Mills Hardware is proud to be the sponsor of Serrano High School
Senior of the Month
Each student selected demonstrates their commitment and enthusiasm to self-management, responsibility, quality of work, high standards of attendance, superior academic principles, honesty, energy, optimism, teamwork, and positive use of rules or values.
We take pride in showcasing students for the outstanding achievements, dedication and commitment to their future endeavors.
Congratulations to the seniors that were selected as “Senior of the Month” throughout the school year.
Senior of the Month Madison Elliott Daughter of: Aaron & Kelly Elliott of Wrightwood GPA: 4.57
Hi! My name is Madison Elliott, and I’m a senior at Serrano High School. If there’s one thing that hadn’t changed from when I was little, it’s my love for sports and school. I know, it might seem like a lie for me to say that I enjoy getting up at 5:00 a.m. every day to spend the day with 2000 other teenagers, but I’ve never gotten tired of the challenges in each of my classes; whether it be calculus, government, English, or film, I’m always entertained. These classes, however, are no easy task to balance, especially this year. Each of my classes is either Honors or AP, meaning (that some nights) I find myself up until well past 2:00 a.m. Still, this sacrifice is well worth it: in my four years at Serrano I’ve received well over a 4.0 each year and was lucky enough to be a member of the Junior Honor Guard (top ten ranked Juniors) for last year’s graduation. Though these past four years have been jam-packed with academics, I always found time for sports in my schedule. At Serrano, I’ve been a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams all four years and have had some pretty huge opportunities come along with it. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity in Cross Country this past year to compete at the state meet in Fresno in which we took third place in Division II. In Track, I’ve been able to compete at national level meets like the Arcadia Invite and Mt. Sac Invite, both of which were amazing experiences. Though both Track and Cross Country took a huge amount of dedication, it has paid off for me, as I will be competing for the University of California Irvine in Division 1 Track and Cross-Country next fall. As a student at UCI, I still am not quite sure of my major (anyone who knows me knows how indecisive I am), but have a vague idea of what I might do: currently, I’m deciding between a major in Chemistry or something to do with Astronomy, but with my interests in other completely different fields (like Film and Law), I may do a minor (or two). My past four years at Serrano have been unforgettable, but my future awaits!
Name: Brian Phan Parents Name: Fon Phan, Diana Phan, GPA: 4.73
I started high school feeling ambitious and ready to take on challenges. Besides taking tough classes, I filled my schedule by playing for our school’s sports teams year round, hoping to succeed in every one of them. I’ve played tennis for three years now and the journey from JV to Varsity to making it into CIF has truly been exciting. Starting from missing the ball every other swing was rough, but thanks to the help and support of my teammates I’ve been able to improve massively year after year and eventually become one of the top players on our team. During my first few years I was also a part of the cross country and soccer teams, which were also amazing experiences. Unfortunately though, I had to cut my season short my Sophomore year due to a groin strain that took almost half a year to heal. I felt hopeless but the prolonged downtime from my injuries lead me to try out volunteering just to make better use of my extra free time. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Being a part of the service clubs at my school has opened my eyes to the vast generosity and selflessness within our community. There are so many people I’ve met, adults and teenagers alike, who genuinely want to do whatever they can to lend a hand, while putting aside their own wants and needs. As President of NHS and CSF this year, I help our members find more opportunities to serve our community by helping create and organize various events. However, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of people I’ve been able to work with like Mr. Anton, who has accomplished so much to commemorate our veterans through events like the annual Veteran’s Dinner, and Mr. Tate, who heads Santa’s Sleigh, a non-profit that lets 200 children in need experience the full joy of Christmas every year. People like them inspire me to put my best foot forward and do my part in bettering our community. Through it all, I can say that high school has definitely played a big role in shaping me into who I am today. Moreover, I will forever be grateful for my groin strain, which let me discover the immense fulfillment of volunteering and incredible devotion of members of our community. After high school, I plan on going to UCLA to study Business Economics to hopefully pursue a career in business administration and eventually entrepreneurship.
April's Senior of the Month
Ashlyn Gage Daughter of Darren and Marty Gage of Phelan GPA: 4.78
I have had a wonderful high school experience. During my four years at Serrano, I was able to participate in show choir as Vice President, run cross country, and letter in track. Doing my best in my academics has always been my top priority and I’m grateful to be part of the top ten. I will be attending Brigham Young University this summer on a full scholarship, where I will be majoring in biochemistry with the intent to go into medicine. We congratulate Ashlyn on her achievements and wish Ashlyn continued success in her future endeavors.
Serrano High School Senior of the Month Elise Winward Academic GPA 4.52 Ranked 5th in her class Hi, my name is Elise Winward. Throughout high school, I have taken many AP and Honors classes to challenge myself. Because I have been blessed with such an amazing group of teachers, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I have passed 3 AP tests so far and will be taking an additional 5 this coming May. I plan on attending a 4-year university to pursue a pre-med major. I have participated in many sports including club volleyball and high school tennis and track and have been a team captain for all three. In the fall, I play varsity tennis and have been the number one singles player for the last two years. My partner, Ryan Tarver, and I have won the doubles category of Mojave River League finals for the last two years. I run track in the spring and have been on the varsity team since I was a freshman. I won the 800-meter race in MRL Finals my sophomore year and the 400 meter race my junior year. I have also been a part of the winning 4x400 team for 2 years. I have been to CIF as part of the team and individually in both school sports multiple times. I have played club volleyball for three years and always enjoyed the team dynamic that is so different from my other sports. I love volunteering with Special Olympics Volleyball at Victor Valley Community College with my club coach. I don’t think you could coach any more enthusiastic, positive people! All of these experiences have taught me the value of hard work, to be a team-player and leader, and to manage my time well which is really challenging! I have several hobbies including horseback riding, hiking, biking, and just about any other outdoor activity that you could think of. I have two Thoroughbred horses that take care of me just as much as I do them. Spending time with them allows me to clear my mind of all of the stress of my busy schedule. Even though it’s hard to find time in my schedule, I love to be outdoors and explore. It amazes me how fast my high school experience has gone. Thanks to all of my friends, teachers, coaches, and family who have made me the person that I am today. Without everyone’s constant encouragement, I don’t think I would have achieved anything close to what I have. A million thanks to my wonderful parents who have been there for me every step of the way! They believed, in me even when I didn’t, and have always put up with my craziness. I love you guys!
Senior of the Month 2017 - 2018
Serrano High School
Senior of the Month
Daughter of Jim Kitts and Theresa Kitts
Piñon Hills, CA
Being a student at Serrano High School has really shaped me into the person I am today. High school has been a journey, a climb up a rocky mountain shall I say. The climb up is tedious and challenging, but once you reach the top you never want to leave the view. I’m at the top right now, looking out on all the wonderful memories I’ve made over the last four years. As I look to the left, I see all the plays I’ve performed in flash before my eyes: “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Bride of Frankenstein,” “Les Miserables,” “Murder at Rundown Abbey,” “Our Town”... I hear the sound of my friends singing showtunes whistle through the wind. I look to the right, and I see a face, a warm face, a smiling face. My heart is instantly filled to the brim. I’m reminded of how it felt when I participated in the Santa’s Sleigh Christmas program and distributed presents to those in need. I look toward the bottom of the mountain, and I see a mountain climber slowly making her way up to the peak. It reminds me of when I tried track and field. I may have been in last place, but I never stopped giving it my all. My eyes scan the horizon one last time, as the sun slowly begins to set. The faces of every teacher, every student, every staff member flood my vision. These are the people that have made my high school experience unforgettable. Without them, I would have never made it to the top. The sun finally sets, and the stars fill the sky.... As for my next journey, all I can say is I’m going to “shoot for the moon,” and if I miss I’ll “land amongst the stars.”
We congratulate Cameron on her achievements and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.
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April’s Senior of the Month
Daughter of Erika Dunsmore and John Dunsmore
of Phelan, California
Academic GPA: 4.58
From a purely academic perspective, I have maintained the letter grade of an A- or better in all of my classes all four years, which has afforded me my current GPA. Beyond this, I have received a Citizen Emergency Response Team certification (officially valid once I turn eighteen), received the Director’s Award from my choir director for my hard work and dedication, and am the current president of the Creative Writing club on campus. I have won the school’s Young Authors competition all four years, with perfect scores on the latest three, and have gone on to publish two of these books on Amazon, with more on the way in both the near and distant future. In regards to college, I will be attending the University of California San Diego in the fall, where I will be majoring in microbiology as I take the first steps in my 11 to 16-year long journey towards becoming a virologist.
We congratulate Madeline on her achievements and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.
Daughter of Dr. Ryan Holman and Kathleen Holman
of Wrightwood, CA
Academic GPA 4.65
Mills Hardware is proud to introduce March’s Senior of the Month Jordan Holman
My current class ranking is 5 of 467. Academically, I have a weighted GPA of 4.65 and an unweighted GPA of 4.0. Throughout my academic career, I have taken a full load of Advanced Placement and Honors courses and I am continuing to take these types of courses during my senior year. I have volunteered in Wrightwood Elementary’s kindergarten classes, helping to teach reading comprehension and fundamental math skills. I have played club volleyball for eight years now, which has helped me develop important teamwork and leadership skills. I hope to attend a four-year university, next fall, where I can continue to pursue high level academics and my passion for volleyball. I feel very lucky and honored to have grown up in such a supportive community like our own.
We congratulate Jordan on her achievements and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.
February Senior of the Month Steven Schessler Son of Teresa Newman of Phelan Academic GPA: 4.64
I have passed all of my classes in high school with an A or better, and I have passed three Advanced Placement tests throughout high school in the subjects of European History, American History, and English Language and Composition. I am also taking six AP courses this year and received a 5.0 GPA during the fall semester. After high school, I plan on going to a four-year university to study business, more specifically advertising and marketing.
Senior of the Month Year 2016 - 2017
I proudly attend Serrano High School where my class rank is number eight. I have been in the Snowline Unified School District my entire educational career. I attended The Heritage School from Kindergarten through eighth grade and I credit my teachers for my current work ethic and my academic success in high school. Throughout my four years in high school I have been very fortunate to participate in many extracurricular activities. I have competed on Serrano sports teams including cross-country in my freshman year, and track for all four years. In track I compete in the thrilling and equally exciting event of pole-vaulting, in which I have received my varsity letter. I am also a member of Serrano’s Theater Arts Department. Participating four years in this amazing department has given me the opportunity to be involved in many plays. I have performed in Serrano’s The Little Mermaid; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Murder at Rundown Abbey, and I have been cast in Serrano’s upcoming show, Les Miserables (showing the last two weekends in March). I have also been involved in several after school service clubs including California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and Socially Aware Serrano Students (SASS). In the summertime, I work in Big Bear as a lifeguard and swim teacher. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering as a referee for AYSO soccer, snowboarding, hanging out with my friends, and volunteering at my church. I am very fortunate to live in such an amazing community that offers me so many opportunities. I owe all of my success to my teachers, my family, and my friends. Without their constant support, the stress of school and college searching would have crushed me a long time ago. We congratulate Sarah on her achievements and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.
Senior of the Month Year 2015
Serrano High School
Senior of the Month
Maintains a G.P.A. of 4.68
Ranks 3rd in her class
Richard & Sarah Kim
of Pinon Hills, CA
This month Mills Hardware True Value® of Phelan would like to introduce you to May 2015 Serrano High School Senior of the Month Sally Kim
High School has been a blur to me. I moved to the High Desert only two days before my first day of high school and here I am now, four years later, getting ready to graduate. During these four years, I have survived through multiple AP classes, have participated in various extra-curricular activities (from advocating environmental awareness to partaking in a Korean marching band), and most importantly, have met the most amazing people. Without them, I would not have the incredible memories I will leave high school with. My plans after high school are still something I have not figured out yet – but for now, it’ll be something I will hopefully unravel in college!
We congratulate Sally on her achievements and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.
Maintains a G.P.A. of 4.54
Ranks 8th in her class.
Daughter of Heinz and
This month, February 2015, they would like to introduce you to True Value®, Senior of the Month for February 2015 ~ Morgan Steinmann.
Morgan demonstrates many of the qualities that are appreciated by SHS faculty and students. Her characteristic friendliness can be seen in the halls as she smiles at students and speaks to teachers while walking to class. She has excellent attendance and grades. Morgan is very active at Serrano. Her discipline and hard work have been reflected in her academic achievements. She maintains a 4.54 GPA while being involved in many extra-curricular activities during her high school years. She was a member of the CSF, a service club, for two years. She has participated in tennis for the past four years and was a member of the track team for three years.
Morgan is equally involved in the community, working part time at the Blue Ridge Inn. She is a member of the Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. She participates fully in the church and remains active with the youth group teaching a religious class and singing in the teen choir. She enjoys hiking, skiing and being outdoors. In her free time she enjoys baking her favorite cookies, snicker doodles. Morgan is the daughter of Heinz and Michelle Steinmann of Wrightwood. Her family describes Morgan as s responsible young lady with a great work ethic. Morgan wants to let her grandpa and grandma know that they are her inspiration.
In the fall, Morgan is thrilled to continue her academic career. She is touring various Universities and has not yet decided which 4-year university to attend. Her major is yet to be declared however she is interested engineering and biology.
We congratulate Morgan on her achievements and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.
Maintains a GPA of 4.45
Rank: 9th in his Class
Son of John and Patty Garner of Wrightwood
On fall Friday nights, he stands tall among the crowd at a Serrano High School football game, his face painted, his blue cape billowing from below his spiked blue and gold hair. The rest of the week, the self-proclaimed Captain Diamondback is your Student Body President, your Snowline District Board of Trustees Student Representative, and a serious student, senior Nick Garner, who has earned a 4.5 grade point average and is among the top students in his class.
Nick has worked hard in and out of the classroom at Serrano High School. Serving on ASB for four years, Nick was voted Most Spirited, Most Inspirational, and Best All-Around Leader. He has played basketball and golf for four years and will be the captain of both teams in his senior year. As the Student Representative on the School Board for two years, Nick gave a voice to students and promoted student activities.
Nick has been just as prolific outside of school. When he was in seventh grade, Nick created a website – www.sportstalk4kids.com – to provide young sports fans a site with features and interviews of athletes that are positive role models. Nick has posted more than 200 videos, including interviews with Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, and Tommy Lasorda, football players and coaches from Notre Dame and USC, UCLA basketball players, Olympic Gold Medalists Misty May and Gabby Douglass, L.A. Lakers and Anaheim Ducks, and sports personalities like Dan Patrick, the Harlem Globetrotters, Bethany Hamilton, and Team Hoyt.
In November, Nick will be running in the New York City Marathon with his dad on behalf of Team Hole in the Wall. Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, founded by actor Paul Newman, give children with serious illnesses the opportunity to attend summer camp. As members of the team, Nick and his family have raised more than $20,000 to send kids to camp.
Nick is weighing his college options, but wherever he ends up next year, you can be sure that he’ll be a leader in the classroom and in the community – and in the stadium.
Maintains a G.P.A. of 4.45, Ranks 9th in her class.
Daughter of Russell and Christine Wilcox of Wrightwood
We would like to introduce you to Mills Hardware, True Value®, Senior of the Month for Septembers 2014 ~ Katherine Wilcox. Miss Wilcox has been involved in Cross Country and Drama for four years. Among her theatrical credits are, A Mid-Summer Nights Dream, Laughing Stock, Seussical the Musical, and The Little Mermaid. You can catch her this fall in The Three Musketeers showing in November 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15 at Serrano’s Performing Arts Center.
During Katherine’s busy schedule she continues her extracurricular activities by participating in the community service clubs, Socially Aware Serrano Students (SASS) and California Scholarship Federation (CSF). She has been a frequent volunteer at her church for four years and a tutor for elementary students.
After high school, Katherine plans to attend a four-year university and possibly pursue a career in medicine.
We congratulate Katherine on her achievements and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.
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