CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Elementary School District has announced three students as Rotary Club Students of the Month for October. They are:

Abigail "Abby" Miles, Cactus Middle School, daughter of Stacy Gray and Jonathan Miles. Abby is described as a hardworking and dedicated student. While participating in distance learning, she has come to class every day and is a model student. She participates, answers questions and always has a positive attitude. She also started a great workout program on her own, and although it has been difficult, she has challenged herself and stuck with it! She has been enrolled in advanced classes for the three years she has been at Cactus and has been able to maintain a 4.0 grade point average. Abby is the president of the National Junior Honor Society and enjoys participating in the Drama Club as well. In her free time, she enjoys helping others and spends time volunteering at a local shelter. Community service is something that she is very passionate about, and she believes helping others makes a positive difference. She wants to follow in her mom’s footsteps and go to the University of Arizona, where she will begin to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. When asked what characteristics a good leader needs, Abby mentioned courage and passion, good listening skills and being honest and positive.

Micaela “Mica” Anchondo, Villago Middle School, daughter of Paul and Rebecca Anchondo. She is described as a straight-A student and member of the school's National Junior Honor Society and gifted program. Mica has also been recognized on the Bee Extraordinary Wall during both her sixth and seventh grade years. Athletics is also an area where Mica excels as she plays competitive tennis and runs on the school's cross country and track teams. Her language arts teachers wrote: “Micaela Anchondo is a dedicated student and athlete. She works tirelessly to be the best that she can be in everything she does. Whether it's track, writing, tennis, cross country or algebra, you'll never see Mica take a shortcut. Mica's hard work, dedication and perseverance make her a great role model for younger students and athletes at Villago.” After promoting from Villago Mica will attend Basha High School in Chandler. Her career plans are to attend the UA and eventually become an oral surgeon.

Lacey Wallis, Casa Grande Middle School, daughter of Robert and Tammy Wallis. She is described as an active seventh grader who aims to become a nurse practitioner after participating in the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology program and graduating from Vista Grande High School. The nomination said, "After two years, we have come to know Lacey as a caring person at CGMS. She is also a compassionate young woman who helps those around her that she sees are struggling, and she is respectful to teachers and staff." She is very active in extracurricular programs. She participates in softball and drama and demonstrates leadership through the CGMS Student Advisory Group, a group of students who have chosen to take on a leadership role to provide stakeholders with insights from the student body. 

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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