Chaparral And Suzanne Schools Honor Students/Parents

By Anthony Saude


WALNUT — The Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees recognized both parent volunteers and outstanding students from Chaparral and Suzanne Middle Schools. During a board meeting held on October 18th eighth grade twins Kaitlyn and Kayla Loera, who attend Chaparral were honored with Super Star Student Awards.

Chaparral’s core belief is to educate the whole child through Academics, Athletics, Activities and Arts and these well rounded students exemplify the honor. Kaitlyn and Kayla are both 4.0 Honor Roll students and involved in on campus clubs, ASB, FBLA and Breakout EDU. They don’t stop there, they also play basketball, run cross country and golf; volunteer after school to tutor fellow students in math, technology aides and play in the Sinfonia orchestra.

Cindy Huang was also honored on this night with the Partner in Education Award for her extensive volunteer work coordinating events that benefit the school. She is the president of Chaparral’s Chinese American Parent Organization (CAPA) and has served as the vice president of the organization in the past. CAPA members work very hard all year to boost membership and have funded many projects for the teachers. They are responsible for the gold cords the school uses for its promotion ceremony and have contributed thousands of dollars to the school band and choir.

Suzanne 8th grader Chole Young received a Super Star Student Award as well on this night of recognition for the students and community members that support the schools. Chole embodies the school’s leadership class motto: Create Spirit and Serve Our Campus. One of the first school activities of the year was lead by Chole and she led her team flawlessly, her ability to work side by side with other team members until the task was finished was inspiring. She presented each team member a hand written note after the task was complete.

David Morales, a parent was honored with the Partner in Education Award for his work as a Community Club member and a supporter at Suzanne Middle School. Others have been inspired to motivate members to assist staff and students through his countless hours of service. Many of those hours are spent volunteering in the library, helping students at registration, and during the tests given at lunch and after school for the Accelerated Reader program. He is there at the WVUSD Coordinating Council and Technology Committee representing his school in exemplary fashion.

There was special recognition for the Wolf Corp Robotics Team on this special night. The team took the 2017 1st place Overall Core Values Award at the Razorback Invitational Robotics Competition at the University of Arkansas. There were 68 of the top rated teams from around the world present, including but not limited to Japan, Brazil, Israel, Slovenia, Canada, Korea, Chili and the USA just to name a few. The Wolf Corp. has been a regular at the podium having taken 1st place in Robot Performance at the Los Angeles Region Championship Tournament, Moonbot Phase One winner, Google Lunar X Prize, 1st Place Most Engaged Team from Lego Education. The team has also been awarded the So Cal First Lego League Cup Champion at Legoland on 3 separate occasions.


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