MVUSD Honors Students of Year at Local High Schools

Back row, left to right: Sally A. Myers (Founder), Sean Hadden (Murrieta Police Chief), Pat Kelley (MVUSD Superintendent) Patrick Ellis (CEO...

Back row, left to right: Sally A. Myers (Founder), Sean Hadden (Murrieta Police Chief), Pat Kelley (MVUSD Superintendent) Patrick Ellis (CEO, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce) and Margaret Jones (Chair). First row, left to right: Serena Hughes (Murrieta Mesa High School), Tiffany Escorcia (Calvary Murrieta Christian High School), Christina Madalo (Murrieta Valley High School), Nida Zahid (Oak Grove Center), Amie Garcia (Vista Murrieta High School). Not pictured: River Springs Charter School senior Curtis Hohl.

News release from the Murrieta Valley Unified School District:

The Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce High School Student of the Year Recognition Program was held on May 28. The students and their families attended a breakfast sponsored by numerous local businesses. Each Student of the Year received a $2,200 college scholarship along with numerous gift certificates from community businesses, certificates of recognition, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.

Murrieta Mesa High School senior Serena Hughes maintains a 4.43 GPA and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Hughes is president of the California Scholarship Federation, vice president of the National Honor Society, secretary of the Seniors helping Seniors Club and as a member of the Make a Wish Club. One of her proudest accomplishments this year was helping raise $5,000 to grant a wish to a sick child. Hughes has a passion for teaching others, which led to her teaching Sunday school at her church and tutoring Chinese students at her school. She will attend UC Berkeley in the fall and plans to study Biological Science with the goal of becoming a molecular biologist.

Calvary Murrieta Christian High School senior Tiffany Escorcia has a passion for helping people in her community and in third world countries. She is involved in her school’s missions program and she has taken 21 missions trips to Haiti, Belize and Mexico. This summer she is going to Zambia and she will also be a counselor at Camp Alandale in Idylwild for underprivileged foster youth in Riverside County. Escorcia helps students with special needs and she tutors kindergarteners. She is also the National Honor Society President, ASB Vice President, a member of Justice Club, which raises awareness about human trafficking, and a member of the Bridge Club, which helps freshmen adjust to high school. Escorcia plans to go into the nursing program at Cal State San Marcos and use her nursing skills in the mission field overseas.

Murrieta Valley High School senior Cristina Madalo maintains a 4.3 GPA and is an AP Scholar with Distinction, having taken 10 AP classes. Madalo has received the Presidential Service Award and she earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by organizing a luncheon for veterans at the Murrieta Senior Citizen Center. She has been a four-year member of ASB, she is a member of the National Honor Society, participates in Science Olympiad, is a member of the Paws for a Cause Club. She also plays varsity and club soccer. Madalo loves working with senior citizens and she started the Nighthawk Senior Pals Club and volunteers at the Senior Center. Madalo is headed to Johns Hopkins University on a soccer scholarship. She will major in biomedical engineering. In the future, she plans to start her own prosthetic design company.

Oak Grove senior Nida Zahid maintained a 4.0 GPA while working part-time. She has made a big impact on campus as the leader of ASB and the Interact club. Zahid is a role model for her peers and she is poised, gracious, compassionate and kind. Zahid has overcome more challenges than many people encounter in a lifetime and she is committed to her education. She has discovered that helping other people makes her happy.She plans to enroll in a community college licensed vocational nursing program and go on to become a registered nurse.

Vista Murrieta High School senior Amie Garcia is one of the top 10 students in her class. She has a 4.3 GPA and she is the Senior Class President, President of the National Honor Society, a member of Link Crew, the Fitness & Nutrition Club and the Do Good Things Club. She has played piano in advanced jazz band for four years. She has also played varsity softball, runs cross-country and is in track and field. In her first year on the Speech and Debate Team, she came in second place at her first tournament. Garcia is headed to Harvard, where she plans to study economics. After college, she plans to join the Peace Corps and serve in Latin America and after that she would like to work for the World Bank, which provides loans to developing countries.

River Springs Charter School senior Curtis Hohl has a passion for learning and he has many interests. He loves computer programming and video editing. Hohl is an avid motorcyclist and he works at Riley's Farm doing living history reenactments. Hohl also has a heart for people who are mentally challenged. He is involved in a disability ministry at his church and he volunteers for the Light and Power ministry for adults with disabilities at a church in Redlands. Hohl has gone on mission trips to Mexico to build houses and he will travel to Germany this summer for the Greater Europe Mission Conference. Hohl plans to attend Cal Baptist University, where will major in software engineering and continue serving others and using his gifts to make the world a better place.

The Students of the Year were chosen by a panel of anonymous, independent judges from this year's Students of the Month. These outstanding college-bound students were chosen for their character, integrity, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, community service and how they make a difference on their high school campus.

If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact Sally A. Myers, Founder, at 951-506-8024.

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