By Susan Whitesell
At their November 15 meeting, Soroptimist International of Rio Vista hosted their November RVHS Students of the Month. They are Karina Mandujano and Melissa Sanchez, nominated by Mrs. Gomes, AVID program advisor. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, seeks to improve student engagement, increase graduation rates and close achievement gaps in underserved student populations.
Karina Mandujano is a native of Rio Vista. Her parents are Gerardo and Leticia Madujano. She has two brothers, Gerardo Jr. and Benny and a sister, Melissa.
Mandujano excels academically, ranking first in her class of 95 students. Math, science and art are her favorite subjects and she takes every Advanced Placement class offered at RVHS. Mandujano is the Creative Arts Club President and T-shirt club Vice-President and active in the Interact, AFS and Health Careers clubs at school. She also plays volleyball and basketball. Outside of school Mandujano volunteers at the Rio Vista Community Services Food Bank and the Rio Vista/Isleton Portuguese Club Fiesta and Crab Feeds. She plans on attending Stanford University and majoring in computer engineering.
Melissa Sanchez is also a Rio Vista native. Her parents are Gorge Sanchez and Juana Antunez and her siblings are Ricardo and Carime Antunez and Joel Bahena.
Sanchez is an Honor Roll student whose favorite subject is Science. Sanchez is Secretary of the FFA and active in the Interact and Acts of Random Kindness clubs at school. She also plays Soccer. Sanchez volunteers as a Soccer referee, helps with Catechism classes and is a writing tutor at RVHS. She plans on attending Oregon State University and majoring in business management.
Both girls said that the AVID program had positively affected their academic and personal lives, as well as their plans for the future. Karina stated, “The AVID program has helped me stay on top of all my applications and taught me how to complete them because I’m first generation so I didn’t really know about the college application process.” According to Melissa, “The AVID program is a really good program that helps you be organized. It has helped me with college applications and to stay on track with all my studies and obligations that are due this month.” Both girls thanked Mrs. Gomes for her support.