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March Board Awards

March 27, 2024

By Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources

WALNUT, CA—Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees continued the long-standing tradition of recognizing exemplary students and community partners during the March 20 meeting. 

Quail Summit Elementary fifth grader Kaya Bansal was celebrated with the Super Star Student Award for the success she has achieved through hard work and perseverance. Not only has Kaya excelled in academics, but she is also a part of the school’s extracurricular activities including Spirit Squad and Special Mates, which is an opportunity to interact with special education students. Kaya has done a great job showing Quail pride while leading the Spirit Squad. She is thoughtful and intentional in interactions with her peers and staff. The kindness she shows does not go unnoticed. “We are excited to see what Kaya goes on to achieve in middle school!” said Principal Nicole Hernandez.

Crossing guard David Pulchini was honored with the Partner in Education Award. Every day, rain or shine, David is ready with a smile to keep the students and parents safe as they cross the street arriving or departing campus.  David just enjoys helping people! He was asked if he had another job, what it might be? He responded, “I wouldn’t change this job for anything It’s the best job ever. I’m kind of retired because I only work a few hours a day. And I hit the jackpot! I’ve never felt so connected to people without even knowing their names. The smiles recharge my batteries!” Congratulations, David!

Walnut Elementary fifth grader Sophia Cheng was recognized with the Super Star Student Award “What we appreciate the most about Sophia is her strength of character,” said Principal Robert Chang. Despite her father’s recent passing, she has shown resilience and displayed so much maturity for someone her age. Sophia has continued to excel in academics maintaining straight A’s, but more importantly she always maintained a positive attitude and cheerful disposition. She is also heavily involved in school activities including Student Leadership’s Reading Buddies, 100-Mile Club, and track team. Sophia is kind to everyone she meets, treats others with respect, and is loved by her peers and teachers. “She is an inspiration to so many around her!” Principal Chang added.  

Parent volunteer Erika Hsu received the Partner in Education Award for dedicated service at Walnut Elementary. Although she prefers to remain an unsung hero, Principal Chang took the opportunity to show public appreciation for all that she does for students and the school community. Erika became Community Club president in 2020 during COVID-19. During her two-year term, she faced the unprecedented challenges of building and maintaining a community through a Zoom screen and social distancing. Looking back, no one is sure how she did it, but she did! And now the Community Club is stronger than ever. Erika currently serves as Community Club treasurer, remains passionate about volunteering, and being a part of her children’s education.  “We’re sure there isn’t anything she can’t do!” Principal Chang added.


Shining Star! Trustees honored Quail Summit Elementary 5th grader Kaya Bansal with the Super Star Student Award. 

Quail Summit Elementary crossing guard David Pulchini was presented with the Partner in Education Award during the March 20 meeting.

Colt Champion! The Board of Trustees recognized Walnut Elementary 5th grader Sophia Cheng with the Super Star Student Award. 

Dedicated parent volunteer Erika Hsu was lauded with the Partner in Education Award during the March 20 meeting.