Academic All-Stars

Sixth grade: Michael Peter Bedrosian, Quail Lake Environmental Charter School

Michael Peter Bedrosian has perfected the focus needed to excel in school and activities such as 4-H and Boy Scouts.
Michael Peter Bedrosian has perfected the focus needed to excel in school and activities such as 4-H and Boy Scouts. jwalker@fresnobee.com

A natural leader, Michael Peter Bedrosian has perfected the focus needed to excel in both school and other activities, such as 4-H and Boy Scouts. “He has always wanted to be a part of everything,” says his mom Stephanie Bedrosian. “When he sets his mind on it, he’s going to do it.”

Michael has found the right balance and energy to achieve perfect attendance this school year as well as to attend church and participate in 4-H and Boy Scouts. Scoutmaster AJ Hickman says Michael aspires to be an Eagle Scout because of his leadership skills. “Determined, driven and dedicated are a few words to describe Michael,” Hickman says.

Michael serves as Troop Chaplain for the Boy Scouts and relishes leading the troop in prayer, Hickman says. He’s earned numerous merit badges and is working on his first class rank. He was selected as Godfather of the Cross at St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in Fowler, where he’s attended since kindergarten.

Social and outgoing, Michael loves to be around people. He enjoys helping others and making a meaningful difference, his dad Michael Bedrosian says. Michael takes on a variety of tasks and loves to learn new things. “It takes time and dedication,” his dad says, “but when he sets his mind on it, he’s going to do it. He’ll get it done.”

“He’s aspired to be a leader since a very young age,” says his mom. Michael received gold medals for 4-H speaking contests at Fresno County Presentation Day, sectionals, and at state level at UC Davis. He took first place at the Sanger Unified science fair for his entry about reclaimed wood versus new wood. He also won first place in the environmental engineering category and took sweepstakes for sixth grade at the Fresno County science fair. He went on to compete in the state science fair in Los Angeles.

His parents see his ambitious nature taking him far in life. “He wants to be a leader, he wants to be a businessman; an attorney,” his dad says. I’m very proud of him and what he’s done. That’s where I see him going and where he wants to go.”

Notable

Age: 11

School: Quail Lake Environmental Charter (Sanger Unified)

Home: Fowler

Parents: Michael and Stephanie Bedrosian

Achievements: 4.0 GPA; runs cross country and plays volleyball; honors award at the Junior Young Leader’s National Conference in Washington D.C.; earned Block QL and principal’s character award, participates in the Green Team, robotics club, choir, band, 4-H, Boy Scouts, competitive science fair, Peach Blossom and the Young Author’s Fair; drummer for the Sanger Unified Percussion Ensemble

Honorable mention

MAKENNA GREWAL, 12, Kerman

School: Sun Empire Elementary

Parents: Bob and Soila Grewal

Achievements: Makenna took first place earlier this year in the Martin Luther King Jr. speech contest at her school. She spoke about teen bullying and suicide, a sensitive subject for some, says her teacher Laura Wiltse. “It was very emotional and well-written,” Wiltse says. The 4.0 student also plays softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and karate. She takes time to teach reading to second graders during her lunch recess and volunteers to serve food at the Sikh temple every year. Makenna’s multicultural background (her father is Sikh and her mother is Hispanic), has contributed to her loving persona and her need to help others, says her teacher Laura Wiltse. Makenna has also planted trees in the park, become a secret Santa for other children and volunteered to feed the homeless.

ALLISON McDOUGAL, 12, Fresno

School: Valley Oak Elementary, Fresno (Clovis Unified)

Parents: John and Jennifer McDougal

Achievements: Allison’s numerous after-school activities include cheer squad, leadership team, cultural awareness club, student council and the cross country and track team. She traveled to Knoxville to compete in the global finals for the Destination Imagination team which teaches STEM, fine arts and service learning. Along with her family, Allison volunteers at the NorCal Boxer Rescue habilitating and fostering dog behavior and finding dogs new homes. She is an altar server for her church, singing in the choir as well. “Allison is the type of student who is always on the lookout to help other students and teachers for the betterment of the school,” says her principal Julie Duwe.

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