San Jacinto Valley students honored in February

Recipients of the Hemet/San Jacinto Student of the Month award for February are, from left, Erica Gutierrez, Abigail Lazarrus, Freddy Boyd, Amari Hill, Aaliyah Cruz and Kasey Aguilar. Jasmine McKenna, at right, was chosen in January. Not pictured, Cynthia Jauregui. Valley News/D.L. Starkey photo
The Hemet/San Jacinto Student of the Month program held its most recent recognition event at the Maze Stone restaurant at Soboba Springs Golf Course, Thursday, Feb. 17. With one carryover from January, eight local high school seniors were recognized and honored for their character, love of learning and commitment to academics in addition to their involvement in school and community activities and their ability to overcome difficult life challenges. And they do it all in a setting that honors God, America, family, community and free enterprise. Students are nominated by teachers or other school personnel for making a difference in their homes, schools and communities.Program founder and event facilitator Karena Zermeno also represents one of the sponsors, Altura Credit Union. Backpacks
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