Academic All-Star Lucas Gutierrez from John Sutter Middle School has more than just intelligence – he has a caring heart, too.
“He’s always wanting to give back to others,” says his father Hank Gutierrez. Apart from holding a 4.0 GPA since second grade, he has been awarded the Fresno County Service Award for the past seven years.
Lucas has volunteered for many organizations, including Heart of Horse Therapy Ranch, an organization that provides therapeutic riding for veterans. He, along with a group of volunteers, created a website that lists services for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He took it a step further and went to the Fowler City Council to ask if his website could be linked to theirs. He also took part in fundraising for a new saddle to give to the organization.
His English teacher, Lea Steele, says she is amazed at his ability to “maintain academic focus” and serve his community. “He’s a well-rounded student,” she says.
As a participant in the 2016 All-Stars conference at the Michael Jordan Basketball Camp, Lucas lives by Jordan’s famous quote. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” His AAU Basketball coach, Andy Jimenez, says Lucas has “developed good leadership traits during his time.”
Lucas’ father says his son, “doesn’t settle for anything less than an A.” The 8th grade boy has been on the pincipal's honor roll for three straight years.
Lucas remains active at his school by holding the student body vice president position and being a member of the Lego Robotics competition team. In addition, he plays trumpet for the school’s Marching Band.
School: John Sutter Middle, Fowler
Parents: Hank and Lisa Gutierrez
Achievements: Principal’s honor roll for three straight years at John Sutter Middle School, student body vice president, member of the Lego Robotics competition team. trumpet for the SMS Marching Band, 2016 Coach’s Award for Cross Country, participant in the St. Lucy’s Fundraiser, participant in The Fresno Bee’s “Kids Day,” volunteer for “Be the Match” Bone Marrow campaign for Justin Garza, nominee for governor’s award for Service Learning hours, nominee for 2016 All-Stars conference at the Michael Jordan Basketball Camp and STEM robotics team member.
CHRISTOPHER TRAFTON, 14, Fresno
School: Kastner Middle (Clovis Unified)
Parents: Scott and Jackie Trafton
Achievements: A 4.0 student, Christopher has been a member of the California Junior Scholastic Federation four times. He is on the school cross country team, and has been awarded a Gold Presidential Service Award from the White House for completing more than 100 hours of community service last year. He is on his way to achieving the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts.
BAOBIE GRACE MOUA, 13, Fresno
School: Glacier Point Middle (Central Unified)
Parents: Ger Moua and Pai Yang
Achievements: A 4.0 student with perfect attendance, Baobie has been part of the Glacier Point track team. She volunteers at her church, wrapped and distributed more than 600 toys in the holiday Toys for Tots drive, and has raised funds and packed more than 120,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now campaign. Baobie has been involved in the Science Fair, Young Authors Festival and AVID program.