Board recognizes April Students of the Month

The Governing Board honored six outstanding Mesa Public Schools students at the April 12 board meeting. Students from Westwood High School, Poston Junior High, and Crismon, Jefferson, Red Mountain Ranch and Redbird elementary schools have been named April Students of the Month.

SiliCowanThe Mesa Public Schools Student of the Month program gives the district the opportunity to celebrate success. 

Each month during the school year, students from elementary, junior high and high schools throughout the district are selected to receive the award. Honorees are recognized for quality of character and excellence in leadership, academics, arts, athletics and more.

Students of the Month win plaques and other prizes

Aitzya Alvarez, senior, Westwood High School
Benjamin A. Casino, sixth-grader, Crismon Elementary
Kirt Lewis Noble, eighth-grader, Poston Junior High
Tye Nelesoni Ropati, sixth-grader, Red Mountain Ranch Elementary
Sean L. Sili, fourth-grader, Redbird Elementary
Maritza Lizeth Zuniga Fierro, fifth-grader, Jefferson Elementary 

Board meetings come alive as families, friends, principals and teachers join district officials to honor Students of the Month. As videos show students in their daily school lives, their principals or other school representatives read thoughtful tributes aloud. Students take home special plaques and professional-quality portraits, provided by Mesa Public Schools. Winners also receive gift cards from the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence. Every presentation ends in proud handshakes, hugs and roaring applause from the crowd.

High expectations result in high student achievement

Student of the Month portraits hang on walls of honor in the Board Room and in the lobby of the Administrative Services Center. These smiling faces remind everyone who stops by that Students of the Month are shining examples of how high expectations pay off for the children of Mesa Public Schools.

Pictured: Sean L. Sili, a fourth-grader at Redbird Elementary, is pictured with Superintendent Michael Cowan. Sili gifted a traditional lei to Dr. Cowan as a show of honor and respect in his culture. (Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)


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