Courtesy of San Benito High School:
San Benito High School teachers, counselors and administrators each week recognize students as Baler STRONG Students of the Week. STRONG is an acronym for (Scholarship, Teamwork, Reflection, Opportunity, Nurture and Growth), representing the core values of San Benito High School.
Each student earning recognition is presented with a certificate signifying the honor. Here are the recipients for the month of November:
For the week of Nov. 5-9, the following students were presented with Baler STRONG certificates:
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) honored freshman D’Angelo Blair. Blair “consistently comes in ready to work, never gripes, and is like an AVID cheerleader,” according to the nominating teachers. He was also recognized for his positive presence in class and ability to get students around him to participate.
The Physical Education Department nominated sophomore Natasha Blankenship, whom Leanna Morgan said “has been doing a wonderful job helping demonstrate gymnastic skills to the class and to peers when they ask her for help.” The department also recognized freshman Ricardo Montero because he “always goes above and beyond to help students and the teacher in all facets of the class.”
The Science Department recognized junior Yasmin Martinez for her scholarship, noting that she is an “excellent student” who “will do amazingly well in AP (Advanced Placement) Physics 1 and 2.” The department also honored Natyeli Guzman Lopez and noted that she is “an exceptional student” as well as “an example and a resource for her classmates.”
The Counseling Department honored senior Maria Astolfi, who “has adapted well since leaving her hometown of Alatri, Italy and joining us here at SBHS. She is proving to be an academic role model for our students.” The department also honored senior Andrew Lozoya Montoya for being “the epitome of an AVID student … especially the ‘individual determination’ part.”
The English Department nominated junior Joaquin Jesus Vasquez Morales for its Baler STRONG award, recognizing him for his teamwork in class. Senior Kenneth Roach also earned kudos from the department for his teamwork and scholarship. “He’s very polite and communicative in class, not afraid to ask questions, and advocates for himself. He’s always friendly and collaborative in class working with other students. He takes his academics seriously and it shows through his work. He’s a student-athlete and finds time to excel at both.”
The Math Department honored freshman Macy Luevano for displaying Baler STRONG values and sophomore Logan Galu for his “hard work and extra effort in Geometry.”
For the week of Nov. 12-16, the following students were presented with Baler STRONG certificates:
Social Sciences recognized sophomore Ashley Maggiora for exemplifying teamwork. She is part of a group in AP Euro that her teacher says is “currently setting the curve for the remainder of the class.” The department also honored sophomore Sean Abellara for earning the highest score on the World Studies midterm, always asking questions, and having no missing assignments.”
Career Technical Education nominated senior Reed Fulcher for exemplifying the Baler STRONG trait of scholarship, as he is “always on task, productive, and does a lot of repair work for staff vehicles.” CTE also recognized senior Jake Yamasaki for being an “outstanding student with an excellent work ethic.”
Visual and Performing Arts nominated senior Joey Rasmussen for exemplifying the Baler STRONG principles and senior Noah Gutierrez was recognized for “consistently demonstrating a positive attitude in schooling as well as in his interactions with peers and teachers.”
Migrant Education nominated senior Citlalli Solorio Villa for showcasing Baler STRONG principles and sophomore Cristobal Gonzalez for exemplifying the growth mindset of the values.
For the week of Nov. 26-30, the following students were presented with Baler STRONG certificates:
The administration recognized senior Alanah Martinez for her leadership as Associated Student Body president. “The time and effort she dedicates to leading one of the most comprehensive ASB programs in the area is unmatched,” her nomination noted. “We are proud that she is a Baler.” The administration also nominated junior Ramon Delgado “for his efforts in leading our revised Student Congress format” as its president. “He has shown notable resilience for how he has adapted to the new AFT (Academic Focus Time) period structure.”
Student Services nominated sophomore Ellie Miller, who was called “an amazing student. Not only is she kind to others, she is successful in school and achieves at a high level.” Junior Cyrus Turner also earned recognition from Student Services, which noted that “he works hard at everything he does. He is an excellent student who has an amazing future. He achieve at a high level and is always such a pleasure to be around.”
Leadership nominated junior Tristan Camacho for his teamwork, noting that he keeps the Leadership team “running smoothly” and “works diligently and is always ready to assist his fellow ASB officers.” Also recognized by Leadership was sophomore Thomas Breen, who is “always ready to lend a hand.” His positive attitude “keeps the whole ASB team positive,” the nomination stated, and he takes his job seriously.