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Calendar >  Mayor Kranz & City Officials Honor San Dieguito High School Students At Encinitas Chamber Final Rising Star 2023-2024 School Year

Mayor Kranz & City Officials Honor San Dieguito High School Students At Encinitas Chamber Final Rising Star 2023-2024 School Year

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Encinitas, CA. — APRIL, 2024 —The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce hosted its final Rising Star of the Month program for the 2023-24 school year Wednesday, April 10, 2024. The Chamber partnered with MiraCosta College, who has hosted and sponsored the monthly breakfasts this school year honoring 32 exceptional seniors from the five local high schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District.

The honorary program recognizes high school students each month who have demonstrated character, integrity, love of learning and involvement in school and community, and/or have overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education. All Rising Star students have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship which will be awarded during the Encinitas Chamber’s annual Salute to Education event on May 23rd.

The Encinitas Chamber’s Rising Stars honored April 10th were Angela Aguirre from Canyon Crest Academy, Jina Moon from La Costa Canyon High School, Blake Harris from San Dieguito High School Academy, Kaede Ward from Sunset High School and Marley Wexler from Torrey Pines High School. Their families and local city officials were in attendance, including Encinitas Mayor Tony Kranz, Encinitas Council Member District #3 Joy Lyndes, Shannon Bradley representing Congressman Mike Levin, Matt Rubel representing State Senator Catherine Blakespear, Robson Winter representing Assemblymember Tasha Boerner, Captain Shane Watts from North Coastal Sherriff’s Station, Encinitas Chamber of Commerce CEO Sherry Yardley, Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Board members, MiraCosta Dean Russell Waldon, and San Dieguito Union High School principals and district officials.

“I was so thrilled to have been able to meet Chamber of Commerce members at the Rising Star program,” said Sunset High School student Kaede Ward.  “I didn’t know much about Chamber of Commerce activities before, and realized I needed to know about them since I’m really invested in a local charitable organization which collects excess food from local places (including Jimbo’s and Panera in Encinitas) and delivers to students and homes of needy students nearby.  Making connections in your business community (we help them fulfill SB1383) is key to growing our volunteer organization’s surplus, allowing us to take on more students and families in need.  The connections alone for that last week were amazing and such a resource!”

MiraCosta College is the Rising Star of the Month Event and Breakfast Sponsor. Additional sponsors and donors include The Cottage Encinitas, EDCO, California Coast Credit Union, the Encinitas Rotary Club and Encinitas Historical Society. Gift donors include Broad Street Dough Co.,  The Baked Bear, Chick-fil-A, Cox Communications, Raising Cane’s, Blenders Eyewear, the Red Door Escape Room and the Community Resource Center (CRC).

Go to https://encinitaschamber.com/events/rising-star/ for more information on how you can donate and be a part of enriching and uplifting our community.

L to R: Captain Shane Watts, Council Member Joy Lyndes District #3, Angela Aguirre Canyon Crest Academy, Jina Moon, La Costa Canyon High School, Kaede Ward Sunset High School, Marley Wexler Torrey Pines High School, Mayor Tony Kranz


Canyon Crest Academy: Angela Aguirre – “Angela is a selfless, humble leader who is making a difference in our world,” said Principal Brett Killeen. “She created a club called, Flowers for the Future which positively connects and engages students from throughout the world. Her club has truly made a difference with students in Afghanistan who would otherwise feel isolated and discouraged from being educated. The club offers online curriculum and through this learning experience, they are also making cultural connections. She is an avid learner who believes in continuous self-improvement and she is willing to try new things to grow as a person. She cares deeply about supporting others, and is an active leader in our PALs program whose purpose is to connect and support students to the benefit of their well-being. We are proud of Angela for what she is doing now and in the future to better our world!”

La Costa Canyon High School: Jina Moon – “Jina fits the mission statement of the Rising Star program perfectly,” said Principal Justin Conn. “She is intricately involved in her school and community through her role in the Young Leaders in Health Care Club and UNICEF. She demonstrates her love of learning through her flawless academic record which includes nearly all of the most advanced and challenging courses offered at LCC. She is a force of positivity in the classroom, and she is always willing to support her peers in the learning process. She is an inspiration for others at LCC!”

San Dieguito Academy High School: Matthew “Blake” Harris – “Blake is an exemplary student shown through his commitment to academic excellence, passion for Speech and Debate, community improvement in Landscape Architecture, and his ability to connect with peers.” said Principal Cara Dolnik. “He is a tremendously kind, positive student who contributes to making SDA an inclusive and safe environment for all to learn and thrive.”

Sunset High School: Kaede Ward -“Kaede is an outstanding young man and he has definitely made his mark at Sunset,” said Principal Rick Ayala. “He has not only excelled academically, he also made positive contributions to the school community with his extracurricular work. Kaede’s positive attitude, excellent work ethic, and efforts to support others serve as a model for others to follow. He treats every student and staff member with kindness and respect and he has all of the traits you would want in a leader. Kaede is a rising star who undoubtedly will continue to shine as he moves on to bigger and better things after high school. Congratulations, Kaede!”

Torrey Pines High School: Marley Wexler -“Marley epitomizes a student devoted to academic excellence, fueled by an insatiable thirst for knowledge and growth,” said Principal Rob Coppo.  “Rooted in her steadfast belief in servant leadership, she lives by the mantra of “leaders eat last,” consistently prioritizing the well-being and development of those around her. Beyond her personal pursuits, Marley extends her compassion and dedication to others through her non-profit initiative in Mexico. Through this endeavor, she offers children the tools and resources needed to cultivate a similar passion for learning, recognizing that education is a transformative force capable of transcending boundaries. Marley’s commitment to academic achievement, coupled with her selfless devotion to uplifting others, underscores her as a beacon of inspiration and hope in her community and beyond.”


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