Board recognizes October Students of the Month

The Governing Board honored six outstanding Mesa Public Schools students at the Oct. 25 board meeting. Students from Kino and Smith junior high schools, and Emerson, Las Sendas, Longfellow and Wilson elementary schools have been named October Students of the Month.

Shelley Heath hugs Vincent Helsel at the Oct. 26 board meetingThe 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

Jeremiah Castro, seventh-grader, Smith Junior High
Mia DiCristofaro, sixth-grader, Las Sendas Elementary
Chantal Gandara Saldana, sixth-grader, Longfellow Elementary
Vincent Helsel, fifth-grader, Wilson Elementary
Porter Jefferies, sixth-grader, Emerson Elementary
Karina Muñoz Vega, eighth-grader, Kino Junior High

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: Student of the Month Vincent Helsel is hugged by Shelley Heath, Wilson Elementary principal, as Governing Board member Ben Smith looks on. (Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)


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