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Delfin, Ice, Rivas, Rodriguez, and Wojdynski given awards


Last updated 1/17/2008 at Noon

Fallbrook Community Students of the Month for January 2008 are (from left) Ivy High School senior Elizabeth Rodriguez, Oasis High School senior Linda Delfin and Fallbrook High School seniors Brooke Wojdynski, Vicky Rivas and Lindsey Ice.

Linda Delfin of Oasis High School, Elizabeth Rodriguez of Ivy High School and Lindsay Ice, Vicky Rivas and Brooke Wojdynski of Fallbrook High School were presented with awards and recognized as outstanding students at the Fallbrook Community Student of the Month breakfast held January 10 at Fallbrook Golf Club.

“These students are ‘perfect gifts’ to the community,” said emcee Sue Johnson. “They are our lights that shine.”

After Johnson introduced each of the award recipients, Carl Fekete and Frank Larkin of American Legion Post 365 presented keepsake medals to each of the five individuals to recognize their accomplishments.

Delfin was selected for the Student of the Month honor after being nominated by Oasis High School teacher Dave Major.

“Linda is a very dedicated student who is deserving of this award,” Major said. “She and her family lost their home in the Rice Canyon Fire and despite that, she has remained focused on her academic work and stayed on track.”

Delfin, 17, has handled all the necessary paperwork to try and help her family recover from their fire losses, because her mother speaks limited English. Requiring her to take time away from school and her job at Regency Fallbrook, Delfin has served as the family representative, interfacing with federal and county representatives, in hopes of obtaining assistance for her family. Delfin shared the experience of losing her home with those in attendance.

“I want to thank everyone for giving me this honor,” Delfin said. “I’m not sure what I want to do in the future, but I would like it to involve dance.”

Rodriguez was celebrated as a Student of the Month based on the recommendation of Ivy High School teacher John Roche.

“When Elizabeth came to Ivy, she was behind in credits; now she has not only made all those up but will end up graduating early, in March,” Roche said. “In order to do that, she has had to work very hard.”

Rodriguez, who is active in the Associated Student Body organization at Ivy, is described as a hard worker and a quick learner. She volunteers her time as a Junior Volunteer with the Fallbrook Hospital Auxiliary and serves as both a teacher’s assistant and office aide at the school.

“I want to thank Mr. Roche and I am looking forward to graduating in March,” Rodriguez said. “After graduation, I plan on attending Palomar College and studying child development. After that I want to get my degree in child psychology.”

Ice was selected as a Student of the Month after being nominated for the distinction by Advanced Placement English teacher Pam Munro.

“Lindsay is a scholar, a leader and a volunteer,” Munro said. “She is a sophisticated writer and a person who gives more than is expected of her.”

Ice carries a 4.14 grade point average, is an Advanced Placement Scholar and a member of the California Scholastic Federation (CSF) and participates in both varsity diving and gymnastics at Fallbrook High School.

She is a leader on the campus Link Crew, a Warriorhead and active in Warriors for Christ. She regularly volunteers her time to the Bread of Life organization, a homeless shelter, the youth group at Fallbrook Presbyterian Church and a children’s ministry in Oceanside.

“It’s such an honor to be here and be recognized,” Ice said.

When asked about her plans for the future, she said, “I want to find my passion and pursue it. I’m not sure what I want to do yet.”

Rivas was named Student of the Month based on the recommendation of American Association of University Women member and Advancement Via Independent Determination (AVID) mentor Barbara Ajello.

“It is my pleasure and honor to introduce Vicky Rivas,” Ajello said. “She is so extraordinary, hardworking and diligent, and a high person of integrity.”

Rivas has been a member of the AVID program since seventh grade and adheres to a challenging and rigorous academic program. She is described intelligent, responsible and one who helps support her family. She is employed by the Grand Tradition and volunteers her time with the charitable Rally for Children organization.

“I just consider myself a regular student,” Rivas said. “I really want to be a pillar of strength for my family and want to be the first generation in my family to attend university. I want to thank Barbara Ajello for everything she has done for me.”

Wojdynski was nominated for the Student of the Month distinction by Fallbrook High School Career Counselor Karen Ricci.

“I have to toot

horn because she is so humble,” Ricci said. “She is very passionate and has an energy about her that is amazing. She puts her heart and soul into projects. She is also a person who is not afraid to ask the hard questions.”

Wojdynski serves as the Associated Student Body ASB president at Fallbrook High School, is a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll and has participated in sports and dance. She has served as the student representative on the FUHSD Board of Education and has been honored as a Warriorhead.

“Mrs. Ricci is the reason so many Fallbrook [High School] kids are successful,” Wojdynski said. “All I am is made up of the people I’m around. I want to thank everyone for this honor.”

Family members, friends and members of the business and service communities attend each Student of the Month event, at which time the honorees are presented with many award certifications, gifts and other items of recognition.

The Fallbrook Community Student of the Month Committee organizes and presents the program with the support of numerous local businesses and organizations, including the Angel Society, Dr. Thomas Aspel, Bonsall Rotary, Bonsall Woman’s Club, Dr. Randy Carlson, Coldwell Banker Landmark Group, Fallbrook AAUW, Fallbrook High PTSA, Fallbrook Republican Women Federated, Fallbrook Village Rotary, Fallbrook Woman’s Club, Dr. Daniel Flores, Garret Group, Dr. Richard Goble, Kiwanis Club of Fallbrook, Major Market, Pala Mesa Resort, Dr. David Plocki, Rally for Children, Rotary Club of Fallbrook, Soroptimist International of Fallbrook, Dr. Charles Taft, American Legion Post 365, Pacific Western Bank, Fallbrook Golf Club and Hukilau, Fallbrook Printing, the North County Times and the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News.


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