dentistry.
- Caroline Kittle, Great Oak High School; Great Oak High School Principal Keith Moore says Caroline is the type of student who stands out, “and that’s not always easy to do among a student body of over 3,600.” Caroline says one life lesson she’s learned so far is that, “The greatest aspect of learning is discovering the unknown - the questions that cannot be answered.” Caroline says she’s passionate about learning. Her future plans include attending college and majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
- Savanah Mears, Linfield Christian High School; Linfield Christian High School Principal Holly Wilson describes Savanah as, “a young lady of few words but with the determination of a lion.” Her nominating teacher says she nicknamed Savanah “the Golden Child” because "everything she does is perfection.” Savanah’s father describes her as incredibly driven with grounded spirituality.
- Natalie Shadle, Rancho Christian High School; Administrators at Rancho Christian High School say Natalie Shadle exemplifies the school as a student with a quiet spirit who leads by example. In addition to serving as her school’s ASB secretary, Natalie teaches piano and art lessons after school and is involved in leading the Children’s Ministry. In the future, Natalie hopes to attend Cal Baptist.
- Maxine Lauzon, Temecula Preparatory School; Maxine says she feels fortunate to have the strong support of her family, teachers and school community, “supporting and encouraging me.” She says the greatest life lesson she has learned so far is the satisfaction she feels from volunteering and giving back to the community. She is currently a volunteer for Hospice of the Valley. In addition to volunteering, she founded an after-school tutoring club. In the future, she hopes to attain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and work for an international company.
- Cody Martinez, Temecula Valley High School; Cody’s Air Force Junior ROTC instructor, Chief Master Sgt. Chip Dodson, describes Cody as having “a big heart.” He continues, “Cody’s first concern is always for the welfare of his fellow students.” Dodson says he nominated Cody for his core value of “service before self.” Cody says he would like to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and major in Global Security & Intelligence.