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Outstanding students honored at breakfast

The Fallbrook Community Student of the Month Program honored Yesenia Campos Gutierrez of Ivy High School and Lydia Brambila, Brittney Doehring and Tatiana Prestininzi of Fallbrook High School at a buffet breakfast at Fallbrook Golf Club’s Hukilau Restaurant on February 5.

The program has marked its 12th year and has honored 393 superior students to date.

At the commencement of the program, Frank Larkin and Karl Fekete of the American Legion Post 365 honored these young ladies with a “Lamp of Knowledge” medallion recognizing their achievements.

“I would like to welcome everyone here,” began emcee Sue Johnson. “We honor these four young women for their accomplishments.”

Out of 3,000 students in the district, Yesenia, Lydia, Brittney and Tatiana, all in their senior year, were commended for their exceptional efforts.

“We love hearing their stories and we walk out of here with a little bit more air in our step knowing that you guys are in charge of our future,” said Johnson.

Yesenia Campos Gutierrez earned her nomination from Ryha Cawley of Ivy High, who was unable to attend the breakfast.

On behalf of Cawley, Sheri Ryan spoke highly of the senior, saying many teachers placed Yesenia at the top of their voting list.

“Yesenia has always wanted to do everything well,” said Ryan. “Every teacher at Ivy is just really proud of her and always is happy to have her in their room.”

Yesenia will be graduating in March and her professional plans include a career as a dental hygienist.

“I would like to thank Ivy High School,” said Yesenia. “When I first started I wasn’t really into school but they changed my mind about that; they pushed me and made me feel like somebody cared.”

Kathy Waite, Fallbrook High School’s field hockey coach, endorsed Lydia Brambila for the Student of the Month award.

In addition to being on the principal’s honor roll, Lydia is an exceptional athlete. Playing three sports, she has demonstrated her abilities in field hockey, soccer and track and field.

Waite described Lydia as a dedicated athlete. And as an achiever, she has always displayed a high degree of sportsmanship, which is why she was named the 2008 team captain of the First Team All-League.

With a litany of awards over the last few years, Lydia was named San Diego County’s “Player to Watch,” CIF semifinalist with five “Player of the Game” awards and to San Diego Union’s All Academic Team for her field hockey performance.

“Just yesterday, Lydia signed her letter of intent with UC Davis, which is a Division I school,” added Waite.

For Lydia, working with Waite has been a great experience. “[She] is also my role model,” said Lydia.

Tim Oder of Fallbrook High School nominated Brittney Doehring for the Student of the Month award.

Oder said that in his career, he has noticed two kinds of students: the innately intelligent and those with great work ethics.

“When you put both of those together you get a very special and rare combination and Brittney is one of those people,” he explained.

Brittney has maintained a “leader by example” persona, while being recognized for her participation on the Fallbrook High School tennis and track teams.

Her academic record is outstanding and her involvement in church work, Odor said, makes Brittney an outstanding citizen and role model.

“I wish I had 160 more students just like her,” he said.

Passionate about vocal arts and guitar, Brittany is an aspiring musician who plays at local venues – Hukilau and Brother’s Bistro restaurants.

“I just want to thank everybody for being able to be part of this great experience,” said Brittney.

Tatiana Prestininzi was nominated by teacher Sharon Griener of Fallbrook High School.

“Tatiana is amazing and has been in my American Sign Language program for four years,” said Griener. “This year, she is the ASL Club president.”

Described as responsible and self-motivated, Tatiana also serves as Fallbrook High School senior class president and FFA south region president. She has also volunteered more than 2,400 hours of service to the community.

“Tatiana has strong ethics and sets a positive example of success through all her hard work and honesty,” said Griener.

Following graduation, Tatiana plans to attend a four year university.

“I appreciate this support from our community and it’s amazing to grow up in Fallbrook and to be able to call this our home,” said Tatiana, directing her appreciation to both the community and the Student of the Month committee.

Friends, family, members of business and service communities of Fallbrook and representatives of elected officials were in attendance of this esteemed event.

In recognition of their achievements, honored students walked away with numerous gifts and certificates donated by the community.

Sponsors and donors for the Fallbrook Community Student of the Month Program include: Angel Society, 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, Dr. Richard Goble, Kiwanis Club of Fallbrook, Major Market, North County Orthodontics/Dr. Michael Allen, Rally for Children, Soroptimist International of Fallbrook, American Legion Post 365, Pacific Western Bank, Fallbrook Golf Club and Hukilau, Fallbrook Printing, North County Times and the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News.

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