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Mariner, Kamiak recognize Students of the Month


Last updated 5/5/2021 at 1:27pm

Photos courtesy of Mukilteo School District

(top, left to right) Marcos Gomez, Luis Angel Herrera Fonseca, Karla Vanessa Martinez, Brandon Ethan Sentora, Jeshua Julez Hurtado, Basiru Senghore, Jayden Silva-Schmidt, Wendy Tecuatzin-Roa, Lucia Ajtum Toc

Mariner has selected Marcos Gomez (freshman), Luis Angel Herrera Fonseca (sophomore), Karla Vanessa Martinez (junior) and Brandon Ethan Sentora as its Students of the Month for April.

Teacher Marianne Sebastian said Gomez has made significant progress both academically and socially this year.

"He is very strong academically," Sebastian said. "He is the kindest kid in my class. He jumps in to help others when they don't understand, always on his own, without prompting. He fully participates in class and is so friendly to everyone, students and teachers alike. He has a super sweet and enduring personality."

Teacher Emily Spada appreciates how Fonseca puts forth his best effort every day.

"He always participates in the chat and comes to office hours to get help," Spada said. "He has shown a lot of drive this year and is a caring young man. I'm incredibly impressed with him."

Teacher Maggie Bagwell said that Martinez initially struggled with remote learning, but is now doing well with her online studies and in-person classes.

"She is an amazing role model for her younger brother, and is working hard to make her dream of entrepreneurship come to life through her active engagement in the cosmetology program at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center," Bagwell said. "I am so proud of Vanessa's growth over the past year, but am even more proud of her determination to reconnect in the past month. At a time when many students have given up, Vanessa has found her inner strength and is shining."

Teacher Kim Perisho said Sentora is finishing his senior year strong.

"He encourages his classmates, greets his teachers, and comes every day on time with a very positive attitude," Perisho said. " He has a good sense of humor and is well-liked by everyone in his classes. He has always kept his camera on and is a solid presence in class. He has contributed to the well-being of all of us during this unusual school year and is appreciated by everyone who has the pleasure to have him in class."

Mariner's Students of the Month for March were Jeshua Julez Hurtado (freshman), Basiru Senghore (sophomore) Jayden Silva-Schmidt (junior), Wendy Tecuatzin-Roa (junior), and Lucia Ajtum Toc (senior).

Teacher Sarah Wallis said Hurtado is a student using his past challenges as the catalyst for his current and future success.

"Jeshua has overcome road block after road block to access his learning this year," Wallis said. "Currently Jeshua attends classes regularly, actively participates in class activities and is achieving academic success. There is sweet victory in hard work, dedication and determination and Jeshua is demonstrating these characteristics as well as many more as he strives for open doors ahead in life."

Teacher Marjorie Olorunniwo describes Senghore as the sunshine in Spanish class.

"We all appreciate his authenticity, his friendliness, his being himself and how funny he is," Olorunniwo said. "In addition to these beautiful qualities, Basiru is an active participant in our Zoom Spanish class, always willing to learn and repeat the vocabulary when I teach it. I am very proud of him as he told me he had a rough time with classes on Zoom in September. Excelente trabajo!"

Teacher Michael Pena is excited at how Silva-Schmidt is excelling at Mariner.

"He absolutely ripped through his Plato course and is getting excellent grades in his other classes," Pena said. "It's an incredible pleasure to see the fire burn under this young man as he reconnects with his goals and works towards graduation."

Teacher Rob Storrs nominated Tecuatzin-Roa.

"In spite of facing some daunting challenges outside of school, Wendy has remained a source of inspiration for whoever is lucky enough to interact with her,"

Photo courtesy of Mukilteo School District

(top, left to right) Ella Kunz, Shubham Bansal, Eli Farmer, William Wang, Kenya Johnson, Connor King, Dameon Greenwood, Parker Knechtel

Storrs said. "Consistently kind, optimistic, hard-working, and reliable, Wendy's attitude and academic success belie the struggles she confronts outside the classroom. Wendy has a strong awareness of her own agency and has harnessed it to advocate for her family. However, this is balanced with a grace and patience that reveal a truly empathetic soul."

Teacher Kevin Sutton said that Toc has worked hard on her math.

"She will sit and work on her math for hours," Sutton said. "She is still working to learn a new language and since her social studies teacher only speaks English, she has struggled to understand what is being learned and how to write the answers to questions in English. I cannot fully appreciate how frustrating it is to not be able to communicate in a second language. Lucia, even with all of the frustrations, still can laugh at her mistakes, be polite and say hello and goodbye."

Kamiak's Students of the Month for April are Ella Kunz (freshman), Shubham Bansal (freshman), Eli Farmer (sophomore), William Wang (sophomore), Dameon Greenwood (junior), Kenya Johnson (junior), Connor King (senior), and Parker Knechtel (senior).


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