Felicity Ruiz, David Fernandez and Hector Flores were honored February 1 by Peoria Rotary Club as February 2019 Students of the Month. The club honors a student from Peoria, Centennial and Ironwood high schools each month during the school year at a breakfast meeting.
Felicity is a junior at Peoria High School. She maintains a 3.5 GPA. Her sponsoring teacher, Marcy Sears, who teaches the hearing impaired at Peoria High, introduced Felicity. It is Felicity’s third year in the American Sign Language classes. Felicity said she started learning sign language with her grandfather when she was a student at Alta Loma Elementary.
Sears said Felicity manages her time well. She is in cheerleading, the art club, National Honor Society and band while remaining in the top 15 percent of her class academically. Sears said Felicity also is a part-time intern at a project engineering company in the Valley, and volunteers in community service projects.
Felicity would like to attend any of the Arizona universities or a college in San Diego and study criminal justice with a minor in art.
Teacher Sarah Garrigan introduced David, a senior at Centennial High School, describing him as kind, com- passionate and hard working. He is student body president, a member of National Honor Society, plays football and volleyball.
He plays receiver and safety on the football team that has played in three football state championships and won the last two years. He was asked about the value of sports when it comes to building character.
David said, “It definitely comes from coaching and team-building leadership. You learn from mistakes and do better next time. You learn how to respect and how to earn respect.”
David said he has100 hours or more of community service, part of which is a student council activity that involves adopting families at Christmas and helping kids in Africa.
He maintains a 4.0 GPA and plans study sports management and entrepreneurship.
Hector Flores maintains a 4.0 GPA. Teacher Christina Lupro said she has taught him since he was in seventh grade to now, his senior year at Iron- wood High School. She said since he was 13, he has volunteered at Phoenix to 5 p.m. with classes at Desert Valley Elementary School. He is in his third year as a varsity soccer player.
Hector said he plans to attend Oregon State University and study biomedical and gene therapy. He said he has a deep interest in veterans.
Peoria Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Fridays at Brothers Family Restaurant, 85th and Peoria avenues. Guests are Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8am – 6pm • Sat. 8am – 1pm • Sun. Closed
welcome. Peoria Rotary’s focus is on youth leadership programs, family and community service.