Student of the Week

YUMA, Ariz. – School is out for the summer – but “Student of the Week” (SOTW) winners gathered for a celebratory luncheon. Scholars and parents recognized their academic achievements for going above and beyond both in and outside the classroom. Soon-to-be-freshman Mackenzie Hazelett excelled in her academics but on top of that she played three sports this past school year: volleyball, basketball, and softball.

“It was really hard for me at first when it was just softball, I’d keep trying to do both but I would still keep up my grades and I would still try, don’t give up, just keep trying to make time for your studies and your sports.” says SOTW Mackenzie Hazelett who is about to start her freshmen year in high school.

Several others like Hazelett are examples of students who go above and beyond in the classroom and on the field.

“We made it really simple I had to get my homework done and studies before I went to practice, so if I didn’t finish my homework I couldn’t go to practice.” says Andres Guzman was also recognized as SOTW.

Local children’s dentist Dr. John Kempton sponsored the kids’ lunch to give praise for their hard work.

“When they do something good and they get rewarded, that’s the best thing because they want to do it more and more, and that’s exactly what we want from these kids.” says Kempton, ”We want them to feel like they can accomplish things and they get rewarded.”

Kids like Guzman, who passed the school year with flying colors and is getting ready for 7th grade.

“I couldn’t have done it without my parents, or my grandma, or my sister, they were always there all the way.” says Guzman.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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