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Soroptimists honor girl students in October, November
Michelle Soto
Pictured left to right are Karla Cuevas, Michelle’s mother; November “Girl of the Month” Michelle Soto, Learning Director Kristen Casal, Michelle Madrigal, SI Girl of the Month Committee chair; and SI President Ronda Munoz.

The Soroptimist International of Ceres and local high schools teamed up to honor female students for the “Girl of the Month” honors during meetings at Alfonso’s Mexican Grill.

Eva Onsurez Lopez, a sophomore at Ceres High School and the S-Club president there, was honored as October’s “Girl of the Month.”

Starting high school last year after having to complete most of her junior high years over Zoom definitely had its challenges, but Eva has shown extreme growth in the last year. She is on the water polo team this year and was a part of every S-Club event held last year. She helped us pass out Thanksgiving dinners and was a member of a student panel that spoke to eighth grade girls at Mae Hensley and Cesar Chavez junior high schools about the transition to high school.

Eva also played a huge role in choosing a community service project this semester and has helped tremendously in staying in contact with S Club members, which has paid off with 40 members.

Michelle Soto

Michelle Soto’s intelligence, positivity, dedication and well-rounded experiences caused Central Valley High School and to honor her as November’s “Girl of the Month.”

Michelle excels in the classroom, extracurricular activities and on the soccer field. Despite her rigorous courses in Advanced Placement classes, Michelle is in the top percentile of her class and dedicates time to the school as president of the California Scholarship Federation and the Spanish Literature club. She is also a member of the girls’ soccer team, a participant in the National Honor Society and the Student Teachers Educator Program.  She is the founder and president of the Warrior Organization of Women Empowerment (WOWE) which connects female students to college-guidance mentors and promotes guest speakers, social activities, and supportive resources.  It is evident from her involvement on campus that Michelle values more than self-serving endeavors; she desires to be a positive influence on those around her through her leadership. Outside of school, Michelle volunteers with the Railroad Safety Service Learning Program, canned food drives, and hospital toy drives for Shriner’s.  She has also served as an intern with the Jakara Movement helping to educate the community about substance abuse. She also participated in multiple enrichment programs like the Carnegie Mellon University SAMS Program, the Young Leaders Summit, and Kode with Klossy.  Michelle’s activities continue to demonstrate her dedication to expanding her own pursuits and also remaining a positive and valuable asset to any group she is involved with.

Eva Onsurez
October’s “Girl of the Month” Eva Onsurez (center) is pictured left to right with Principal Rita Menezes, her parents, teacher Alyssa Bailey, Dr. Denise Wickham who belongs to SI of Ceres and is in charge of the SI’s “Girl of the Month Committee” and SI President Ronda Munoz.