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.