Chamber of Commerce Student Citizens of the Year

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The Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce is set to recognize three outstanding RCS students as Student Citizens of the year.  The following students will be recognized at a luncheon sponsored by the Chamber on Thursday, April 26th.

Student Citizens demonstrate qualities in two categories: School and Community.  They show self-discipline, leadership, cooperation and servanthood, scholastic effort, responsibility in the community and the home, and possibly community service and/or work experience.

Elementary Student Citizen of the Year: Nathan Shinoda (5th grade)

Nathan is an outstanding student and citizen. As his parents explain, “Nathan enjoys life, trying new things, keeping a positive attitude, and choosing to be grateful.  Sometimes his compassion has produced tears as he prays for unsaved family members and wishes for more joy in others’ lives. One of his God-given abilities is leadership, which he does with integrity and compassion. This makes him trustworthy and likeable.  As parents, it makes us proud to see him do the right thing, even when he thinks no one is looking.”

Through the years, we at Redwood have watched Nathan win numerous awards for outstanding service and leadership, as well as academics.  Recently Nathan was chosen team captain of our 5th/6th grade basketball team and he was selected as a speech meet finalist.  Besides playing sports, he also participates in service projects by preparing food packets to be sent to famine-stricken areas. Nathan is a natural leader both inside and outside of the classroom, whose heart for the Lord helps him reach out with compassion towards those who are less fortunate.  His teacher, Mrs. Wilson, shares, “Nathan is an outstanding student, a hard-worker, a kind friend, and a leader among our class.”

Middle School Student Citizen of the Year: Theo Clausen (8th Grade)

Theo is a remarkable young man.  He is diligent with his studies and maintains a high GPA.  He has been on class councils and the leadership team, and he is active in helping with class socials.  He is an ambassador on campus and a first-impressions leader for prospective families or visitors. Theo is also a go-to helper for teachers and substitutes in the classroom.  Miss McGrath states, “Theo is honest, and he works hard and works with integrity. His character and willingness to serve in any capacity asked of him is a blessing to our entire campus.  We are so proud of him.” He is active on sports teams both at school and for the city of Castro Valley, including baseball and soccer. He participates in Drama and helped with the yearbook.  Within the community, he serves through the campus leadership team with day clean-up activities; he serves with his church’s youth group, and he even walks dogs for the neighbors. He is an outstanding young man and his involvement and leadership impacts our campus in so many positive ways.”

High School Student Citizen of the Year: Katherine Geronimo (12th grade)

The Redwood Christian High School Student Citizen of the year is Katherine Geronimo.  Katherine is a senior, our Student Body President and Interact Club President. She has maintained a 3.96 GPA while taking multiple Advanced Placement and Honors classes.  She also is active on our sports teams, earning various awards including Most Inspirational, Most Dedicated, Most Valuable and Captain of her Cross County, Tennis, Soccer, Track, and Softball teams.  She has performed in the choir for two years. Also for two years, she has been involved in our Christian Ministry teams serving within the community once a month and traveling to the Navajo Nation to help build homes and put on a carnival and children’s day camp. She is a piano teacher and has worked the last two summers for our school helping with painting, carpet cleaning, room changes, etc.  She is a dedicated babysitter. She serves the Lord through her church in the children’s ministries and helps lead worship for K-5th grade.  She also serves in our worship band at school every Wednesday.  Katherine ministers to both the community and the school in so many ways.  Her compassionate heart desires to both recognize needs and meet them. It’s amazing how well Katherine has juggled all her commitments with detail and organization this year.  We are really proud of her hard work and her heart to serve those around her. She has made a tremendous impact on our campus and we know she will continue to impact the world around her.

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