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Colton City Council Recognizes Student Leaders

By Dr. G (Dr. Luis S. González)
Community Writer
05/24/2023 at 04:32 PM

At the recent Council meeting, members of the Colton City Council recognized (10) high school students and proclaimed May 16 as Colton Student Leadership Day.

As Dr. G read off their names, he also presented them with a certificate from the Council and talked about their post-graduate plans. Each student has excelled in their respective programs at Colton High School and were identified by their teacher as student leaders. Represented were leaders from Band, Graphic Communications, Link Crew, Yearbook, and the Wellness Program.

The Youth Leadership program, sponsored by the City of Colton was established in 2016 with the goal of recognizing student leaders, who, based on the recommendation of their teachers have demonstrated excellence in leadership for their respective school programs. In attendance were all ten students, their parents, members of their families, and three of their teachers; Mr. Dollins, Mr. Taber, and Ms Villa. The recipients of this recognition were as follows:

Adrianna Bissonnette – grade 12, student leader in Graphic Communications, and plans on attending Cal-Baptist with a major in Nursing.

Allison Favela – grade 12, student leader Graphic Communications, plans on attending RCC with a major in Education, and wants to teach Art in a High School.

Vivian Guevarra – grade 12, student leader in Wellness Program, and plans on attending UC Riverside with a major in music and film.

Annnaleigha Hernandez-Garcia – grade 12, student leader in Yearbook Program, and plans on joining the Army National Guard after her 18th Birthday.

Julio Jauregui – grade 12, student leader in Wellness Program, and plans on attending RCC with a major in photography.

Ash Morales-Zuniga – grade 12, student leader in Band, and plans on attending Chaffey College with a major in Art Design.

Leslie Padilla-Galvan – grade 12, student leader in Link Crew, and plans on attending SBVC with a major in nursing.

Samay Ramachhita – grade 12, student leader in Link Crew, and plans on attending UC San Diego with a major in Sociology and Economics.

Angel Romero – grade 12, student leader in Yearbook Program, and plans on attending college/university with a major in Zoology.

Victor Vasquez – grade 12, student leader in Band, and plans on attending RCC with a major in Automotive Engineering.

Founder of the program, Dr.G (Dr. Luis S González), explains, that “the basic philosophy of the student leadership recognition program is that young people will be adults in the near future. The more academic and social experiences they have, and the more skillful they become in taking on leadership roles, the better they are prepared to be knowledgeable, competent, and productive adult citizens in our community.”  This program supports that goal and continues to recognize students for their outstanding contribution to their respective organizations, as well as to the entire school community.

These ten students are to be congratulated for their accomplishments and given full support in leadership roles as well as in their future educational pursuits. The City of Colton certainly supports its youth in the schools and is honored to recognize these ten individual student leaders as part of the Colton Student Leadership Day for 2023.