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April Student & Educator of the Month Winners

The Lakers are proud to announce the April 2011 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Anneke Kakebeen, William Ruiz and Tiffany Lee. The winning teachers are Sherilyn Jones and Allyson Bader. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Anneke Kakebeen is a Senior at Crescenta Valley High School. Anneke is an exceptional student athlete. She maintains a GPA above 4.0 and has been a 4 year varsity track and cross-country athlete. She also plays in the symphony orchestra and teaches Tae Kwon Do, in which she holds a black belt.

William Ruiz is a Senior at Benjamin Franklin High School. William is also a great student athlete. He recently received his Academic Jacket for maintaining a high GPA and plays on the Franklin basketball team. William serves as a peer-mentor and has encouraged many students to pursue their goal of attending college.

Tiffany Lee is a Junior at San Marino High School. Tiffany is an AP student, synchronized ice skater, and is very involved in community service. She plays violin for hospice patients, volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club and collects books for underprivileged kids.

Sherilyn Jones is a teacher at Henry Clay Middle School. Ms. Jones has raised her school’s state test scores and helped implement the AVID program to encourage college access for her students. She also volunteers as her church choir director and an LA County Registrar precinct officer.

Allyson Bader is a Special Education teacher in Torrance Unified School District. Ms. Bader gives special attention to all of her young students and also advises newly hired teachers as a Mentor Teacher. She also fundraises for cancer research through the “Relay For Life” program and the “Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure” walk.
Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on April 5th against the Utah Jazz. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the April Student and Educator of the Month were submitted by principals and teachers of each school based on exemplary teaching efforts, academic achievement or extracurricular activities.