Warm Springs Middle School 7th grader receives school’s ‘Burning Flame Award’

Nico Aguilar poses for a photo with his mother, Betsy Aguilar, family members and friend Anel Jimenez and family after being presented with Warm Springs Middle School’s first Burning Flame Award Friday, Sept. 27. Courtesy photo

Nico Aguilar, a seventh-grade student at Murrieta Valley Unified School District’s Warm Springs Middle School was recognized during a Friday Flag Assembly at the school Sept. 27.

Aguilar, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient, was awarded the school’s first Burning Flame Award for his determination, growth-mindset and kindness toward others.

“Nico’s determination and growth mindset transcends his school,” Murrieta Valley Unified School District public information officer Monica Gutierrez said.

For the past two years Aguilar has been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and in September 2018, he received his first bone marrow transplant. Aguilar is currently awaiting a match for a second transplant, and every 21 days he receives chemo as an outpatient, all while maintaining his academics at Warm Springs Middle School, Gutierrez said.

“Nico continues to fight with a positive attitude regardless of the challenges. He is a very likable student with lots of good friends. His friends and the entire wildcat community are #TeamNico. We are honored to have him as a wildcat and fortunate to witness his bravery, determination and kindness,” Warm Springs Middle School Principal Terry Picchiottino said.

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