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MPS Governing Board honors December Students of the Month

Student of the Month Joslyn Knutson is congratulated by Deb Lynch, principal at Mendoza Elementary. (Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)

The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board honored six outstanding district students at its Dec. 13 board meeting. Students from Crossroads, Red Mountain High School, and Hawthorne, Mendoza, Patterson and Webster elementary schools have been named December Students of the Month.

The Mesa Public Schools Student of the Month program gives the district the opportunity to celebrate success.

Each month during the school year, students from elementary, junior high and high schools throughout the district are selected to receive the award. Honorees are recognized for quality of character and excellence in leadership, academics, arts, athletics and more.

Students of the Month win plaques and other prizes

Brett Barker, sixth-grader, Patterson Elementary.
Pedro Escalona, sixth-grader, Hawthorne Elementary.
Daphne Estrada Palma, sixth-grader, Webster Elementary.
Joslyn Knutson, sixth-grader, Mendoza Elementary.
Rebecca Moser, senior, Red Mountain High School.
Kenneth Cameron Toya, senior, Crossroads.

Board meetings come alive as families, friends, principals and teachers join district officials to honor Students of the Month. As videos show students in their daily school lives, their principals or other school representatives read thoughtful tributes aloud. Students take home special plaques and professional-quality portraits, provided by Mesa Public Schools. Winners also receive gift cards from the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence. Every presentation ends in proud handshakes, hugs and roaring applause from the crowd.

High expectations result in high student achievement

Student of the Month portraits hang on walls of honor in the Board Room and in the lobby of the Administrative Services Center. These smiling faces remind everyone who stops by that Students of the Month are shining examples of how high expectations pay off for the children of Mesa Public Schools.

– Heidi Hurst is supervisor of district communications for Mesa Public Schools.

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