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March Student & Educator of the Month Winners


The Lakers are proud to announce the March 2011 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This months student winners are Gabriela Mariscal-Zamora, Louie Salloum and Ariana Ricarte. The winning teachers are Alan Haskvitz and Cherise Holmes. The winning principal is Steven Munoz. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Gabriela Mariscal-Zamora is an 8th grader at Madison Middle School. Gabriela is a hard-working student who serves as 8th grade class president and has been a peer mediator for the last 3 years.

Louie Salloum is a 6th grader at Village Elementary School. Louie is a member of the Student Council, Honor Roll, Junior Olympics and Math Team. He has not missed a day of school since kindergarten.

Ariana Ricarte is a Senior at La Mirada High School. Ariana was named a Scholar Athlete for maintaining a 4.7 GPA while a member of the varsity swim and tennis teams. She is also editor-in-chief of the year book, and president of the Global Operations community outreach club.

Alan Haskvitz is a teacher at Suzanne Middle School. In addition to reaching his students at Suzanne Middle School, Mr. Haskvitz works with teachers resource websites and writes education columns for newsletters to train other teachers. He is 1 of only 90 teachers selected to the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

Cherise Holmes is an 8th grade teacher at Washington Middle School. Ms. Holmes works tirelessly for Washington Middle School as the Chair of the Science Department, Director of Volunteer Programs, ASB faculty advisor, and the girls basketball coach.

Steve Munoz, assistant principal at Pio Pico Middle School. Mr. Munoz is praised by teachers as a stalwart and humble leader. He is a mentor to counseling staff and support staff and recently coordinated his schools successful transition from a K-8 school to a middle school.

Each Student and Educator of the Month winner was invited to the home game on March 18th against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They were honored during a halftime presentation where they received a plaque and a $50 gift certificate to Staples. The nominations for the March 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.