Students at packing house

On Sunday, ABC30 premiered its latest Children First special entitled “Standout Students.” The special featured inspiring stories about exceptional young people or student groups. Among the stories were two from Tulare County.

Dulce Soto-Sanchez is a recent graduate of Monache High School in Porterville. She came to the United States from Mexico when she was 12 and did not speak any English. "I always felt like I was less than other people,” she said. Using Google translate to help with her homework, Soto-Sanchez worked hard to achieve her goals, graduating near the top of Monache’s Manufacturing and Construction Technology Academy. She was accepted into UC Merced, University of Arizona, and many other colleges, but has decided to attend College of the Sequoias for the first two years of her studies.

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Profiles in Character
Mohammed Abdullah and brother

Mohammed Abdullah (left) takes time to visit, check in, and share joy with the students in Monache High School's K1 classroom. We first met Mohammed when his older brother was enrolled in the AcCEL program classroom at Monache. Mohammed has maintained a connection with the students and staff in classroom K1. He is now a student assistant.

He is authentic with his interactions with the students. He can be anywhere on campus and notice a need of one of the students. He provides comfort and care without bringing any attention to himself. He is beloved by the students and staff. His maturity allows for him to offer guidance and friendship to his peers with special needs, with the upmost respect and dignity. His interactions with others are truly beautiful to encounter.

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