The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis honored 11 Davis and Da Vinci high school students as Students of the Month for February. They are:
* Aasha Abbott, nominated by Da Vinci internship coordinator Susan Kirby, who wrote, “Aasha … wanted a place where she could work with animals as she was interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. She began interning on her own at the UC Davis Dairy Teaching and Research Facility. There are many UCD students that use this facility for classes, independent study and internships. Aasha was the only high school student doing an internship.
“This past fall when she started our formal program, she graduated from working with calves to the large cows and herding. … This vivacious Da Vinci senior knows how to handle these large animals and it was fun to watch. She said this internship has given her confidence to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.”
* William Chen, nominated by French teacher James Curley, who wrote, “This award goes to Will Chen because, despite some personal difficulties, Will has persevered in our French 1 class. Sometimes positive and effective communication can be a scary ordeal, even in English! Will has demonstrated diligence and resilience as he continues to work on his French language skills. Keep up the good work, Will.”
* Ryan Hsu, nominated by math teacher Jim Johnson, who wrote, “Ryan (Hon) Hsu is an outstanding student and terrific young man. Last year, Hon was a student in my Advanced Placement calculus AB, and did very well in all aspects of the class. Hon is outgoing and cheerful and friendly, and yet very polite and respectful. He has lots of energy, and he enthusiastically participated in all our class activities. He asked lots of questions and he enjoyed helping his classmates during group work.
“This year, Hon is my teaching assistant. He has been a tremendous help to me. He is hard-working, responsible and dependable, and also very neat and organized. He works diligently at any task I give him to do, and I am very grateful for his help. Every day, Hon makes my life a little bit better — and the lives of many of my students as well.”
* Alaina King, nominated by social science teacher Pete Haws, who wrote, “Alaina has impressed me with her consistent quiet excellence. As a scholar-athlete, she is impressive in the classroom and on the basketball court. Though soft-spoken, she participates and is always engaged. Her hard work is paying off in my world civilizations class and on the court where she has recently called up to varsity for the postseason playoffs. I am proud of her for being a well-rounded, humble role model.”
* Maggie McManis, nominated by Da Vinci science teacher Rebekah Rottenberg, who wrote, “Maggie is a rock star. On a daily basis, Maggie enters class prepared and eager to learn. Maggie balances a full class schedule while excelling in track and cross country. Maggie is one of the most organized and eager-to-learn sophomores I have ever taught: She always does her work, asks excellent questions, has a great sense of humor and stellar handwriting.
“But what sets Maggie apart from other students is not her constant enthusiasm to learn, and her consistent A-level work. What sets Maggie apart from other students is her willingness and desire to help others. Regardless of the class, Maggie will reach out to a student in need. She has a natural ability to include all students in activities and conversations and to make every student feel important. To have Maggie in class is like having another teacher in class and she makes my job not only easier, but better.”
* Guadalupe Montes, nominated by auto shop teacher Robert Thayer, who wrote, “Lupe has all the qualifications for this award. Here are some ways that Lupe has distinguished himself in basic auto. Most students have good days and bad days, but those with consistently high levels of performance, including good attendance and punctuality, are rare. He has been so consistent in these areas. Many students are successful in achieving the goals of the course, but lack a sense of purpose in what they are doing other than to get a good grade. Lupe seems to recognize that mastering the course content is the highest objective, and that good grades will follow from that.
“Lupe is excellent in avoiding distractions while at the same time maintaining good social relations with his peers. This contributes the very positive and professional attitude that he brings to class every day. Many students fall into categories of either mastering the academic course goals, but really being put off by the hands-on connect of the course. Other students are the opposite, struggling with the automotive theory but thriving at the hands-on. Lupe is mastering the theoretical and hands-on aspects of the course.”
* Richie Navarrete, nominated by special education teacher Steve Smyte, who wrote, “Richie is one of the hardest-working students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. Besides being a hard worker, Richie is one of the most polite, well-mannered and helpful students to grace DHS’ halls. Richie has gone above and beyond in his academics and received four grades of A in his first-semester classes.”
* Catriana Paw U, nominated by social science teacher Kelly Thomsen, who wrote, “Cat is an excellent student who not only works diligently to always stay on top and head of her assignments, but also actively participates in class asking genuine questions and adding comments and sharing. She is connecting with the subject. She is very respectful and always helpful to students around her.”
* Margaret Roeckl-Navazio, nominated by science teacher Sherri Sandberg-Ransom, who wrote, “Margaret (Mo) Roeckl-Navazio is my choice. Mo is a student in my biology class and a pleasure to have in class. She pays attention and is solid on the information of what we are studying. She is good at all the details of how cells work, etc.
* Aleczander Young, nominated by math teacher David Blackwell, who wrote, “Aleczander Young always comes to my fourth-period class with a passion to learn. He has exceptional work ethic and is extremely successful as a communicator of mathematics. Aleczander works great whether on his own or in a group setting. He is always willing to help another student who has questions regarding a problem, or a process to which to get a solution. Thank you, Aleczander, for being such a hard worker and I really appreciate how much you are willing to help others.”