Recognized for outstanding scholastic, athletic and community achievements, Escalon High School students Adriana Duran and Colton Panero were recently named as the Students of the Month. The program is offered through the Escalon Sunrise Rotary and the two were honored at a breakfast meeting of the service club.
Offering the nomination for senior Adriana Duran was Gale Harrington.
“Adriana is an outgoing and altruistic young woman. She is highly motivated and often completes work in advance of deadlines,” said Harrington. “This year she has been exceptionally helpful as my TA, even if it means running errands on her own time. Additionally, she volunteered her time as a Science Camp counselor this year, and she demonstrates spirit, pride, and involvement in the school as one of the EHS cheerleaders.”
Among her student activities, she helps set up for elementary school dances and others school events and has been active in volunteering with the Santa Barbara Police Department during the summer. She has been a member of the Debate Club at EHS where she helped others to formulate better arguments to make the debates more professional. She also has enjoyed being involved in cheer and she plans to become a nurse after graduation in order to help others.
“I would like to thank my family for always pushing me to stay on track and keep doing what I need to live a successful life,” Duran said.
Senior Colton Panero was nominated for recognition by Kaitlyn Sanchez.
“Colton is a respectful, hardworking, and kind student. It is always such a positive reflection of our society and future to have students equally talented in sports and school, but Colton goes beyond that by being kind, helpful, and respectful also,” Sanchez wrote in the nomination. “A natural leader, Colton humbly helps students in class and answers questions when no one else volunteers.”
Among his student achievements, he is an active member of FFA, earned an FFA State Degree and has been showing swine at AgFest for eight years; he is a member of St. Patrick’s Church, works part time at the family owned shredding business and, athletically, he has been an All-League outside linebacker, as well as being recognized as player of the week by Front Row Preps, Black Hat Football, Modesto Bee and Escalon Times. He is an Honor Roll student, GPA 3.9, has received a Student Athlete award all four years and serves as a varsity football captain. He coached Cub basketball and has played basketball throughout his years at EHS.
“I would like to thank my teachers for making me work to my full potential and pushing me to do my best,” Panero said. “My parents for always supporting all of my decisions and for raising me and my siblings with unconditional love and support.”