This month's Kiwanis Terrific Kids from Valor Middle School
Yuridia Vasquez Cruz
Yuridia Vasquez Cruz, 11, daughter of Sebastian Vazquez and Maribel Cruz and sister of Johanna, Hayley and Allison, is in the sixth grade.
Her favorite classes are health and science.
Her favorite activity is the music program. She really likes choir class and learning different singing styles.
Her future goal is to one day own a bakery. She thinks it would be fun making breads and cakes and, of course, to decorate them.
She was nominated by Mr. Rogers, who wrote: "Yuridia is small in stature, but she has a big voice in choir. She is very respectful in class and always knows her parts. Yuridia sets a wonderful example for all our sixth-graders."
Ginno Gonzalez, 12, son of Margarita and Pablo Gonzalez and brother of Giovanny, and is in the seventh grade.
His favorite classes are health and ESOL.
His favorite activity is playing basketball. He also helps new students by showing them the school, introducing them to their teachers and other students and helping them learn their schedules.
His future goal is to go to college, but he is not sure of what to do for a job. He also dreams of traveling to San Francisco with his brother.
He was nominated by Mr. Meyers, who wrote: "Ginno works hard to keep up in all of his assignments. Ginno has all of his work in and participates a lot in class. ... His positive attitude is a wonderful contribution to our class."
Leslie Alvarez-Cisneros, 14, daughter of Leopoldo Alvarez and Teresa Cisneros and sister of Leopoldo, is in the eighth grade.
Her favorite class is AVID. She also likes algebra because she works together with her friend in class, which helps her learn the material.
Her favorite activities are advanced band, soccer and basketball.
The place she would like to travel to would be to visit her family in Mexico and see her grandparents.
Her future goal is to go to the University of Chicago, and she is interested in studying biology. She has been saving up since the beginning of eighth grade and plans to continue to save money so she can travel to Chicago for college.
She was nominated by Mr. Rogers, who wrote: "Leslie works hard in class and even spends many of her lunch recesses practicing in the music room. ... She is a wonderful student and very deserving of this special recognition."