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6/7/2013 7:41:00 AM
District honors May Students of the Month
Special to the Times

BLYTHE - Clay Pierce and Aurora Bell were honored last month by the Palo Verde Unified School District Board of Trustees as May District Students of the Month.

Pierce is an outstanding sixth grade student, according to his homeroom teacher, Laura Matthews. He has scored "proficient" or "advanced" on every CST he has taken since 3rd grade. The confident Pierce assured Principal Jeremy James that he scored double advanced this year.

His favorite subject is math, which he scored advanced in last year. Mathews describes him "as a caring individual that always gives 110 percent, without hesitation. He helps open doors, assists his teacher and fellow students."

Pierce was an active member of Appleby's National Elementary Honor Society during its first year on Appleby's campus.

He also likes outdoor activities, fishing hunting, riding quads and camping, especially with his parents, Jamie and Chris Pierce, and sister, Alyssa.

"We have a lot of exceptional students at Appleby and there were several of them vying for student of the month," said James. "But it was when I looked through Clay's journal I found an entry about what he likes best about his school and he wrote in no particular order - the big grassy area, large black top area, Mrs. Mathews life lectures and the nice principal."

James also said that Pierce strives to follow the school and classroom rules, and takes to heart Appleby's motto: "Never settle for less than your very best." And it was for all these reasons listed and more that he was proud to recognize Clay Pierce as the Elementary student of the month.

Eighth grader Aurora Bell moved to the Palo Verde Unified District from San Diego just after her kindergarten year. She attended Ruth Brown Elementary from first to sixth grade where she participated in the GATE and NEHS programs. When she started at Blythe Middle School as a seventh grader, she was enrolled in the Honors Language Arts class and applied to be in the AVID elective class.

This year she continues in AVID as her elective and is now in both the Honors Language Arts class and the Honors Math class. She has maintained at least a 3.5 GPA both years at BMS. She plans to continue having AVID as her elective throughout high school.

As a dedicated member of the AVID Club, Bell has volunteered both years for the Christmas float project, sold dozens of buckets of cookie dough and, this year, spearheaded the First Annual AVID Yard/Bake Sale where they earned over $500.

Outside of school, Bell has been taking dance lessons since she was four years old. She has taken ballet, tap and acrobatics, but this year she is focusing on "point" (toe) and jazz dance. Bell has a brother, Max, who is in fourth grade at Ruth Brown, and her mother is a first grade teacher, also at Ruth Brown.

Bell is always smiling, perky and the first to volunteer to help or to answer a question in the classroom. She is inquisitive and has a strong sense of fairness; she will question and even confront anyone if she feels there is an injustice being done. Her curiosity and creativity mixed with her logical approach to challenges keep her at the top of her class. Finally, Bell is extremely polite. She will thank you for handing her a worksheet, answering her question or even for pointing out a flaw in her thinking while solving a problem.

Blythe Middle School Principal Doug Ferber said, "Now it is time for Blythe Middle School to thank Aurora Bell for demonstrating true Roadrunner Pride in her daily endeavors and to state we are pleased to name Aurora Bell as our Student of the Month."

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