Mid­dle School Stu­dents Earn Top Honors

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The Stu­dents of the Month for Septem­ber, named re­cently at El Por­tal Mid­dle School, in­cluded three sev­enth graders and one eighth grade stu­dent. They were rec­og­nized at a break­fast meet­ing of the Escalon Ki­wa­nis Club, which spon­sors the recog­ni­tion pro­gram.

Hon­orees were sev­enth graders Kira Castellanos, Emma Gue­vara and Au­drey Kuen­nen, along with eighth grade stu­dent Se­bas­tian Perez-Castellanos.

Kira Castellanos was nom­i­nated by teacher Ken Bap­tista, who pointed to her pos­i­tive lead­er­ship and out­stand­ing cit­i­zen­ship as rea­sons for the nom­i­na­tion.

“Kira is off to a won­der­ful start in World History,” said Bap­tista. “Ev­ery day she comes to class with a smile on her face and ready to learn. She demon­strates out­stand­ing work ethic and lead­er­ship rou­tinely in class and is a pos­i­tive role model to her fel­low stu­dents.”

Bap­tista was also the teacher nom­i­nat­ing Emma Gue­vara for the honor. She was cited for out­stand­ing cit­i­zen­ship and pos­i­tive lead­er­ship on cam­pus.

“She is a very hard worker, who asks thought­ful ques­tions in class dis­cus­sions,” Bap­tista said of Gue­vara’s work in his World History class. “She is a re­spect­ful and pos­i­tive role model to her other class­mates. She also has a great sense of hu­mor and is a plea­sure to have in class.”

Teacher Tim Ta­nis pro­vided the nom­i­na­tion for Au­drey Kuen­nen and high­lighted her aca­demic growth and out­stand­ing cit­i­zen­ship in his re­marks.

“Au­drey is a great stu­dent in Art – she works hard on all her projects and has a great at­ti­tude,” Ta­nis said. “Au­drey is also very re­spect­ful and ob­vi­ously cares about the qual­ity of crafts­man­ship with which she com­pletes her art projects.”

The lone eighth grader hon­ored this month, Se­bas­tian Perez-Castellanos, was also rec­om­mended for the recog­ni­tion by teacher Ta­nis. His out­stand­ing cit­i­zen­ship and aca­demic growth were the rea­sons for his se­lec­tion.

“Se­bas­tian goes about his daily work in Art with a very quiet con­fi­dence,” Ta­nis noted. “He also has a re­spect­ful at­ti­tude, and he clearly has artis­tic skills and abil­i­ties. The only thing I’m dis­ap­pointed about is that he is in eighth grade and I won’t get to have him in Ad­vanced Art next year at El Por­tal.”

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Stu­dents of the Month named re­cently at El Por­tal Mid­dle School were, from left, sev­enth graders Kira Castellanos, Emma Gue­vara, Au­drey Kuen­nen and eighth grader Se­bas­tian Perez-Castellanos.

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