January 27, 2023
By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Community Resources
WALNUT, CA—The Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees spotlighted standout students and parent volunteers during the January 18 meeting.
Quail Summit Elementary fourth grader Madeline Lian was recognized with a special award as winner of the Superintendent’s Holiday Art Contest. Over 100 fourth and fifth graders from Walnut Valley USD elementary schools entered the competition. Madeline’s original and creative artwork was featured in a special holiday card for all staff members. Along with a certificate from the Board of Trustees, Madeline received a framed copy of her artwork, and gift card courtesy of Yogurtland in Walnut.
Maple Hill Elementary fifth grader Deepak Goteti was lauded with the Super Star Student Award. Deepak has been a model “Hawk” since stepping onto the campus as a four-year-old transitional kindergarten student. He is exceptionally hardworking and has a compassionate heart that seeks to nurture and help others. Deepak has made many contributions to the school as a member of Student Council, Math Olympiad, Conflict Mediator Club, and Broadcasting Team. “Deepak, as you spread your wings and soar, we want you to know we believe you can do anything!” said Principal Kim McNeil.
Parent volunteer Julie Lagos received the Partner in Education Award. Julie, a WVUSD alumnus, knows how to bring fun and magic to school events! Her creativity and passion for Maple Hill have blossomed into incredible activities, including monthly dine-outs, the first-ever outdoor movie night, and family skate night. Julie is passionate about supporting staff members with appreciation luncheons and special treats during the school year. She is also a fundraising master, and helped the school raise a record-breaking $60,000 this year. “Julie’s passion for our students and the community is a light that shines bright!” Principal McNeil said.
Chaparral Middle School eighth grader Yennah Song was recognized with the Super Star Student Award. Yennah’s hard work and determination in the Design-Based Learning program have helped her achieve academic success. Yennah is a talented musician, bringing the same energy to the Chaparral choir and as a budding guitarist. After school, Yennah is also one of the best softball players in the country and recently represented her area as an All-American for USA Softball. “The entire Chaparral family is behind Yennah in her pursuit of academic, artistic, and athletic excellence!” said Principal Robby Jung.
Parent volunteer Carolyne Morris was lauded with the Partner in Education Award. She is one of the most giving and popular members of the Chaparral school community, currently diligently serving as Community Club Vice President. Carolyne draws names (randomly) each week and prizes for students and their families for their partnership with the school. She also had a hand in the principal getting a new hairdo, a Mohawk, and hair color in October. “Thank you for all you do for our Chaparral community, Carolyne!” Principal Jung said. “You are absolutely treasured at our school!”
Quail Summit Elementary 4th grader Madeline Lian was recognized as winner of the Superintendent’s Holiday Art Contest.
Maple Hill Elementary fifth grader Deepak Goteti was lauded with the Super Star Student Award during the Jan. 18 Board Meeting.
Trustees recognized parent volunteer Julie Lagos with the Partner in Education Award on Jan. 18.
Chaparral Middle School eighth grader Yennah Song was recognized with the Super Star Student Award.
Chaparral Middle School parent volunteer Carolyne Morris was lauded with the Partner in Education Award on Jan. 18.