Outstanding students in the Maricopa Unified School District were highlighted for their academic efforts during a school board meeting Wednesday night.
Maricopa Rotary Club Youth Coordinator Alma Farrell and Joanne Ortega presented Maricopa High School senior Diego Villareal and Desert Wind Middle School Sara Earle with Rotary Students of the month for October.
Farrell said Villareal is an honors student with a 3.861 grade point average.
“His guidance counselor nominated him for this award,” Farrell said. “She reports that she admires his diligence to do his work and as well as the respectful and kind demeanor that he has.”
Villareal is a member of the National Honor Society, is involved in the school’s Book and Media Club, and active in his church as a youth pastor, Farrell said.
Earle, DWMS eighth grader, was lauded by school staff in Farrell’s report for her sense-of-humor and her work ethic.
“Not only does she excel in each subject area within the Blended Learning program, she goes above and beyond teacher expectations for a student,” Farrell quoted one teacher as saying.
Earle is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the Tiger volleyball team.
The MUSD Governing Board also approved the early graduation of MHS senior Andrew Bounsone during the meeting.
Bounsone’s guidance counselor Chris Lathan requested the board approve Bounsone’s December graduation.
Lathan said Bounsone, who was not present at the meeting, intends to walk during the graduation ceremony in May before enlisting in the military.
“One of the reasons he wants to graduate early is because he’s going to be servicing in the Army, so one of the things he would like to do is work and get extra money and work out a little bit and get himself ready for basic training,” Lathan said.
Board Member Gary Miller clarified with the board that Bounsone would still be eligible to attend prom in the spring.
The board voted unanimously to approve Bounsone’s early graduation.