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By Joe Naiman
Village News Reporter 

Vallecitos Student of the Month ceremony honors 20


Last updated 3/4/2021 at 12:51pm

Ken Taylor

Village News/Shane Gibson photo

Ken Taylor watches from the car as his first grade son, Mayson, receives his Student of the Month award during a drive-thru ceremony.

Twenty Vallecitos Elementary School students were recognized during the school's Student of the Month ceremony Feb. 23.

The drive-through ceremony honored pre-school students Jonathan Flores and Isabella Lopez, kindergarten students Isabella Olvera and Saul Alvarez Reynoso, first-graders Matias Anaya, Jose Perez, and Mason Taylor, second-graders Aaron Duenas, Victoria Alvaro Mateo, and Leonel Zacarias and third-grader Madelyn Yanez.

Also honored were fourth-graders Candelario Francisco-Regino and Rochelle Hernandez, fifth-graders David Loera and Jesus Perez, sixth-graders Julyanna Camacho and Stephanie Reyes, seventh-graders Isaac Castellanos and Daisy Robles, and eighth-grader Raul Duenas Jr.

"We're very proud that through the pandemic we're still able to celebrate our students in a drive-through fashion," said Vallecitos Elementary School Principal Maritza Koeppen, who is also the Vallecitos School District Superintendent. "We're excited to continue celebrating our student achievement."

When a specific student was being honored, the car in which the student was being driven stopped and the student then left the car to have his or her photograph taken. The students also selected a book. "They get to receive a book as a reward," Koeppen said.

A Leer and Captain Books donated the books for the students.

Each teacher selects one or two students for the Student of the Month honor. The Feb. 23 ceremony honored the Student of the Month recipients for January 2021. "We're just proud of everyone, and we're excited to continue celebrating students each month," Koeppen said.

Victoria Alvarado

Village News/Shane Gibson photo

Vallecitos Elementary School second grade student Victoria Alvarado exits her family's car to receive her Student of the Month award during the Rainbow school's drive-thru students of the month ceremony, Feb. 23.

Matias CruzIsabella LopezJames SharkeyKen TaylorVictoria Alvarado


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