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April Students of the Month

Alex Mata and Nancy Garibay


By Robert Jensen
The Desert Independent

April 19, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – At the past Palo Verde USD Board of Trustees meeting held on Tuesday, two outstanding students were introduced to the Board. Josie Koivisto, Principal of Margaret White, introduced Alex Mata as the Elementary Student of the Month.

In her introduction, Ms. Koivisto stated:

Margaret White Elementary School is proud to present Alex Mata as the PVUSD District Elementary Student of the Month.

Alex came to us this year from Painted Hills Middle School in Palm Desert, California. His family moved here to run the bakery in the Ranch Market grocery story. Alex as made many friends and is an important addition to Mr. Callan’s 6th grade class.

Alex is the son of Alejandro and Rosalba Mata. He has two brothers and two sisters. While he excels at all subjects he enjoys math the most. He is an excellent student with outstanding behavior and great work habits.

When not studying he enjoys playing soccer. He would like to be a lawyer when he grows up because he thinks it would be interesting.

For these reasons and many more, I would like to congratulate Alex Mata for being chosen PVUSD Elementary Student of the Month.

Filling in for absentee High School Principal Bonita Bradshaw, Vice-Principal Brandi Cox presented the Secondary Student of the Month to the Trustees.

In her presentation, Ms. Cox stated:

Nancy Garibay is the 18 year old daughter of Mireya and Delfino Garibay. She is currently a senior at Palo Verde Valley High School where she is actively involved with a multitude of activities including National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Interact Club, AVID and FFA. Nancy currently holds the offices of CSF President, Interact Vice President and Vice President of the Blythe FFA Chapter and holds the office of Treasurer for the Imperial Section of FFA.

During her time at PVVHS, Nancy has developed a passion for community service which is seen not only in her in-school activities but also in her involvement with the Riverside County Youth Advisory Board where she holds the position of Commissioner. This has contributed to Nancy’s desire to start a non-profit organization after college to benefit individuals who cannot afford medical attention. In addition, Nancy was selected to attend the FFA State Conference her junior year. She also attended the Inland Empire Future Leaders camp as an 8th grader and was invited back as a junior to serve as a Graduate Assistant camp leader.

Nancy has challenged herself continually throughout high school by completing her required A-G courses as well as taking the challenge to excel in honors and Advanced Placement Classes. Currently, Nancy has a cumulative grade point average of 4.218 and is ranked 2nd in her class. Nancy has been accepted to California State University Fullerton, Long Beach, San Bernardino, San Marcos, Northridge, University of California Davis, Mercede, Irvine and Santa Barbara as well as Northern Arizona University, Fordham University and Saint Catherine’s University.

Nancy plans to continue her education at UC Davis as a Neurobiology, physiology and Behavior major to prepare herself for entrance into medical school where she plans to specialize in Neurology.

Miss Garibay is truly one of the shining stars of PVVHS. I am proud to call Nancy my student and I’m equally proud to call her a fellow alumni. For these reasons and many more, Nancy has been selected as the Palo Verde Valley High School Student of the Month. Please accept her on behalf of the faculty and staff.



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