First grade, Gianna Manfredo, Quail Lake Environmental Charter

The Fresno BeeMay 30, 2014 


Gianna Manfredo is a first grader at Quail Lake Environmental Charter School.


At age 7 Gianna is already running circles around others when it comes to her list of achievements.

The top of a list — competing in last year's Color Me Rad 5K run with her mom, Jill.

"She had to keep up with me!" Gianna said.

If running wasn't enough to expend her energy, Gianna also takes part in jazz, cheer, gymnastics, swimming and is learning how to snow ski. As for a more relaxed outdoors activity, there's always fishing with her dad, Jeff.

RELATED: Full list of Academic All-Star nominees; download a certificate

Meanwhile, inside the classroom, Gianna is a 4.0 GPA student with a number of awards — a math whiz, reader of the month and student of the month to name a few.

"She has just been a great, all-round student," said Gianna's teacher, Catalina Hamel. "Right at the beginning of the year, I could tell she was going to be really polite and very respectful."

A Science Olympiad and Peach Blossom Festival performer — in which she earned a Superior rating — Gianna has already proven she's a natural competitor, Hamel said.

With aspirations to become a nurse, Gianna is already proving her willingness to help others by community service through donations and volunteer work at her church.

"I know I can always count on her to help if someone else is struggling," Hamel said. "I can definitely count on her to be a good role model for other students."


Age: 7

Home: Clovis

Parents: Jeff and Jill Manfredo


Ava Rose Arias, 7, Dinuba

School: Monson-Sultana (Sultana)

Parents: Marlena Celaya and Freddy Arias

Achievements: Standing out among her peers, Ava is described by her teacher, Connie Friesen, as a "loving person," always showing kindness and a willingness to help others who are struggling around her. With a "strong work ethic," Ava has maintained a 4.0 GPA in all subjects and reads at the third grade level.

Addison Meneffe, 7, Fowler

School: Marshall Elementary (Fowler)

Parents: Rodney and Whitney Meneffe

Achievements: With a passion for animals, a love for science and a kindness for helping others, Addison hopes to be a veterinarian, according to her teacher, Lynn Porter. A star reader and a student of the month, Addison is a smart, enthusiastic student as demonstrated by her 4.0 GPA and investigative spirit. Outside of school, Addison takes part in jazz, ballet, gymnastics and swimming and still finds time to complete community service and play piano.

Hayden Craft, 6, Clovis

School: Quail Lake Environmental Charter

Parents: Chris and Carolyn Craft

Achievements: Always with "a smile on her face," Hayden is described by her teacher, Katie Takeda, as a student who excels in all academic areas. Earning honors such as student of the month, the perfect attendance award, the principal's character award and the mathematician award, Hayden is a role model for her classmates. Outside of the classroom Hayden is also active in sports, taking part in gymnastics, tennis and golf.

2014 Academic All-Stars

First grade, Gianna Manfredo, Quail Lake Environmental Charter

Second grade, Juliette Ann Vazquez, Fort Washington Elementary

Third grade, Kyle Derksen, Maple Creek Elementary

Fourth grade, Lanie Murrieta, Fremont Elementary-Fowler

Fifth grade, Nevyn Albert Santillan, Fremont Elementary-Fowler

Sixth grade, Victoria Sanchez, Eric White Elementary

Seventh grade, Trevor Amarante, John Sutter Middle

Eighth grade, Neil Maitra, Edison Computech Middle

Ninth grade, Emma Marie Boone, Clovis West High

10th grade, Onkar Sandhu, Clovis North High

11th grade, Madison Meredith, Monache High

12th grade, Henry Lee, Clovis West High

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