Kiwanis honors 'outstanding' Mariner junior

Jun 06, 2013
Nefertari Granados was named Kiwanis Club's Mariner High School Student of the Month for May.

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo recently honored Mariner High School’s Nefertari Granados as the May Student of the Month.

Nefertari, a junior, has been a member of the Mariner Key Club for the last two years and will be its president next year.

She has a 3.91 GPA and has taken 10 honors or AP classes to date. She is currently a member of the National Honor Society.

For all three of her high school years she has received a Perfect Attendance Award and been presented the Mariner High School Certificate of Achievement, and for two years received The Lamp of Knowledge award.

Nefertari has been active outside of the classroom. She has played on and been a captain of the MHS tennis team.

In the community, she helps with the reading program at Discovery Elementary and is also a library helper at Horizon Elementary.

At the Students of Color Career Conference, she was awarded the Dare to Dream award.

Here is what others have to say about Nefertari:

"Nefertari Granados is fantastic," said French teacher Janet Wheeler. "She is a delightful young woman who is bright, energetic, and enthusiastic about learning.

"I have known her for three years now, in French class, and she is such a wonderful student to work with. When I see Nefertari, I see someone who wants to make a difference in the world, and someone who definitely has what it takes to do it!"

AP history teacher Scott Bayles said Nefertari excels in the classroom and takes an active role in school activities and events.

"But beyond that, Nefertari reaches out to other students, helping whoever she can," he said. "Her friendly smile and authentic personality make Nefertari a pleasure to be around at all times."

Kerry Lamus, pre-calculus Honors teacher, said Nefertari is an outstanding student and probably a better person.

"As a student, she is impeccable," she said. "She does her homework, asks questions when she needs to, gets prepared for tests. Her pedagogy is as solid as any student I have had in the last decade.

"As a person she simply shines and lights up the room in my class. She always has a positive and kind word, asks how you are doing and listens to your response, and cares when you are having a tough stretch."

Key Club adviser Linda McDonald is in agreement.

"What a wonderful girl! I had no idea she was such a take charge young lady," she said. "As our newly elected president, she has taken the initiative more than once to round up the troops by personally taking sign-up sheets and permission slips to Key Clubbers in order to secure the numbers needed for our projects.

"She is charged up and ready to make her year as president the best ever. I feel Nefertari will truly lead her club and inspire greatness from its members."

-Edited by Beacon staff


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