LVHS Student of the Month: Ixandra Portillo

March 28, 2013

By PETER DAY
EDITOR

If Lucerne Valley High School junior Ixandra Portillo attains her dream of becoming a pediatrician, she’s definitely already displaying key traits — compassion, a willingness to work hard and the ability to make a difference.

Portillo and her family moved to Lucerne Valley from Apple Valley when she was in 7th grade. The district newcomer soon was embraced by new friends. But because she experienced that transition from one community to another, she is especially sensitive to the feelings of other new students.

Letter: A Heartfelt Thank You

March 28, 2013

On Saturday, February 23, a memorial took place at Lucerne Valley Elementary School for my grandmother, Julia Bell. The groups and individuals who put it on did a magnificent job. I would like to thank them for putting it on in such a way that honored my grandma, and her memory in a lighthearted way.

I would like to thank the Roadrunners for organizing the entire event so perfectly. It really honored my Grandmother. Thank you.

Commentary: Soccer provides healthy choices for children

March 28, 2013

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BY KRYSTIAN OTWELL

There are many kids in Lucerne Valley —youth actually make up 25 percent of Lucerne Valley’s population — and I think that all those young people should have a better variety of sports, such as soccer.

Sports are good for kids because they provide good exercise and they give them something to do. Sports also keep kids out of trouble. Lucerne Valley doesn’t have a large variety of sports, and if you ask me which sport Lucerne Valley should have, I would say soccer.

Peers make a difference

March 28, 2013

By PETER DAY

Talk about cool. There I was with my good friend, Alan, sitting underneath the giant oak tree blowing smoke rings.

At 13 years old, it wasn’t the first time I’d ever smoked cigarettes, but our non-chalant, public display on the high school’s “upper field” indicated we were about to take our smoking to a new level.

What's Happening - March 27, 2013

March 28, 2013

New Office Hours at Leader
The office will now be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with a break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Leader editor Peter Day may be available outside of those hours by appointment. Call 760-248-7878.

Chamber Accepting Auction Items
The Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce is accepting items for its upcoming auction. The date is pending for the event.
For pickups or delivery of items, call the Chamber office at 760-248-7215.

Teacher Szczatko is Employee of the Month

March 28, 2013

Kimberly Szczatko named high school staff member of the month

BY PETER DAY
EDITOR

Lucerne Valley High School math and history teacher Kimberly Szczatko (pronounced Shot-Co) definitely has her fans.

“She’s the best teacher,” wrote one student. “She is a brilliant teacher,” said another. “She’s cool.”
But the mutual admiration goes both ways.

“This is a really good school,” said Szczatko, who was recognized as February’s Employee of the Month. “Our kids are wonderful. They are more respectful than any students out there. This school is a family.”

Grim reminder: Majority Rules shares a serious message

March 28, 2013

BY PETER DAY
EDITOR

Though dark and ominous, the Grim Reaper wasn’t carrying her signature scythe. Instead, bags of cigarette butts rested by her feet as she quietly greeted Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware patrons last Saturday.

The Grim Reaper was joined by anti-smoking mascot “Mr. Ciggie” and members of the teen-led Lucerne Valley Majority Rules Club during the group’s week-long culmination.

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