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Juarez and Singh earn February District Student of the Month honors
Daniel Juarez and Davesh Singh
Daniel Juarez and Davesh Singh
Special to the Times

BLYTHE, Calif. - Daniel Juarez and Davesh Singh were announced as Palo Verde Unified School District February Students of the Month.

Felix J. Appleby Principal Michael Yancey introduced Juarez at the Feb. 4 Board of Trustees meeting as having "excellent leadership."

"...His honesty and willingness to accept the consequences for his action (whether good or bad), his acceptance of others, and his helpfulness is why he was selected as Appleby's Student of the Month."

Yancey explained that when Juarez sees someone in class, or on the field, struggling, he is the first to offer help and has the patience to walk them through all the steps.

"Although he sometimes struggles in academics himself," said Yancey. "He always tries and will always ask questions when he doesn't understand something. He is an all-around good student and a great person."

The grandson of Mark and Cheryl Cattell comes from a real Appleby family. He has been a student since kindergarten and his two older sisters, Aryanna and Alexis, are both former Appleby students.

Outside of school, Juarez excels in all sports from soccer to baseball, golf, and everything in between. He's known as an exceptional soccer goalie (although he'd rather play forward), and an amazing catcher in baseball. He is usually on an all-star team for one sport or the other.

"We at Appleby have a special thing about Daniel that we all like," said Yancey. "He enjoys looking and smelling his best, so much so that he even likes to touch up his cologne at the end of the day on his way to the bus - just like I do on my way to board meetings."

"Thank you for the opportunity to present Daniel Juarez as our Appleby District Student of the Month," said Yancey.

Blythe Middle Schoool eighth grader, Davesh Singh, is known for questioning everything and describes himself, at times, as condescending and sarcastic. But he's the student who stumps the teachers if they mispronounce, misspell or misstate facts.

"He's also very funny with a very dry sense of humor," said BMS Principal Dour Ferber. "Davesh says he enjoys messing with people."

Singh, a Blythe native, is the son of Karnail and Mony Mathew Singh, who actually met on a train in New York but both came from India. Singh has an older sister, Simrin, who is in the tenth grade at Palo Verde Valley High School.

According to Singh's teachers and those who know him, he is on his way to great things, and having him in class is pretty great. Among his finer points, Singh helps and mentors other students and he always keeps the stakes high by competing for the highest grade in every one of his classes. Intrinsically motivated is an understatement; Singh can't remember the last time he had less than an "A" in any class, but he guessed earlier in his life he may have received a "B" in elementary school.

In Doc McKim's science class he has one of two A's that were handed out at semester. He's that good. He said one day he hopes to be a doctor or lawyer. Yet, when he's at home relaxing, Singh says he enjoys anime and Spongebob Squarepants.

"For these reasons and more, Blythe Middle School is proud to have Davesh Singh as the District Student of the Month for February," said Ferber.

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