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Assemblyman singles out CVHS student Romero as district’s ‘Student of the Year’
Itzel Romero
Gathered to present the honor for student Itzel Romero (holding framed resolution), are: (left to right), Central Valley High School Athletic Director Greg Magni, Learning Directors Paula Loeffler and Ana Hernandez, Alanis aide Abby Pendleton, Lead Learning Director Susana Kandeel, Activities Director Jonathan Merchant, and Learning Director Courtney Musselman. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

State Assemblyman Juan Alanis and his office on Monday recognized Central Valley High School’s Itzel Romero as the 2023 “Student of the Year” within the 22nd Assembly District.

Considering that the 22nd AD encompasses parts of Stanislaus and Merced counties, it’s an honor not few will enjoy.

“Her dedication to her studies and extracurricular activities while being an active participant in the community is exactly why I chose her for this award,” said the state lawmaker of Romero.

Romero was presented with a framed Assembly Resolution to commemorate her commitment and dedication to her education and community.

Nominations were accepted last year with the requirement that those nominated must be a student in the 22nd District and have demonstrated extraordinary character and ethics in 2023.

Romero was singled out for demonstrating a commitment to scholarship and leadership. She maintains excellent grades, reflecting an outstanding work ethic. She is also a student-athlete who participates in flag football, wrestling and softball.

Itzel has assumed numerous leadership roles on the campus and in the community. She is involved in Leadership, Youth Advisory Council, Student Equity Cohort, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), ASB Club, ASB Secretary, Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Literature Club, and Health & Medicine Club. She was also selected for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA).

During the pandemic, Romero started her own small business, Itzel’s Treats, to save up money to attend either San Joaquin Valley College or the University of the Pacific. She would be a first-generation college student in her family, and she hopes to become a dental hygienist.