Temecula Valley’s January Students of the Month honored

TEMECULA – Six Temecula high school seniors were honored as Students of the Month on Jan. 10 by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce. The students were recognized by their families, teachers, school administrators, the business community, and locally elected officials. The Student of the Month program honors students who are making a difference at school and in their community.

William MacGavin, Temecula Valley High School

English teacher Andrew Arnold describes Will as a hardworking student who has taken on multiple college classes in Temecula Valley High School’s Dual Enrollment program with Mt. San Jacinto Community College. Will is President of the Science Olympiad, President of Didgeridoo Collaborative and involved in the National Honor Society. Following high school, Will plans to double major in environmental studies and environmental engineering.

Gabriel Caceres, Chaparral High School

AP Statistics teacher, Kristan Morales says she nominated Gabriel not only for his math skills, but also his ability to be a class leader. Gabriel says he is the youngest of three children and is the third to graduate from Chaparral. After high school, he plans to attend Arizona State, where he would like to major in pre-nursing and eventually become a Physician’s Assistant.

Megan Bernhard, Great Oak High School

English teacher Ms. Ricken describes Meg as both, “passionate and competitive.” Meg says she has wanted to be a writer as long as she can remember. Meg holds a cumulative 4.7 GPA, a 5.0 GPA her senior year, and has applied to Princeton and Yale. She plans to major in English. Following college, Meg aspires to become a photojournalist and essayist, working as a field reporter for the National Geographic. She would also like to be a contributor to her favorite magazine, the New Yorker.

Yash Pandey, Linfield Christian High School

English teacher Melissa Blades describes Yash as, “passionate, determined, intelligent, hard-working, honest, and kind.” “Yash is an excellent student with a great academic record.” Ms. Blades says she nominated Yash in large part because of his role as leader of Linfield’s Chapel Band. As a boy, Yash’s father died when he has just 10-years-old. He says while the situation was challenging, it gave him a greater appreciation for life. After high school, Yash plans to study biological sciences and hopes to attend medical school.

Spencer Shadley, Temecula Preparatory School

Spencer was nominated by

varsity basketball coach Shawn Stroud, who says, “Spencer has taught me to be a better leader.” In addition to basketball, Spencer plays volleyball and golf. He is also a member of National Honor Society, has completed over 500 hours of community service work and has gone on two humanitarian trips to Haiti. Spencer will take part in the ROTC Scholarship program in college, which means he’ll graduate as an officer. He says he looks forward to having a career in the military. Coach Stroud says, “Spencer works with everyone, students of all grades. He is a true leader and makes everyone feel special.”

Amber Neal, Rancho Christian High School

Amber was nominated by her literature teacher, Wendy Gorham, and math teacher, Lisa Bruce. Both describe Amber as cheerful, enthusiastic, helpful, honest, and organized. Amber says having grown up in a small family and attending a private Christian school since kindergarten, she has learned to put her life in God’s hands. Amber hopes to attend Texas Christian University where she would like to major in biology and go into the medical field.

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