Hemet and San Jacinto Unified school districts announce March Students of the Month


Last updated 5/3/2018 at 11:34am


The Hemet and San Jacinto Unified school districts announce their March Students of the Month at a breakfast awards ceremony at the Sizzler restaurant in Hemet, including, from left to right, Ashlyn Dunn of Hemet High School, Michelle Corfee of Mountain View High School, Cesar Flores of Tahquitz High School, Sonia Chinedu of San Jacinto High School, Ivy Dunigan of Hamilton High School, Bobbie Rivers of West Valley High School and Lawrence Rose of ASPIRE Community Day School.

HEMET – Students from Hemet Unified and San Jacinto Unified School District were recognized March 22, as Students of the Month at an awards breakfast held at the Sizzler Restaurant in Hemet. Students were selected from Hemet High School, West Valley High School, Tahquitz High School, Hamilton High School, ASPIRE Community Day School, San Jacinto High School and Mountain View High School or Mountain Heights Academy.

Ashlyn Dunn was selected as the Hemet High School Student of the Month. Dunn was nominated by her math teacher and tennis coach, Kristin DeWit, for being a leader on campus. Dunn is the co-salutatorian, has a 4.33 GPA, is part of the Academic Decathlon team, is a section leader for the school's band and is on the varsity tennis team, which made it to CIF Team Division 4 quarterfinals. Next year, she will attend Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, to study applied mathematics. She plans to pursue a career as an actuary after college.

Bobbie Rivers was chosen as West Valley High School's Student of the Month. Rivers was nominated by her French teacher, Sarah Chapman, for her intellectual curiosity. Rivers is the salutatorian for West Valley with a 4.32 GPA; she is active in the school's Associated Student Body and volunteers in the community. She will be attending San Diego State University in the fall to major in psychology and minor in criminal justice. After earning her bachelor's degree, she plans to attend law school as she pursues her dream of becoming a district attorney.

Cesar Flores was selected as Tahquitz High School's Student of the Month. Flores was selected by his ASB teacher, Lee Jones, for his work ethic and kind heart. Flores is involved in many extracurricular activities. He is on the track and cross county teams, is an avid painter and is active in the school's ASB. Aside from the time he puts into school, he also works part-time jobs to help support his family in various capacities. He has been accepted to a few colleges, but he is still undecided. He plans to major in civil engineering. After college, he plans to come back to Hemet to help his family and give back to the Valley.

Ivy Dunigan was selected as the Hamilton High School Student of the Month by her English teacher Preston Brimhall. Dunigan was nominated for her empathetic nature and being a resource for students on campus. She has always held an interest in psychology and plans to use this passion to guide her into a fitting career path. She plans to attend California State University San Marcos to pursue a career as a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist.

Lawrence Rose was nominated as ASPIRE Community Day School's Student of the Month because of his dedication to his education. Rose was nominated by his teacher Todd Cassidy. Since his arrival at ASPIRE, Rose has earned a 3.98 GPA. He is still unsure of which school he would like to attend after high school, but he has dreams of becoming an architect.

Sonia Chinedu was selected as San Jacinto High School's Student of the Month.

"When I called Sonia into my office to announce her selection as March's Student of the Month, she was very surprised to be noticed by other teachers," SJHS Principal Luke Smith said. "She knew she was finishing high school in the top three of her class, but her humbleness is one of the many things about Sonia that makes us proud. Chinedu moved to the U.S. in 2015 and shared that she struggled at first in learning a new culture and having an accent that others either made fun of or kept repeating that they couldn't understand what she was saying.

"I just learned not to talk until I was spoken to," Chinedu said. She said that she found ways to be helpful on the campus and encourages everyone to not let what others think of them to keep them down, and there is power in a smile. Currently, Chinedu volunteers at the Hemet Valley Medical Center. She plans to attend college and eventually hopes to become a doctor. Jessica Meraz, from the SJHS Counseling Center, said Chinedu is a great help to other students that visit the center.

Michelle Corfee was nominated by her teacher Trisha Ochoa for Mountain View High School's Student of the Month.

"Michelle is very shy and reserved, has awesome academics, especially history, and has a talent for sports," Ochoa said. "But it is her peace-builder skills that really fuels her strength of character."

Corfee said that she plans to attend Mt. San Jacinto College and study physical fitness training as she has a passion for sports, and she plans to continue with her education and become a professional trainer.

"Michelle has the ability to build peace during situations on the girls' basketball court, which is something most coaches and principals fear," MVHS Principal Ken Swanson said. "Michelle is a remarkable young lady, and we have been fortunate to have her as a Warrior on our campus."

Sponsors of the Student of the Month Program donated backpacks filled with gifts, gift certificates, a plaque and much more. The students had an opportunity to thank their families and teachers who have supported them and helped them plan their future goals.


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