Murrieta Chamber honors High School Students of Month

Six area high school students were recently honored by the Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce as Students of the Month for November. Mur...


Six area high school students were recently honored by the Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce as Students of the Month for November.

Murrieta Mesa High School senior Brandon McIntosh is an outstanding scholar athlete. He is captain of the varsity basketball team and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Brandon is secretary of the Black Student Union and he is a member of the U.S. Biology Olympiad, California Scholarship Federation and Cal-HOSA, an organization for students pursuing careers in healthcare. Brandon is in the medical pathway at Murrieta Mesa and he plans to attend Baylor University, where he will major in neuroscience and then pursue a career as a neurologist. Brandon is known for being a leader on campus and for his self-discipline, high moral character and humility.

Vista Murrieta High School senior Tiffany Stills is in the top 5 percent of her class. In addition to being one of three drum majors who lead Vista Murrieta’s marching band, Tiffany is a member of California Scholarship Federation, Mock Trial, the Do Good Things Club, the Medical Club and Habitat for Humanity. Tiffany is a responsible leader who has poise, grace and maturity beyond her years. Under her leadership, the marching band recently won first place in California at the BOA Regionals and 14th in the nation at the Grand Nationals. Tiffany hopes to attend either the University of Chicago or UCLA and major in political science and criminal justice. She is interested in becoming a defense attorney.

Springs Charter School senior Sable Hunt grew up in an environment plagued by crime, gang activity and poverty. As a result, she developed severe anxiety, which she has worked hard to manage and overcome. Sable has shown an intellectual curiosity and perseverance when it comes to pursuing her education. In addition to being enrolled at Springs Charter School, Sable began taking college classes when she was 16 and she plans to go to the University of Hawaii and study astronomy and astrophysics. Sable hopes to pursue her passion for astronomy and someday work for NASA.

Murrieta Valley High School senior Colton Swingle is an excellent student who is ranked first in his class. Colton maintains a 4.47 GPA and he earned a perfect score on the ACT. While Colton has challenged himself academically by taking AP Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the same time, he has also learned how to balance his academic pursuits with athletics and extra-curricular activities. He is President of Science Olympiad, team captain of the varsity tennis team, he enjoys fishing and he volunteers in the University of California Riverside cancer research lab. Colton has a passion for science and his top college picks are UC Berkeley or Stanford. He plans to major in bio-engineering and hopes to find a cure for cancer.

Oak Grove senior Lakeisha Stanford has overcome a difficult life, where she said, "Everybody gave up on me, so I gave up on myself." Since making the decision to go to Oak Grove, Lakeshia has made incredible progress. She enjoys school and has improved her grades. Lakeisha has become a leader who mentors younger students as well as students with special needs. She is also an outstanding vocalist. Lakeisha said she has learned she can overcome adversity by staying focused on her goals and dreams and by making wise choices for herself. Her goal is to become a chef.

Murrieta Canyon Academy senior Rebecca Barros has a heart of gold and she loves to volunteer. Rebecca is a member of Murrieta Canyon’s Leadership Group and she oversees 30 student volunteers at the Vineyard Place, a facility for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She spent time modeling and acting in commercials when she was younger and by the time she was 12, she had started her own cupcake business. Rebecca struggled academically and by the time she entered Murrieta Canyon’s independent study program, she was two years behind. Not only has she made up the credits she was missing, Rebecca is on track to graduate early in December and she plans to attend San Diego Mesa College to pursue her goal of becoming a paramedic.

If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founder Sally A. Myers at 951-506-8024. If you are interested in sponsoring the Student of the Month program, please contact Margaret D. Jones, Chair of the Murrieta Student of the Month Program, at 951-677-4856.

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