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Student Honors Presented To Four El Portal Panthers
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Sixth graders Ayden Wilson, left, and Emma Guevara along with seventh grader Jessica Dietzel and eighth grader Jason McKinney, right, were recently named as the Students of the Month at El Portal. Marg Jackson/The Times

With the sixth grade class at El Portal Middle School missing the last round of ‘Student of the Month’ selections due to a conflict with science camp/outdoor ed, this month’s honorees include two sixth graders as well as a seventh and eighth grade student.

Those chosen for the Student of the Month were Ayden Wilson and Emma Guevara, sixth grade; Jessica Dietzel, seventh; and Jason McKinney, eighth grade. They are treated to breakfast at a meeting of the sponsoring Escalon Kiwanis Club organization and also receive a special plaque signifying their achievement.

Ayden Wilson was nominated by Mr. Tanis, cited especially for his outstanding citizenship.

“Ayden is the kind of student that every teacher enjoys having in class – he is focused, motivated, and works hard every day,” said Tanis. “In art this year he has produced quality projects with very good citizenship. Ayden is going to be successful in whatever he chooses to do in the future.”

Mr. Ney and Ms. Casteel jointly nominated Emma Guevara, listing both her academic growth and outstanding citizenship.

“Emma is a diligent student who is an active participant in classroom discussions and activities,” the two said in their nomination. “She is an exemplary role model for her peers. Emma always brings a contagious smile and willingness to learn every day.”

Mrs. Capps was the teacher nominating both the seventh and eighth grade honorees.

She cited academic growth for Jessica Dietzel as being the top reason for the nomination.

“Jessica is a very hard working student. She worked her way out of SDC language arts and is thriving,” said Capps. “She will enthusiastically help with any classroom jobs, along with making sure her classroom and homework assignments are complete.”

For Jason McKinney, citizenship and academic growth were highlighted in his nomination.

“Jason is a well deserving student of the month,” said Capps. “Jason has worked his way out of the SDC math class and is doing great.”

He is a student that doesn’t need to be reminded to follow the school rules or follow through with assignments, Capps added.

“Jason will always lend a hand to fellow students and/or teachers. He is a true joy,” said Capps.