By Kelli Gile
Walnut—The Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees recognized a standout student and parent volunteer from Vejar Elementary School during the September 20 meeting.
Fifth grader Talisa Perez received the Super Star Student Award for going above and beyond on her campus.
“Talisa is known by students, teachers, and the staff for her kindness, respect, and good citizenship,” shared interim principal Whitney Prenger.
She is a model student of the Vejar Values: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, BeSafe.
Teachers describe her as being a student leader who is kind, hard-working, and trustworthy.
She always gives 110% and encourages classmates to do their best!
Talisa has also been selected to represent the school in the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.
Parent volunteer Kelley Cua was honored with the Partner in Education Award for generously offering her time and expertise organizing various events for the school.
Kelley has helped out in every class on campus, been a steadfast community club volunteer, and annual book fair coordinator.
During the summer, she celebrates students’ summer reading accomplishments by throwing an ice cream party when they return to school.
One Vejar teacher described Kelley as being “selfless and kind. Even as a working mother, she came every Thursday to help in the classroom.”
“She’s always been known to be reliable, kind, organized, and willing to go above and beyond!” Prenger added.