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May Students of the Month

Irene Tamayo and Franklin Hughes


By Robert JENSEN
The Desert Independent

May 16, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – During the regular meeting of the Palo Verde Unified School District Board of Trustees this past Tuesday evening, two outstanding pupils were brought forward for recognition by their respective principals as the Students of the Month for May, 2012. Principal Jeremy James of the Appleby Elementary School brought sixth grader Irene Tamayo to the podium as the Elementary Student of the Month.

In his presentation, Mr. James stated:

Irene Tamayo is an outstanding sixth grade student at Felix J Appleby. Her homeroom class teacher is Mrs. Andrea Jimenez. Her parents are Rosa and Jose Tamayo. They have already had three of their children graduate from Palo Verde High School and she has one brother at BMS. She also has a niece in 1st grade at Appleby. Thank you to the Tamayo’s for all of the ADA they have generated over the years.

Irene’s path to Student of the Month was a rocky one. She started at Kindergarten at Appleby’s rival school, Ruth Brown. She spent over six years there before coming to the “Jewel of the Desert” in sixth grade. During her time at Appleby she has produced excellent work and her teacher, Mrs. Jimenez, describes her as an amazing student. She also states that “She came in my classroom with a smile and a positive attitude. Needless to say, she made friends quickly after coming to Appleby.”

We have a lot of exceptional students at Appleby. There were several of these students vying for student of the month. When I looked through their cumulative records, I found a statement from Stephanie Hall, Irene’s1st Grade Teacher, and it sold me on her being selected for the honor of student of the month. On her report card Mrs. Hall said “She is a very bright student with a promising future. I truly enjoy being with and teaching Irene each and every day. She honestly makes my job easier and more enjoyable. Thank you for sharing your daughter with me.”

In summation, Irene strives to follow the school and classroom rules, and takes to heart Appleby’s motto: “Never settle for less than your very best.” For all that I have mentioned and more I am proud to recognize Irene Tamayo as the elementary student of the month.

Mrs. Lisa Schlehuber, BMS Principal, then brought the Secondary Student of the Month, Franklin Hughes, forward and in her presentation, she stated:

It is with great pleasure to introduce Franklin Hughes as the student of the month for the month of May. Franklin is a school leader - involved in Leadership, ASB, Chess Club, Yearbook, and the swim team.

Frankie, as he is called by many, is always positive, helpful, and willing to volunteer whenever and whatever…as long as it means putting a smile on their face. I have had the unique opportunity to work with Frankie as one of our Leadership students. He does announcements, organizes, and motivates others.

Mr. Hughes has an excellent academic record with a 4.0 and proficient or better in all his CSTs. He currently is deciding right now whether to pursue a career in law or in veterinarian medicine. This conundrum just demonstrates his diversity.

He lives with his mom and dad, and is the oldest of 4 children, 2 sisters and a brother. But that is not enough love for Frankie; he also has 2 dogs and a hamster. He participates in the Boys Scouts of America and 4-H. This year he had a pig for the Colorado Fair. If he uses his powers of persuasion on his mom he will have a horse next year.

The staff of The Desert Independent would like to add their congratulations to those of the Board and audience in recognizing the achievements of these two stellar students.



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