The Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce High School Student of the Month Recognition Program recognized five Murrieta students on Sept. 11.
The Murrieta students and their families attended a breakfast sponsored by numerous local businesses. At the monthly event students shared personal stories of their most significant life lesson, stories of victory over challenging life circumstances, where they plan to attend college and how they plan to "pay it forward" when they return from college.
Students received numerous gift certificates from community businesses along with certificates of recognition, congratulations and accolades from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.
Below is information about each of the students such as which school they attend, what their involvements are, and their plans for the future.
Murrieta Mesa High School Senior Shane Bryant is a member of his school’s United Student Body and he has been Class President for the last four years at Murrieta Mesa. Shane is on the varsity basketball team and he has been involved in a number of student clubs on campus. Shane believes his greatest contribution has been serving his school community through his involvement on campus from tutoring to organizing school events. Shane plans to attend either UCLA or Stanford as a pre-med biomedical engineering major. His goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Murrieta Valley High School Senior Kristen Wolf maintains a 4.1 GPA and she is a member of National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation and CEO of her school’s Virtual Enterprise team which went to the International Trade Show in New York last year and finished in the top six in the country. Kristen has also been the basketball team manager and she has been in the Crimson Cadets band. Kristen’s has made positive contributions to her school through the leadership positions she has held in band and Virtual Enterprise. Kristen was described as a kind, compassionate friend and mentor to her classmates. Kristen would like to attend UCLA or Boston University and combine her passion for business and the music industry.
Calvary Murrieta Christian High School Senior Brody Myers has played varsity football for three years and varsity basketball for four years. Brody is a leader on campus and a positive role model and mentor for the younger students on campus. Brody is described as a humble individual who has outstanding character and a desire to serve God. Brody plans to attend a four-year university and pursue a career as an athletic trainer. Brody said the most important lessons he has learned have been the value of hard work and seeking God.
Creekside High School Senior Haley Soto was described as a motivating force on her school campus where she is known for infectious smile and motivation. Haley said up until this year she did not have the determination she should have had to do well in school. She is now determined to get herself on track and do well in school. Haley is interested in going to a four-year college and majoring in psychology. She would like to become a school psychologist so she can help struggling students set goals and succeed. Haley has been involved in volunteering for the local animal shelter and Produce for People, Murrieta’s community garden that supplies food to the local food pantry.
Vista Murrieta High School Senior Nick Stevens is a three-sport athlete and an outstanding student who has maintained a 4.4 GPA while taking seven AP classes and five dual enrollment courses. Nick plays baseball and basketball and he is the quarterback of the football team. He is involved in Sports for Exceptional Athletes, a weekend sports camp for special needs individuals from ages 5 to 35. Nick has been involved in student leadership and AVID and he is known for his character and integrity and his willingness to reach out to others. Nick has received a football scholarship to attend Colorado State University where he plans to major in engineering.
The Student of the Month Program greatly appreciates the community's support and interest in the lives of our young people. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact Founder Sally Myers at 951-506-8024. If you would like to become a sponsor of the Student of the Month program, please contact Margaret Jones at 951-677-4856.
If you have any additional questions, contact Karen Parris, Murrieta SOM Publicity Coordinator at 951-696-1600 ext. 1022.
—Submitted by Karen Parris