Murrieta high school Students of the Month honored

Shown standing from left to right are: Dan Stake, Alta Pacific Bank; Sandy Word, Which Wich; Andy Morris, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce CEO;...

Shown standing from left to right are: Dan Stake, Alta Pacific Bank; Sandy Word, Which Wich; Andy Morris, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce CEO; Derric Gonzalez, Altura Credit Union; Mary Walters, MVUSD Executive Director of Secondary Education and SOM Emcee. Shown sitting left to right are: Hannah Hebdon, Springs Charter School; Stephanie Seibuhr, Oak Grove; Monique Barrera, Murrieta Canyon Academy; Arabella Reece, Murrieta Valley High School; Allyson Bean, Vista Murrieta High School and Jonah Sanchez, Murrieta Mesa High School.
Photo by Kip Cothran, KC Photography

Outstanding high school students in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District were recently honored by the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce and Student of the Month program for the month of November.

Murrieta Valley High School senior Arabella Reece is an excellent student who is passionate about learning and living life to the fullest. As an International Baccalaureate diploma student, Arabella takes academically rigorous courses and she is ranked fifth in her class of 596 students.

Arabella is also a varsity distance runner and she has verbally committed to attend Pitzer College in the Claremont Consortium to run on their cross-country and distance track team while pursuing a degree in media studies. Arabella sings and plays guitar in a band and she wants to pursue a career in the entertainment business.Arabella also runs a charity called For the Record, where the money raised goes to help underfunded music programs.

Murrieta Canyon Academy senior Monique Barrera transferred to MCA in her sophomore year. She was behind in credits and MCA helped her do better. Monique said the death of her older sister made her stronger as a person.

Although she struggled in school and made mistakes, she said mistakes are part of the learning process and now she stands strong and doesn’t give in to peer pressure. Monique plans to attend MSJC and then transfer to a four year college.

Oak Grove senior Stephanie Seibuhr is part of the leadership group at her school. She has learned to prioritize her time and she works two jobs on campus as a teacher assistant. Stephanie has learned to step out of her comfort zone, make connections and use a growth mindset.

She uses healthy coping skills and she has learned to bounce back. She enjoys painting and photography. Stephanie wants to attend Victor Valley Community College and she would like to work with a suicide prevention service to help people who feel helpless and alone.

Springs Charter School senior Hannah Hebdon is in the KEYS independent study college prep program. Hannah’s mother had health issues for a couple years and the program allowed her to pursue her education at home while helping with her siblings. Hannah is an independent worker who is disciplined and she has learned that patience is key and it takes a lot of hard work to succeed.

Hannah is known for being humble, for having a broad perspective on life and for being a good listener. She is a member of National Honor Society and she takes dual enrollment classes. Hannah plans to attend MSJC and transfer to a four-year college. Her goal is to become an OB/GYN.

Vista Murrieta High School senior Alyson Bean is a four-time scholar athlete who maintains a 4.4 GPA while taking 14 dual enrollment and advanced placement courses. Aly is President of Vista’s Bronco Bleacher Creatures, the school’s spirit club, which makes the school a better place by holding recognition events and sports rallies.

Aly also started “Find a friend Friday” and she said her role in BBC has taught her to get comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Aly has played varsity golf for four years and she was all-league three times and a three-time CIF qualifier. Aly has received a division one golf scholarship to the University of Denver. She plans to major in math with a concentration on finance and she wants to be a high school or college math teacher.

Murrieta Mesa High School senior Jonah Sanchez is an outstanding student who is completing Murrieta Mesa’s Health Careers Pathway. He has been a four-year member of the school’s NJROTC program and this year he is a senior commander who leads and mentors 75 cadets. In addition to balancing his academic schedule with his responsibilities as a senior leader in NJROTC, Jonah is a nationally-ranked mountain biker and he holds the 2015 State Championship title and the 2016 SoCal Series Championship in mountain biking.

Jonah said he has learned that dedication, commitment and perseverance are the keys to reaching success. Jonah plans to attend Milligan College in Tennessee, attend EMT and nursing schools and then become a firefighter.

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