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Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council Honors Students of the Month

Jan 21, 2023 04:38PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council's Students of the Month for January (l-r): Ben Cappetta, Miguel Gamboa, Jolene Gerez, Eva Asiddao, and Leila Jacobs.

The Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council this week honored its January students of the month from Manhattan Beach schools. 

This month's group of honored students included: 

Jolene Gerez - American Martyrs School
Ben Cappetta - American Martyrs School
Leila Jacobs - American Martyrs School
Miguel Gamboa - Manhattan Beach Middle School
Eva Asiddao - Mira Costa High School

American Martyrs 5th grade teacher, who introduced Jolene Gerez, described Gerez as "a smart, respectful student who demonstrates great character in everything she does...She doesn't perform good deeds for acknowledgement or reward, but because she knows it is the right thing to do."

American Martyrs 5th grade teacher Elliote Hernandez, who introduced Ben Cappetta, said that Cappetta "shows intense dedication to everything he does" and "works hard to earn his straight As." "He's always searching for a way to help others," she said. 

American Martyrs 8th grade teacher Taylor McCarthy, who introduced Leila Jacobs, said that Jacobs is "a diligent student who strives to do the best in all she does. You can always count on Leila to go above and beyond expectations." 

Manhattan Beach Middle School teacher Liz Laffoon, who introduced Miguel Gamboa, said that Gamboa was a "model student at MBMS." She created a list of qualities that Gamboa embodies, using the letters of his first name: Model, Integrity, Gutsy, Understanding, Enjoyable, and Love.

Mira Costa High School teacher Joel Carlson, who introduced Eva Asiddao, said that she was an "excellent, tenacious, and gifted" artist and musician who was "hard-working and inspirational" to her peers.

The Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council is a local group that promotes networking, communication and information exchange among agencies, organizations and individuals; and  provides recognition to local students.

The group honors students at luncheons in November, January, March, and April. At the group's May luncheon, it awards scholarships to Mira Costa High School seniors.

The students honored at the luncheons are selected by their schools and teachers. Scholarships for Mira Costa seniors are chosen by the MBCC Board.

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