Students of the Month – March & April 2021

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH – March & April 2021

MARCH 2021

Juliana Garcia ’24
Nominated by Ms. Catalán
Educating Hearts & Minds

Juliana has been highly motivated since day one.  She was one of the first students to join me during Office Hours & Collaboration at the beginning of the year to ask clarifying questions. She is effective in communicating what she needs to help with and is able to reflect on the things she has missed to move her forward. Since then, she continues to show engagement by participating in class, asking questions via chat or out loud, and overall progress academically. Great job, Juliana!

 

Neranti Gary ’22
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Educating Hearts & Minds

Neranti has been a very dedicated student, he is always participating, he is always trying his best to be on task with the remote learning environment and he is always respectful to others.  I am very pleased with his work and self-structure even when he is in remote learning. Thank you for your hard work, it is an example of Educating Hearts & Minds.

 

German Gonzalez ’23
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Bringing Hope

German is a part of my Spanish for Native Speakers and since the very beginning he has always participated and completed his work.  He is a very respectful young scholar and is one of the first to volunteer.  His actions help others to feel motivated and it encourages them to participate as well.  This is a great example of leadership and perseverance; truly characteristics of our Bringing Hope pillar.

 

Chelsea Hoang ’22
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Being Family, Bringing Hope, Educating Hearts & Minds, Building Respect

Chelsea is a great example of strength, determination, cooperation, perseverance, and much much more. After going through very rough times, Chelsea never gave up and continued with the same tenacity and self-structure in her classes as well as always showing respect to others.  She has shown examples of all of our Holy Cross pillars and I feel so proud of her in this particular month.  Thank you Chelsea for being the way you are!

 

Joycelyn Hutchinson ’23
Nominated by Ms. White
Building Respect, Educating Hearts & Minds

Joycelyn is self-disciplined in completing her assignments.  She has great organizational skills.

 

Aryan Mohindra ’23
Nominated by Mr. Rodriguez
Educating Hearts & Minds

Aryan is a hard-working student, one who seeks to excel in all aspects of education.  He’s a very inquisitive thinker, one who is eager to fully grasp curricular content and assessment expectations. Not only is he goal-oriented, but he also submits noticeable passion into his work…I am incredibly proud to see his strong performance over this challenging semester.

 

Ailinh Nguyen ’22
Nominated by Mr. Baptist
Building Respect, Educating Hearts & Minds

Ailinh is a rock star! She jumps into every assignment with both feet, head first, heart on her sleeve, and whatever other metaphor that could possibly apply when it comes to engagement and authenticity.  Thank you for being so consistent, and for approaching each of our classes as an opportunity to see the world with a broader perspective!!! “Mr. Baptist, your mic is not on” 😀

 

Kristen Onate ’24
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Educating Hearts & Minds, Being Family

Kristen has been a great Mariner! As a Frosh, she has shown respect, dedication, excellent academic integrity and she is always showing good spirits to all.  This is a great example of Being Family and Educating Hearts & Minds.

 

Malia Radich ’22
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Being Family

Malia came as a transfer student this semester, she joined my AP class, and of course, she didn’t know anyone.  Her hard work put her in the same place as the rest of the class and her loving personality fit immediately with the feeling of being family that we have in our AP class. Her cooperation and appreciation of diversity that shows in her work and participation are a clear description of our pillar Being Family, this is why I nominated her for Student of the Month for March 2021.

 

Jocelyn Ramirez ’21
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Bringing Hope, Educating Hearts & Minds

Joselyn has gone through several difficulties since last year. She began the year in my AP class but had a schedule change and could not continue in the second semester.  However, she is determined to take the AP exam. So despite all her difficulties, she continues to meet with me once a week outside of school hours and she has been working and practicing very hard in order to accomplish her goal of taking the AP exam.  I am not sure if she realizes that this demonstrates our pillars of Bringing Hope and Educating Hearts and Minds. Joselyn is still managing lots of barriers but she is a great beacon of hope for us all, working little by little you can accomplish great things!

 

Sanjay Sanford ’22
Nominated by Ms. Catalán
Building Respect

Sanjay had consistently participated in class and has shown self-discipline, self-management and has been accountable for his success in class.  He has improved tremendously this semester and will participate and ask clarifying questions.  He is a scholar I can count on to respond when I ask for participation and I know he will ask a question when something is unclear.  I am SO proud of your accomplishments Sanjay!

 

Benjamin Torrence ’22
Nominated by Ms. Catalán
Building Respect

Benjamin has consistently participated and been present in class. He makes it a point to turn on his camera and be actively engaged while on Zoom calls as well as participate when we’re in person.  He is a student I can count on to be responsible and make good decisions. Keep up the good work!

 

APRIL 2021

Reimius Aceret ’23
Nominated by Mr. Rodriguez
Educating Hearts & Minds

Reimius is a dedicated artisan.  He’s an impressive creator of exceptional work that is deemed far above commonplace.  Reimius often takes a challenging project and amazingly constructs a final product that is viewed as an ideal sample of tremendous work.  He is truly gifted with an intelligent and creative mind.  I’m constantly proud of him.

 

Christa Alhadate ’22
Nominated by Ms. Wainwright
Educating Hearts & Minds

Christa has been an outstanding student in English 11 all year, and has done especially good work through our most recent novel unit, contributing consistent and thoughtful insights regularly in discussion and writing an excellent essay showcasing her growth in writing. Christa is a star student for sure!

 

Diana Angeles ’23
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Educating Hearts & Minds

Diana is taking Honors Spanish 3 this year which is a very rigorous class. She does not let that intimidate her though and she keeps working hard to be successful.  The main reason why I am nominating her is that she is always so kind, respectful, and tries her best to participate and encourage others to do the same. Right now she is traveling because of sports but that doesn’t keep her from joining my classes (when wifi is available) and completing all her assignments. She is a true example of Educating Hearts & Minds.

 

Antonella Avanto ’21
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Educating Hearts & Minds

Antonella has been a great student in my AP class, despite being a little shy.  She is always bringing an insightful participation particularly when we touch on social justice issues.  She is kind, respectful, and a hard worker and these are some of the reasons why I am nominating her as Student of the Month.

 

Sam Barnes ’23
Nominated by Mr. McKenna
Bringing Hope

Sam has been the MVP of MCTV this year! He has single-handedly assembled every “MCTV: In the House” episode this season which required hours and hours of his time on Friday nights and weekends.  (And he’s not even in the class this semester!)  Sam is talented in so many ways – he is a tech whiz, a skilled editor, and reliable beyond compare.  I can’t imagine not having his help this year. Each and every week he lives the Holy Cross pillar of Bringing Hope by sharing his considerable gifts with the entire Mariner community. And he does it on “the down-low”. So let’s shine a spotlight on Sam Barnes for his amazing efforts to ensure that “the show must go on!”.

 

Gina Bayona ’23
Nominated by Mr. Spinelli
Educating Hearts & Minds

Gina is always one of the first students to log into Zoom.  She is ALWAYS on camera and has a smile on her face.  She never hesitates to ask clarifying questions, a true sign of an engaged student.  She completes all tasks on time and every assignment shows 100% effort.  She also never gives up making her the perfect candidate for Student of the Month!

 

Kendal Beasley ’24
Nominated by Ms. Catalán
Building Respect

Kendal has been a true light in this time of COVID. She works hard, is disciplined and manages herself quite well. She participates in class, even when it’s not the easiest to do so and has maintained her assignments the whole year. She asks clarifying questions and is just a blessing to have in class. Thank you Kendal for all your hard work and exemplifying what a true Mariner should be!

 

James Bell ’22
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Educating Hearts & Minds

I have been more than pleased with James’ quality of work, participation, communication, and respect.  He is always maintaining high work ethic and it shows in the results of his work.  Being in remote learning the entire time hasn’t been easy, but James has found a way to accomplish the best with himself-structure and motivation.  You are a great example of Educating Hearts & Minds.

 

Manav Chaudry ’22
Nominated by Ms. Catalán
Educating Hearts & Minds

Manav has been consistently invested in his education since day one and has shown interest in participation in every class he has been a part of. I appreciate all of his hard work this year. Thank you Manav!

 

Andrew Choy ’22
Nominated by Mr. Baptist
Bringing Hope, Being Family

LOVE Andrew’s approach to everything he does in our class.  He’s pragmatic and can separate how we WANT to see things from how they NEED to be seen.  He’s empathetic, thoughtful enough to understand that what we are seeing (often) isn’t how things have to be.  Choy’s writing is always organized and direct.  Similarly, his recorded analysis is clear and never lapses into redundancy.  Thank you for being my student, Andrew Choy! Co-teach Jr. US History with me next year! (Or just enjoy what I hope is a very normal/exciting Senior year and we’ll just say ‘hey’ in D-Hall once in a while).

 

Sydney Ebert ’22
Nominated by Ms. Catalán
Educating Hearts & Minds

Sydney has proven herself to be a resilient, capable and responsible student throughout this month (and year!).  She has made academic progress and excellence in her class.  She is always attentive in class, whether in person or via Zoom. Her discipline and organizations have helped her be successful this year.  Keep up the good work Sydney!

 

Logan Granzella ’22
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Bringing Hope, Being Family, Building Respect, Educating Hearts & Minds

Logan has been an awesome leader. He is Captain of the Water Polo team this year and with all the changes due to COVID we haven’t been able to practice with our coaches since 3 of them are out of state. So, while we wait for the head coach, Logan has jumped right into coaching/teaching all the essential skills to his teammates, especially the new ones.  He helps them with respect and structure and this is a clear example of all of our Holy Cross pillars. Way to go Logan!

 

Brandon Hernandez ’24
Nominated by Mr. Spinelli
Educating Hearts & Minds

Brandon is seeing academic success by staying organized in all his courses.  He has no missing assignments and is very well organized.  He asks questions in class when he is confused and is always engaged both through hybrid and distance learning.  He always has a positive attitude which is why Brandon truly showcases the Mariner Mindset.

 

Divisha Khanna ’23
Nominated by Ms. White
Building Respect, Bringing Hope

Divisha demonstrates Holy Cross values. She is always willing to help her fellow classmates and is self-disciplined in completing her assignments.

 

Patrick Landeza, Jr.
Nominated by Ms. Chen
Being Family

Patrick was on the recognition list to be an interviewer for the STARTALK Spring Conference on April 9, 2021, which was founded by the National Security Agency, because of his outstanding language learning outcome and experience. I believe this exhibits our Holy Cross pillar of Being Family.

 

Danica Martinez
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Educating Hearts & Minds

Danica is one of our great water polo athletes. She has volunteered to help out with the new members of our team and she has facilitated the instruction of the basic skills for all of them during practice. She does this in a very kind and humble way and yet with the necessary structure for all. Thank you for doing a great job! You have demonstrated what being part of the Mariner family and Educating Hearts & Minds means.

 

Jamila Mata ’24
Nominated by Ms. Catalán
Being Family

Jamila has brought a smile to my face every day I have taught her. She is the first one to turn on her camera and greet me whether it’s via chat or vocally. She responds and participates regularly and brings such a human element to the class when it’s not so easy to do so. Even when we started hybrid learning and she stayed at home, her cheeriness and cooperation were felt through the screen. Thank you so much for all your cooperation, participation, and joy Jamila!

 

Aryan Mohindra ’23
Nominated by Ms. Wainwright
Educating Hearts & Minds

Aryan has been an outstanding student all year long in English 10. Not just because of the good work that he does, but because of his commitment to learning, willingness to make mistakes and learn from them, and positive attitude and contributions in Zoom discussions. I really appreciate Aryan’s growth mindset and look forward to seeing his growth in the coming years.

 

Victoria Niemann ’24
Nominated by Ms. Catalán
Being Family & Building Respect

Victoria has been a phenomenal student! She has been responsible, asks clarifying questions, and has self-discipline and can manage herself quite well. In addition to all of that, Victoria has made the class enjoyable not only to her classmates, but to me as well. She will ask questions about one’s day and is truly interested in how people are doing. I look forward to seeing her in person next school year.

 

Tiffany Nguyen ’24
Nominated by Ms. Krisman
Being Family, Building Respect

Tiffany is the top player in our badminton class, but her classmates do not mind losing to her because she treats them with respect and consideration.  She has a great sense of humor and brings her classmates into her positive spirit! She embodies the perfect sportsmanship we strive for, respect for self and your opponents!

 

Elijah Perez ’21
Nominated by Mr. Spinelli
Bringing Hope

Elijah Perez always has a positive attitude and connects with every student on this campus.  As an anchor for MCTV, Elijah demonstrates a knowledge of what it means to be a true Mariner. He is patient, hardworking, and dedicated.  In class, he is always one of the last students to log off of Zoom and always asks how I’m doing.  These daily check-ins demonstrate his empathetic nature. Eli is a true Mariner and I wish him all the best in the future.

 

Kamara Pitts ’22
Nominated by Ms. Patterson
Bringing Hope, Building Respect, Being Family, Educating Hearts & Minds

During distance learning, Kamar is one of the students who always makes me smile. When she joins the class she immediately turns on her video and says “good morning Ms. Patterson” with such a beautiful smile that it just makes my day.  I am not sure if people in general and students realize that these types of actions that might seem small are very well appreciated by others.  In this case, Kamara has been the light of my day, not only because she is also a hard worker and has shown great self-discipline, but also because her kindness has definitely touched my heart.  She demonstrates all the pillars of our Holy Cross community.

 

Ahmad Price ’22
Nominated by Ms. Wainwright
Bringing Hope

Despite battling through a difficult year personally and having a lot on his plate, Ahmad has shown true dedication and growth in English 11. He has sought out extra feedback on his writing, always asking for me to critique him intensely in order for him to improve. His most recent essay submission shows the fruits of that labor as he has become an excellent writer! Great job, Ahmad!

 

Donovan Tynes ’21
Nominated by Ms. Krisman
Building Respect, Bringing Hope

Donovan is thoughtful and respectful to classmates and teachers. He works hard and brings hope to his classmates by example. He is humble and concerned about those around him. He is an outstanding example of a student with pride in himself and his school.

 

Emilia Valdez ‘21
Nominated by Ms. Wainwright
Being Family

Emilia is keeping up the hard work in English, even when she could be succumbing to senioritis! She displays outstanding empathy and thoughtful arguments in her writing for class as well as in her communication with me. She is considerate, thoughtful, and full of positive energy to lift my spirits when I need it most!

 

Isabelle Valdez ‘22
Nominated by Ms. Chen
Being Family

Isabelle was on the recognition list to be an interviewer for the STARTALK Spring Conference on April 9, 2021, which was founded by the National Security Agency, because of her outstanding language learning outcome and experience. I believe this exhibits our Holy Cross pillar of Being Family.