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May, Valencia Recognized As EHS Students Of Month
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Moriah May, left, and Mary Valencia, both seniors at Escalon High School, were recently selected as the Students of the Month for their academic achievements and community activities. - photo by Marg Jackson/The Times

A pair of Escalon High School seniors was recently recognized as the Students of the Month, with Moriah May and Mary Valencia selected for the honors.

Earning her nomination from teacher Brant Rose, Moriah May was described as the type of student that “teachers look forward to seeing” each day in class.

“She enters class with a pleasant, friendly and respectful attitude and demeanor,” said Rose. “During class activities she shows engagement and collaborates extremely well with peers. She is also willing to offer assistance and service that go beyond her responsibilities as a student.”

Involved in EHS cheerleading for four years, she has also received an academic award.

“Above all, what is most impressive about Moriah is that she is most concerned about the person she becomes, not just what she accomplishes,” added Rose. “These intangible qualities make her stand out.”

For her part, Moriah offered thanks to Mr. Rose for the nomination and to her parents.

Mary Valencia earned her nomination from teacher Andrew Beam.

An FFA member who shows lambs is on the Veterinary Service Team and community service committee, she also has been on the honor roll throughout high school.

“It has been a great pleasure having Mary in the College Prep Psychology class this year,” said Beam. “From day one Mary has been an excellent student in terms of her behavior, participation, and test scores. She has been the highest performing student on every test this year.”

A volunteer for the Covenant Church nursey, Mary is active on the track team for EHS where she does triple jump, long jump and high jump. She received a third place honor in a writing contest last year and was also awarded supreme Champion Market Lamb at last year’s AgFest.

“I would like to thank my family, teachers, and friends for helping me become the person that I am today,” she said.

Beam said she is a model student that represents Escalon well.

“Mary has a quiet calmness about her that rubs off on her peers and there is no one more deserving of this award,” he said.


The honorees were presented with special plaques and recognized at a breakfast meeting of the Escalon Sunrise Rotary Club, which sponsors the high school’s Student of the Month program.