50 Bikes for 50 Kids Bike Recipients

The NNTMA is pleased to announce the 50 Bikes for 50 Kids 2017 bike recipients. These students were nominated by community members based on their demonstration of the following character traits: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. A volunteer committee read and reviewed many, many nominations to select the fifty students who will join volunteers on January 16, 2017, to build their very own brand-new bicycle.

 

Meet this year’s bike recipients by reading what makes these kids so special, as told by the adults that nominated them.


Diego Aguilar
SCHOOL: H. Allen Hight Elementary
GRADE: 5
Diego has worked hard on his communication skills over his elementary school years. He has taught his classmates patience, caring, and kindness. His mother has spoken with each 5th-grade class to describe what Autism is and how the students can support Diego. He is determined to learn and takes his academics very seriously. Diego learns best from experiences. This activity will build his social skills and social pragmatics.

 

Tyler Albert
SCHOOL: Natomas Middle School
GRADE: 6
Tyler is always smiling and positive. He is a conscientious and well-behaved student. On more than one occasion I have seen him leave his desk to go sit with someone who is struggling and help them with their math. I have seen him help another student who dropped a load of papers while others ignored it. When someone made a mess on the floor, he came and asked for the brush and dustpan to clean it up. He can always be counted on to do the right thing and he takes the needs of others into consideration to a degree not seen in most 6th graders. I think it would be good for Tyler to receive recognition for being an outstanding citizen and caring individual. It would benefit him to know that his kindness does not go unnoticed and give him more confidence.

 

Nadia Baigi
SCHOOL: Inderkum High School
GRADE: 9
Nadia is a born leader and shows responsibility beyond her years.  She is always respectful to teammates and coaches and is an immediate source of energy whenever she enters the room.  She shows great poise as well. Her responsibility, though, is the trait that stands out the most.  Nadia's mother suffers from a condition that is taking her eyesight and will leave her blind in the near future. Nadia takes on many of her mother's tasks and helps with the care of her younger brother.  She is an extremely deserving young woman. Nadia shows most of the character traits and responsibility of and adult, despite being only 14 years old.  I feel that Nadia is extremely deserving of some recognition for her maturity, hard work and responsible character.  Sometimes recognition - even if not strictly necessary - can really continue to help motivate a person.

 

Elijah Beverley
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School
GRADE: 8
I have known Elijah for many years. He is an amazing athlete, tries very hard in school, and gets good grades. He is a model student at his school. He is a good leader and is friends with many. He is caring, kind, and respectful. Elijah is a responsible, respectful student. I know he would have a great time with this program and feel honored to be a part of it. He is very responsible and receiving a bike that fits him would benefit him greatly. He would use it often and safely.

 

Destinie Carter
SCHOOL: Natomas Middle School
GRADE: 8
Destinie has a very charismatic personality despite being shy.  She has a positive attitude in the classroom and is always smiling.  She also does not hesitate to participate and works well with others. Miss Carter is sometimes shy and quiet.  This event would allow her the opportunity to work alongside some others in the construction of the bike and glean a sense of accomplishment from completing the task. She’ll also be able to share it with her siblings and she feels that sharing with them is very important.

 

Jessica Cata
SCHOOL:  Natomas Charter School - PFAA
GRADE:  12
Jessica is such an incredible student and positive person on our campus.  She always greets people with a smile and is there to help even before asked.  She is always kind to fellow students and teachers alike and treats them with respect even when it isn't deserved.  She is wise and mature beyond her years and is one of the most trustworthy students I have ever known.  She is an outstanding citizen on campus and is very caring to the younger students.  She makes doing her work at a very high level look easy.  To top it off, she is incredibly humble.  I would love to have 100 more Jessicas in my classes! 

 

Eduardo Chavez
SCHOOL: Inderkum High School
GRADE: 12
My son recently wore a gold wristband to a dance that Eduardo had also attended.  After the dance, we went to the diner and my son noticed his wristband was missing. Soon after, Eduardo approached our table with the lost wristband. He had recognized it from a group of students who had found it on the floor from the dance and wanted to return it to its rightful owner. He demonstrated something that is seldom seen nowadays in a generation with a sense of entitlement.  Good deeds go a long way in my book. Although difficult to imagine with his tall stature, Eduardo may feel that he generally goes unnoticed.  He feels safer to go with the grain and does not seek recognition.  A bike will help this graduating senior get to and from home, school, work, and his senior project volunteer site.  Receiving the bike will also give him the ability to get around his chosen college campus and move forward with his future goals.

 

Christian Clark
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School - VLA
GRADE: 11
Christian is by far the kindest and most accepting student I have ever met.  He is soft spoken but he is strong.  Christian works hard to complete assignments, do quality work, and meet with his advisors.  Honestly, he has qualities that I would hope for EVERY student.  His level of empathy and kindness is unsurpassed.  I smile every single time I see him. Christian is not always recognized for his strengths.  What makes Christian the perfect candidate for this award is his caring nature and the respect he shows to his classmates.  Christian understands that there is a place for EVERYONE at VLA and he makes others feel that way as well.

 

Emily Crofoot
School: Natomas Charter School - PACT
Grade: 8
Emily is a very responsible homeschooled student.  She takes her studies seriously and works hard to do her best in every subject.  Emily is a leader in her Yearbook class this year, having proved herself diligent and trustworthy to do a great job and meet production deadlines placed before her with excellence. She delegates responsibilities to those under her leadership with fairness.  Emily has a 10-year-old brother and a 2-year-old sister whom she is always willing to help care for. I have never observed her being anything other than patient and loving towards them. Emily exemplifies good citizenship within her PACT homeschool community and in her local community.  She is always welcoming to new students on the PACT campus and is willing to help them as needed.  Each year Emily volunteers to help do crafts with younger students during the summer through a local organization.  Emily is a very detailed person and I know she would greatly appreciate having the opportunity to build her own bike and see how every part of it fits together to work properly. Emily loves photography. A new bike would give her the freedom to ride farther to destinations where she might be able to catch the perfect shot.

 

Vincent Da Marto
SCHOOL: NP3 Middle School
GRADE: 8
Vincent is a new student this year and he quickly became a trusted student. Vincent has taken the initiative to speak out for another student that wasn’t being treated fairly by a peer. In class, he is the first to invite a lone student into the group. He is very considerate and polite when he communicates with students and teachers.  This form of recognition would allow him to see the value of being a human of substance, and would let him know the way he puts people before himself will be rewarding as he moves forward. Not only receiving but building the bike will open opportunities for him to service and motivate others to ride their bikes.

 

AJ DelMonte
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School
GRADE: 11
AJ is a wonderful student. Although he is quiet, AJ pushes himself to be a part of the Leadership Class and takes an active role in planning activities and events.  He excels in the sciences, has shown interest in exploring this as a career, and often helps other students with assignments.  He is kind, smart, funny, sarcastic, and curious- all the perfect ingredients for an exemplary student. AJ is a student who is often overlooked because he is always doing what he is supposed to.  I would love to see him recognized for his qualities that make him such a great student. He would NEVER draw attention to himself and he deserves the spotlight for a day.              

 

Isaiah Desimone
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School - Leading Edge
GRADE: 7
Isaiah is a responsible and trustworthy student. He interacts with his peers in really positive ways. For example, in my class, he thoughtfully will give feedback to others on their writing and is a student that many others want to work with. He is always respectful and brings his optimism to his class. Isaiah is a great leader and I think he would enjoy putting a bike together with volunteers and then using it daily afterward.

 

Mario Diaz
SCHOOL: Natomas Park Elementary
GRADE: 5
Mario is an exceptional young man. He lives with his single mother and baby brother. He always comes in very quietly, sits down, and completes his homework. He is especially polite to his elders. Each year I buy a few school supplies for each student to start school with, but if Mario doesn’t need them he lets me know so that other students can get them. Despite a challenge event for his family several years ago, Mario helps with the household in many ways. He loves sports and being outside with the other kids. I believe Mario would be a responsible bike owner as he is responsible about everything he does. I also believe Mario would love to see how the bike is made and learn how to better care for his new possession. Mario is a young man with a lot of responsibility for his age which he takes in stride. I feel ownership in a new bike would give him the freedom to be a child again.

 

Riley Farrow
SCHOOL: LeRoy Greene Academy
GRADE: 6
Riley embodies caring by continuously helping her mom with afterschool kids by tutoring them, helping guide them through projects, helping her mom plan for activities and crafts, and to help clean up. She is not only a responsible daughter/student/afterschool program helper, but she goes above and beyond by helping teachers set up their classrooms at the beginning of the year. Riley is an all around great kid with a lot of kindness and love in her heart. She always tries her best and is not one to complain. Riley is the proud child of a US Veteran who is still serving and whose family has moved around every four years of her life. Participation in this event would be a boost to Riley's self-esteem and she would feel proud. She gives so much to our community and asks for nothing in return. Riley is a truly selfless child who is pretty darn amazing and wise beyond her years!

 

Megan Fenner
SCHOOL: Natomas Middle School
GRADE: 8
Megan is always the first of her class in class runs and first to be dressed and seated quietly on her number. She is always on task and ready to fulfill extra credit opportunities even though her grade is above 100%. Megan obviously has straight "A's" and is always using her "pleases" and “thank-yous." She could not produce more than what she is giving into her education and well-being.  She will eventually be a contributing person to society. Megan is always eager to learn new things and try new challenges. This event will serve as an opportunity to get out of her routine of studying and activities and give her somewhat of a break from the norm of school, band, sports, and all her other responsibilities.

 

Adrian Gonzalez
SCHOOL: Inderkum High School
GRADE: 11
Adrian stays after school as often as he can to work on his old bike that is in very poor condition. He is very respectful, has an A in Bike Tech, and is a team player in class completing all assignments given. Adrian benefits by working with others, although he is somewhat quiet and does not always the get opportunity to do so.  I believe getting a new bike and experiencing this event with adult mentors will be something he remembers for life. Adrian would be able to ride his bike to school rather than take the bus or have his parents pick him up.

 

Jemimah Halafihi
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School - PACT
GRADE: 6
Jemimah is intrinsically motivated and can be trusted to get all her assignments and schoolwork completed on time without an adult monitoring her.  She keeps track of  her daily planner, completed assignments, and runs her own advisor meetings. She is very respectful to all her teachers and other students.  At PACT, we have many students with special needs, and Jemimiah is always kind and courteous to everyone.  She is always up to trying new things: dance classes, science fair, historical figure wax museum, blogging classes, Kindness Fair activities, and more. She often volunteers her time at school events. She is the most responsible student I have ever known. By participating in this event, Jemimah could experience first-hand the benefits and payoff of hard work and taking responsibility for her education.
 

Sydney Higgins
SCHOOL: Heron School
GRADE: 8
Sydney is a wonderful person.  She is very calm, understanding, and often helps classmates with extra needs. She is very level headed and understands the bigger picture. I'm very impressed with the maturity that Sydney displays both in and out of the classroom. She is eager to help and puts forth her best effort towards her own work while doing so.  Sydney is an ideal role model to her peers and a great person to look up to being an 8th grader at our K-8 school. She wants to understand why things happen and why things work. She asks great questions that show her curiosity and love of learning.  I think creating and engineering would be a wonderful path for Sydney.  If Sydney is able to build a bike she would get to experience an area that she may develop a passion for.
 

Kory Huber
SCHOOL: NP3 High School
GRADE: 10
Kory has a can-do attitude and tries to make the best out of difficult situations.  He is always willing to help others and is a good model of respectfulness. When his advisory class organized a campus cleanup he jumped into action cleaning and picking up trash with enthusiasm while other students remained less involved. He has high expectations for himself and works very hard to develop the skills needed to become independent. He is always the first to volunteer to help others at school and it would be nice for some of that same spirit of care to come back to support him. Kory would greatly benefit from secure transportation to travel to and from school and his part time job.



Kevin Huoth
SCHOOL: Inderkum High School
GRADE:12
Kevin is reliable, responsible, self-motivated, and independent. One afternoon every week, Kevin spends two hours organizing and shelving the holds for our patrons at the library.  When patrons have questions or need assistance, Kevin is always patient and respectful.  Part of citizenship is a willingness to give of oneself and Kevin is willing to provide extra help depending on the needs of the library.  He is willing to do any task (from weeding books to cleaning, cutting paper, etc.) that will help.  At the Lunar New Year program, he played host at the food table.  At Star Wars Reads Day, he helped kids make their own light sabers. Kevin would benefit from learning about bike building and maintenance, especially if he will be using a bike as his main mode of transportation. This is a great way to acknowledge his contribution to the Natomas community in a very tangible way. Last summer, Kevin got a job and in the heat of the late afternoon, he would walk from work to the library to volunteer.  Having a bicycle would give him autonomy and the ability to get around.

 

Natalie Kellam
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School
GRADE: 12
Natalie shows all the character traits listed and more.  She is one of the most resilient students I have ever met.  She has overcome many challenges in life to be the strong college-bound student that she is today. Natalie shows respect for her teachers and peers treating others with kindness and compassion.  She is very responsible as she manages her time wisely, making sure to complete her course work in her advanced classes while also working close to 20 hours a week at a hardware store. This event would be a positive thing for her, it would help her self-esteem knowing that other people acknowledge all that she is working towards.  Natalie tends to be quiet and reflective and may not always get the public praise for all the good that she does. A new bicycle would be a huge benefit for her.  Her mother doesn't own a car so her bike and the bus are her only means of transportation.  She lives in West Sacramento and goes to school in North Natomas, so she has a long commute every day.  A new bike would make that smoother and more enjoyable for her.

 

Markell Lawson
SCHOOL: Heron School
GRADE: 5
Markell helps his peers, takes care of his school, and is like a big brother to his whole class.  The whole campus is fond of him. Despite challenges, he has recently made monumental academic and social progress. Being rewarded for his upstanding character traits will increase his self-esteem, and the bike build will be a wonderful lesson in team building.

 

Makayle Lawson
SCHOOL: Natomas Middle School
GRADE: 8
Makayle Lawson is an honest young lady that I can depend upon in class to always tell the truth.  She keeps tallies of runs scored in sporting games we play.  She keeps track of laps run on our cardio days and she helps count the number of jump ropes the students do.  Makayle also has good grades and follows directions the first time she is instructed. Makayle is a very vivacious and extroverted student who would benefit by developing more self-confidence by being able to construct or assemble the bicycle.

 

Ryan Lopez
SCHOOL: Heron School
GRADE: 6
Ryan is kind, thoughtful, and respectful. These traits are not easy to find in a sixth-grader. He uses kind words when speaking to peers and adults alike. He chooses his words carefully and thinks how they will affect others. He is thoughtful in that he is aware of those around him, allows others to go first, and shares his materials. He always completes his homework, stays on task in class, and encourages others. He is an excellent example for others. Ryan tends to be a bit shy and quiet. Participation in this event would bolster his self-esteem and give him more confidence to be outgoing.

 

Miguel Lopez
SCHOOL: Heron School
GRADE: 7
Miguel has severe Autism with significant cognitive delays. The amazing thing is...he can ride a bike and enjoys it tremendously.  Most students with his deficits don't ever acquire the skills that are necessary to ride a bike.  He has demonstrated perseverance and responsibility with accomplishing this tremendous task.  He demonstrates several other quality character traits inside and outside the classroom.  When his classmates are upset, crying, or angry, he will use his iPad to tell the teacher how they are feeling. He completes his work when it is given to him and makes the right choices even when unsupervised. This event will provide Miguel with socialization opportunities with non-disabled peers and adults. It would also teach him skills that he is going to need to independently function as an adult (i.e., using tools, following directions).  Miguel is outgrowing the bike that he has and would benefit from a new bike that he helped build.  It would give him something to take pride in. 

 

Alyssa Lucas
SCHOOL: Heron School
GRADE: 5
Alyssa (Allie) continually demonstrates a level of respect, trust, fairness, and responsibility with her peers.  She always looks to the positive side of any situation.  She is quick to say, "give people chances."  She calmly speaks to her peers and is always a team player in class discussions. She is responsible and her work is accurate.  She takes her time to ensure what she completes is her best effort.  She is a role model for others by constantly displaying kindness by using encouraging words in the classroom such as, "You can do it. Give it a try." She is inclusive and makes sure that everyone's voice is heard. Allie is a hard worker.  Participating in an event that recognizes her efforts in trust, participation, respect, and kindness will show her that the characteristics she possesses are valued.   Allie spreads the importance of including others, and showing respect for oneself and others.  Allie deserves a new bike, one that she earns because of the positive person she is.

 

Bo Mayfield
SCHOOL: H. Allen Hight Elementary
GRADE: 5
Bo is an all-around awesome student.  He has only come to our school this year but he is liked by everyone and makes making friends look easy.  He is caring and always willing to help his classmates in the classroom and on the playground.  I have never seen him without a smile on his face.  Participating in this event will help him feel like he really belongs in Natomas and give him memories that will last a lifetime. Just seeing how Bo behaves with his classmates and how he cares for his younger brother and sister, I think it will make him extremely proud to see that someone is thinking of him.

 

Akshaj Mehta
SCHOOL: NP3 Middle School
GRADE: 6
Akshaj gives back to his community in several ways. In 2015, he volunteered to perform at the lighting of the Holiday Tree at the South Natomas Community Center. Akshaj also writes short stories and publishes them online as e-books. He then donates all the proceeds from the sales to charity. He has been featured on several of the local morning TV news shows because of this endeavor. I would not be surprised if Akshaj used the experience of assembling his bike into a future story he writes. Akshaj does not have a bicycle at this time. He would benefit by being able to ride through his neighborhood and explore.

 

Ty Miramontes
SCHOOL: Heron School
GRADE: 5
Ty Miramontes is motivated and has a positive attitude in the classroom.  He comes to school every day with a big smile, energy, and a drive to learn.  He participates in class and works well with his teammates.  Ty will lend a hand to his peers if he sees they need assistance.  He will compliment students in our morning meeting for their work.  Ty continues to complete his work and will help others if needed.   Ty has a natural ability to think about others and he continuously strives for the best.  He takes feedback well, and will also make suggestions to help his peers. This event will benefit Ty because it will be an opportunity to recognize him for his positive strength in the classroom as well as his participation in biking to school every day. By awarding Ty a bike, it is an opportunity for him to recognized for the things that come naturally to him in and out of school. This will only further Ty's passion for biking. Recognizing him for his positive behavior in and out of the classroom with a bike is the perfect representation of who he is. 

 

Kaitlan Myers
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School
GRADE: 9
Kaitlan demonstrates all the qualities needed for this award. She is trustworthy and can keep an eye on my class during lunch. She is fair and respectful to all students in discussions, labs, and between classes. She is caring and responsible for herself, animals (rescued) and her friends. She bikes to school and needs a new bike. This event would allow her to learn how to build and maintain her very own bike while gaining self-confidence. The bike will also allow Kaitlin to more easily make it to school, as well as learn more self-sufficiency.

 

Neema Nejad
SCHOOL: NP3 High School
GRADE: 12
Neema is very smart, responsible, respectful, well spoken, and a leader among his peers. He is the student delegate from our advisory class to student government.  He often speaks in front of the entire student body about activities and the like. He is also the elected student government school treasurer. Neema’s senior project is about motivating other students to focus on character traits such as responsibility and work ethics. He has come to school on more than one occasion while school was on break to attend meetings about this.  He even presented his research to the entire school staff. I think this event will be good for him to learn about other ways in which he can help his community. I think he deserves some recognition for his exemplary character.  This is a great opportunity for that.

 

Chris Osborne
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School - PACT
GRADE: 5
Chris volunteered to help with a project last year to help other students successfully meet their goals. Chris was chosen to be the first fitness mentor at our school due to his commitment to getting healthy and his willingness to motivate his peers. He chose to meet with students one-on-one to answer questions. Chris took the initiative of creating a video of him running while telling the reasons he enjoys it. The setting, flexibility, and positive environment of our academy have helped him on his way to succeeding, but I believe he would greatly benefit by being recognized as a leader with upstanding character traits. His fitness goals include running, rock climbing and biking. With this bike, he will be able to cycle for exercise and share his experiences with his classmates.

 

Mikayla Pannel
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School
GRADE: 10
Mikayla is a very hard worker. Despite some very serious hardships, she continues to fight for good grades. She is a fierce friend and a strong member of the student community. This bike will allow her to overcome the inconsistent transportation she currently struggles with. Having this bike will empower her to get around on her own.

Shivam Patel
SCHOOL: Heron School
GRADE: 5
Shivam came here from India about a year ago. He demonstrates the Heron Flyer S.O.A.R. character traits - S: Show Respect, O: Offer Kindness, A: Act Responsible; R: Reach for Success. Shivam greets students with a smile and a hello. If a student needs assistance, Shivam is quick to ask, "can I help you?"  His voice is calm when he communicates with his teammates and when he disagrees with something he will share his thoughts in a polite way. He strives to do his best by asking the teacher for clarification and what else can he do at home to improve. Recognition goes a long way, and what better way to recognize his efforts in school than with 50 Bikes for 50 Kids.  Shivam has a big heart.  He thinks about others often, and it would be nice to recognize him for his display of fairness, respect, and kindness he models for all students.

 

Jackson Primavera
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School - VLA
GRADE: 11
Jackson is fair and trustworthy in his everyday interactions with all students.  He is compassionate and respectful of students and differentiating ideas.  He is caring and always aware of fair and appropriate situations. Jackson has recently struggled with the theft of his bike. This is a distraction for an otherwise focused and accomplished student. Jackson will use his new bike to travel and visit friends as well as to get to and from his job.

 

Khadija Rahimi
SCHOOL: Natomas Park Elementary
GRADE: 5
Khadija and her family moved to this country 2.5 years ago. Their father, an Afghani officer working with the American military was the only English speaker. Khadija struggles with school because of her limited English but tries very hard to understand the new vocabulary she is given each week in class. She works hard on her homework each day. She is shy but very compassionate and kind when another new student arrives at school, often making them a card or writing them an encouraging note. Her mom tells me she is very helpful at home helping with cooking, dishes, and cleaning. Participation in the program would give Khadija a sense of accomplishment, independence, freedom. If Khadija were to have a bike she would be able to bike to school. She would also be able to visit friends, participate in outdoor fun and exercise with others.

 

Aisha Rahimi
SCHOOL: Natomas Middle School
GRADE: 6
From the day I met her, Aisha has shown herself to be a bubbly, open and caring individual. As I introduced her to my other students to help her make new friends she was very responsive, inviting them to her apartment and welcoming them with treats and tea as is the Afghani custom. I have witnessed her being very responsible in my program making sure her younger siblings listen to me, follow directions, and complete their homework.  She is the little mother. She also acts as the interpreter for her mother who is still learning English. Despite having only 2 years of English under her belt, she is a very serious student, on grade level, and a hard worker. Currently, the family has only 1 car (and 1 driver) and 1 bicycle. If Aisha were to have a bike, she could help her family more.

 

Magdalena Ramirez
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School
GRADE: 11
Magdalena is a hard-working student who respects her classmates and is quiet about her own achievements. She is a model student. What sets her apart from other model students is her empathy and willingness to help others. She never hesitates to lend a hand or offer support. From small things like holding a door open or helping someone with their homework, to larger things like recognizing that a teacher might need help cleaning up a classroom before or after school and pitching in, she is always there with a smile. I have come to depend on her help every morning to get my classroom ready for the day. There have been countless times when I have heard her ask other students whether they completed and understood an assignment or studied for a test. When the answer is no, she takes her own time to help them.

 

Andrew Romero
SCHOOL: Inderkum High School
GRADE: 10
Andrew is the oldest of 7 siblings. He is often relied on to partner with his parents to fulfill home responsibilities and he does an exemplary job. Andrew is currently an honor roll student at Inderkum High School’s - California Early College Academy (CECA) program. He rides his bike to and from school. He is always willing to help, where ever there is a need. He is an amazing student and person. I would love to see Andrew recognized as he is always willing to take a backseat. He gives for the benefit of others and constantly subordinates individual interests. I feel participation in this event would help him realize that his actions do make a difference; that his help and guidance for his family doesn’t go unnoticed.

 

Deven Schmitt
SCHOOL: Natomas Park Elementary
GRADE: 5
Deven is a sweet, sensitive boy who always has a smile and happy greeting ready for everyone. In addition to working hard, he manages say thank you and throw out unexpected compliments. One of my favorite things about him is that he cracks up at goofy jokes and is just starting to "get" humor. You feel good when you are around him. Deven is not fancy and appreciates things. I know he would appreciate a new bicycle and he would be touched to the core to know that people noticed him and thought well of him. Deven is an active kid who loves activities and group games. He participates in after school sports and his coach speaks highly of his effort and sportsmanship.

 

Dionte Shannon
SCHOOL: Inderkum High School
GRADE: 11
Dionte is CONSTANTLY looking to help teachers and his fellow classmates. He is kind and considerate to others and looks to be there for others.  Moreover, he has all his work done and on-time, and I can't think of a nicer gentleman. This young man has the proper character needed to be the recipient of one of these bicycles. When he sees that others notice his effort in the classroom, it will encourage him to do the right thing in society, and continue to be a positive example to others. The bike will help Dionte continue to be fit and healthy, and help boost his self-esteem. 

 

Nadia Spencer
SCHOOL: Inderkum High School
GRADE: 9
Nadia is a student who frequently volunteers countless hours helping with her soccer club. She is very organized and will often seek the help of her friends to ensure various tasks are completed. Recently, she planned and executed our equipment distribution for all 120 teams. She developed a system that allowed her to be efficient and ensure all coaches received their equipment without waiting. She takes pride in helping and we know that we can count on her to see a task through. Participation in this event would benefit Ms. Spencer by getting her some much-needed recognition. She is very active in her community and this bike would allow her to get around and continue her efforts to volunteer her time for not only our organization, but others in the North Natomas area.

 

Ian Sumait
SCHOOL: Natomas Middle School
GRADE: 6
Ian is an all-around scholar who demonstrates upstanding character traits in his ability to build rapport with his peers and teachers. Ian is globally conscious and established the first ever Green Team Club on campus. He is caring of the campus he attends, through his citizenship and fairness which has allowed him to garner admiration from his friends. Ian will greatly benefit from this event as a participant as it will reinforce his global consciousness and raise awareness of how bicycling impacts his health and the environment. Moreover, this unique opportunity will provide him the chance to experience a trade which can translate to his academic performance. Ian stays afterschool and this bike can provide him with a way home.

 

Austin Jay Talau
SCHOOL: Natomas Middle School
GRADE: 8
Austin is always respectful to everyone around him. He reaches out to ask others if they need help with anything. He also volunteers at school to help the younger kids who are starting middle school. This event would benefit this young man by working to build something with male role models. This would be a blessing to get back and forth to and from school.

 

Rhianna Usoh
SCHOOL: Heron School
GRADE: 8
Rhianna is very trustworthy and responsible. She always works hard in class and completes her assignments and if I need her to do anything for me (run to the office, help a classmate, etc.) I can always count on her to do so with a smile. She treats others fairly and is respectful of her peers and teachers. Last year in her class, there was a student who was having a difficult time getting a partner to work with and Rhianna offered to be his partner rather than asking to partner with one of her friends in the class. Rhianna is such a positive, outgoing person and works very hard in school and consistently makes good choices. I think she would have so much fun building a new bike and I think it would be great for her to realize that her good choices are not going unnoticed and that as often as bad things can happen to you, great things can happen to you as well!

 

Yasmine Vaughn
SCHOOL: Regency Park Elementary
GRADE: 5
I have the distinct privilege of teaching Yasmine. I couldn’t brag more about her merits, values, and kind heart - which makes her a model student in my class. She is kind and respectful to students and staff, has integrity in her conduct and work, will go out of her way to help those around her, and loves to make others happy. She has shown that she is not only a kind, fair, caring, responsible young lady, but one who shows tenacity and resilience through hardships. She is never the first to stop trying, even when subjects get tough, nor have a bad attitude because she isn’t grasping concepts at the same pace as her peers. For this and many other reasons, she is a resilient young lady who will look at failures as an opportunity to try harder and have a renewed sense of motivation and success. Yasmine would benefit hugely from this opportunity. It would build up her confidence and make her believe in her abilities and intelligence.

 

Colin Wagner
SCHOOL: Heron School
GRADE: 8
Colin is a very hard working student who is determined to do his best. School is not always easy for Colin but he is patient and forgiving with himself.  Colin is very quiet in school but when called upon he takes his time to give a thoughtful response.  I think Colin has upstanding character traits that really help him succeed in times of adversity.  I'm impressed with Colin's determination to persevere.  Colin would get to experience creating something for his own use. Colin would really benefit from seeing what he can create.

 

Akani Walker
SCHOOL: Inderkum High School
GRADE: 12
Akani is trustworthy and responsible and I can always count on him.  He understands the importance of helping other students and he is excited to do it.  He cares very much for their success and creates a very inviting atmosphere, so much so that students seek him out for guidance. He is very fair in giving all students equal attention when necessary. He shows respect for all students and staff.  Citizenship and giving back to the community is a large part of Akani’s current life and future goals.  After graduating high school, he plans to join the military and, after that, wants to be a teacher. Participation in the event would help give Akani valuable information through learning mechanical skills that he could share with others in pursuit of his career.  Moreover, it would benefit him to be acknowledged for his contribution to the local Natomas community.

 

Serinity Rose Williams
SCHOOL: Natomas Charter School - PACT
GRADE: 7
Serinity Williams is a student with the tenacity and perseverance to strive for academic success, no matter how difficult! I am in awe of how she tackles learning obstacles with endurance and patience. Her positive outlook and desire for reaching goals is commendable. She takes responsibility for project deadlines very seriously. She is punctual and prepared for her school day. This year she has already shown enormous growth in leadership in her new position as Yearbook photographer. On a recent field trip to an ice skating rink, she gathered everyone for a group photo with confidence and attention to the smallest detail. There was a kindergartener who was still in the Snack Bar area, I witnessed Serinity personally invite the reluctant student to participate and waited for her to join the group before taking any photos. When given any task, from the exciting (building a rocket) to the mundane, she gives her very best effort! Outside of her school day, she reads books to a young child born to a teen-mom adding loving support to a fragile situation.
 

Tarmar Williams
SCHOOL: Inderkum High School
GRADE: 10
Tarmar is an amazing student and a natural leader in the class. Tarmar is always willing to help her classmates. In addition, she helps with her two siblings at home. When a family emergency struck last year, she stepped up and helped keep the household running. They don't have any family close by, but she made it work. Tarmar lives over 4 miles away from school and is currently walking that every day. A bike would help with her daily trek to school.