Murrieta Chamber recognizes Students of Month for April

The Murrieta Chamber of Commerce High School Student of the Month Program chose its students of the month for April. Front row, from left:...

The Murrieta Chamber of Commerce High School Student of the Month Program chose its students of the month for April. Front row, from left: Kathleen Navarro, Kaitlin Kight, Amy Dominguez, Rachel Dick and Kahlo Chitaroff (Annabelle Zeller not pictured). Back row, from left: Jennifer Pham, SOM Chair; Michael Munroe, Membership, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce; Pat Kelley, MVUSD Superintendent; Rick Gibbs, City of Murrieta Mayor; Margaret Jones, SOM Chair.  Photo by Kip A. Cothran.

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

Murrieta Mesa High School senior Kahlo Chitraroff is a strong student who carries 4.1 GPA. Chitraroff is involved in his school as President of Rooted in Christ, Secretary of Cal HOSA, a member of Student Venture, National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. He was on the cross-country team for three years and the mountain bike team four years, serving as team captain this year. Chitraroff will attend Colorado Mesa University on an athletic scholarship and he plans to become a nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant. After taking two mission trips to Nicaragua, Chitraroff was inspired to help people living in poverty and his goal is to become a medical missionary in third world countries.

Vista Murrieta High School senior Kathleen Navarro is an outstanding student who maintains a 4.39 GPA while taking 16 Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes. She is on the varsity golf team and was in the wind ensemble and advanced concert band. Kathleen is Vice President of CSF and a member of National Honor Society and Interact Club. Navarro is a person who truly cares for others and is known for being kind and humble. She loves science and plans to attend the University of California Irvine or UC San Diego and major in biochemistry and biology. Navarro plans to become a physician and looks forward to going on medical mission trips to third-world countries.

Murrieta Valley High School senior Annabelle Zeller was in Kentucky competing with the Robotics team at the VEX World Championships on the day of the Student of the Month breakfast. In addition to being an influential member of the Robotics team who helped her team qualify for the World Championships, Zeller is a member of her school’s Virtual Enterprise program. She is also a member of Link Crew, Student Senate and Yearbook and she volunteers at the public library. Zeller successfully balances her academics with her many extra-curricular endeavors while maintaining a 3.4 GPA. Zeller is a leader who gives 110 percent and is committed to serving and making her school a better place. She has already enlisted to go into the Navy after graduation in June and will be an information systems technician.

Calvary Christian High School senior Rachel Dick is active in church and school and is known for being intuitive, kind, helpful and humble. Dick is co-enrolled in classes at MSJC and after she completes her general education requirements, she hopes to transfer to Point Loma University to get a degree in business. Dick plans to continue to serve her community by working with the homeless and after college she would like to work in a non-profit charitable or missions organization. Dick said after losing a friend in 2014, her faith carried her through and she realized the importance of taking advantage of every day and the opportunities presented to her.

Springs Charter School senior Kaitlin Kight has been dual enrolled in the independent study program at her school and in college. In addition, she has worked 25 hours a week and had an internship at an elementary school. Kight has a huge heart and makes juggling all of her commitments look easy. She is a hard worker who takes risks and pushes herself outside her comfort zone. During her internship, interacting with the students inspired her to pursue a career in education. She plans to attend Cal State San Marcos.

When Oak Grove Schools senior Amy Dominguez came to Oak Grove, she was quiet and unsure of herself after having been bullied. While at Oak Grove, Dominguez blossomed and found her voice and vision. She has learned the joy of giving back and is very involved in the Interact Club, ASB, dance and choir and also works at Temecula Olive Oil Company. Dominguez is a leader in the classroom; she helps her peers and the younger students who struggle. The other students look up to her and they respect her advice.

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 Program Chair Margaret D. Jones at 951-677-4856.

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