Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunrise Rotary honors student role models

Catherine DeulloaW

Catherine Deulloa

From page A9 | May 08, 2014 |

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently honored seven Davis and King high school students as Students of the Month for April. They are:

* Rudy Chacon-Campos, nominated by science teacher Sherri Sandberg, who wrote, “Rudy is very enthusiastic in Chemistry in the Community and has made many connections with the course content and the real world. Rudy’s family is from El Salvador and he visits their home their periodically. Rudy has shared with me many things that he observes about ways Americans deal with water, garbage, energy use and how these things are handled in El Salvador.

“I appreciate his perspective and he has helped me better appreciate what life is like in El Salvador. I have enjoyed watching Rudy grow over the school year. Rudy also participates in the SLEWS program and has worked hard on our North Davis Riparian Project.”

Cathrine Deulloa, nominated by several staff members at King High School, who wrote, “Cathrine was a student at King last year and she had moved to another state, only to return mid-year. This could have been a recipe for disaster, but Cathrine handled all the changes, and she is being recognized for her growth and commitment to her education. Cathrine has a laser focus on graduation; she is working hard to complete all the requirements and is also preparing for Senior Prom. She is serious, helpful to others and always has a smile to share.

Je Hsieh, nominated by world language teacher Lili Floyd, who wrote, “I chose Je Hsieh from my German 3 class. He has worked very hard to do well in German over the last three years. It is not an easy task because she has to use her second language, English, to learn German. I remember how hard it was when I was learning Spanish and Russian through my newly acquired knowledge of English — it requires so much thinking!
“Je also reminds me of what I value about being a teacher — the chance to meet students from here, and all over the world, and to learn from them. Just recently, when she was helping at Open House, Je told me that German is a good language to learn if you are in Taiwan because of the trade between Germany and Taiwan. She was explaining to visitors that your salary is likely to be much greater if you have learned German.
“Je has plans to return to Taiwan I am very lucky to have had the chance to get to know her.”

Brittney Joseph, nominated by math teacher Phil Raymond, who wrote, “Brittney is always prepared, participates fully, completes all assignments and is a joy to have in class. She arrives early, is cheerful, always will ask a question for clarity and can answer class inquiries with confidence. She knows the hard works it takes to rise to the top and is well on her way to much success in the future.”

Siyang Li, nominated by world language teacher Angela Cheung, who wrote, “Siyang studied Chinese I when he was in seventh grade. Even though he had to commute back and forth between junior high and senior high school, he still managed well and had great accomplishment in the class. Currently, he is in Chinese IV (Honors) class.

“Siyang has a passion in promoting Chinese culture. Over the years, he had performed violin show and Chinese yo-yo in the World Language Fair. Siyang also helped setting up, sharing learning experience with others, and cleaning up the booth at the end of the fair. Siyang is an attentive and responsible person. His active participation in school and community activity is a reflection for his good citizenship.”

* Keir Negron, nominated by music teacher Tom Slabaugh, who wrote, “Keir is one of the most encouraging, reliable and talented students in the music program. As a member of the Symphonic Band and Band Officers Council, Keir is one of the go-to students whenever something needs to be done quickly and with a high degree of excellence. Always one of my most encouraging and engaged students, Keir is the student who exemplifies school spirit by attending every Pep Band game and cheering on the team. He is also the student who, when he sees a student struggling, is the first to go help them with their musical endeavors. I truly wish everyone could have such a fine young man in their class.”

* Ankita Singh, nominated by science teacher Wayne Raymond, who wrote, “Ankita has shown a passion for physical science over the past two years. Last year in AP Chemistry, and again this year in Honors Physics, she quietly and unobtrusively rose to the top of her classes, using an excellent work ethic coupled with natural aptitude and interest.

“She held her own as the only female on the Davis High School National Science Bowl team that earned second-place rankings in the Sacramento Region both of the past two years, and I anticipate that she will be one of the leaders of the team next year. She was also one of the 10 Davis High team members on the 2013 National Science League Chemistry team that earned a second-place standing in the nation. It is fitting and proper that we celebrate her awesomeness.”


There are three Rotary clubs in Davis, which meet at noon Mondays, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 7 a.m. Fridays. Members provide service to their community and internationally. For more information about Rotary, contact Dennis Lindsay of the Sunrise club at, Samer Alassaad of the noon club at or Steve Boschken of the Sunset club at



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