Guidance Counselor Kim Goins wrote that it was a great pleasure to recommend Junior Ortiz as Kiwanis Student of the Month for May. Junior is a Winton Woods High School senior who is originally from Guatemala. At the age of five, he came to this country and moved into our district at the age of seven. “Since I met Junior his freshman year, he has joined and remained in our Academy of Global Studies Program,” said Goins.
“Junior is a quiet, yet, serious student. As a ninth and tenth-grade student, Junior was concerned about his academic path so he would check with me frequently to see how he was doing in his classes to make sure he was taking the courses that were best suited for his college and career interest.”
“Junior serves as a translator for his mom and other family members. He also spends almost every Thursday afternoon teaching one of our special needs students how to read. Often times, I hear Junior translating in the student's native language and then translating words in English. I know the student being helped appreciates and looks forward to getting help from Junior.”
“Junior became a band member in the seventh grade and played the trumpet in the incredible Winton Woods High School marching band for all four years. The Band Director Danelle Ashbrook said that he really stepped up as a leader his senior year and was very impressed with his continual improvement.”
“His Physics teacher Bradney Ciminowasielewski said Junior is a very inquisitive kid who pushes learning forward and is always adding fun to the learning environment. Additionally, Junior participated in the Tech Olympics with Mr. Ciminowasielewski this year. His team presented a project called ‘Tech Gizmo’ to a team of engineers at the Millennium Hotel. This project so inspired Junior that he is planning on pursuing an associate degree in Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Blue Ash starting in the fall.”
“Besides being a translator and a band member, he also participated on the soccer team as a defender (also known as an outfield player) for all four years. I know Junior will be successful in his selected path and I wish him the best as he embarks on his next chapter.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Shown (l-r) at the May board meeting are Kiwanis Greenhills-Forest Park Club President Jim Hadley, Kiwanis Student of the Month Junior Ortiz, his Guidance Counselor Kim Goins and Board Vice President Katrina Rugless. Photo by Drew Jackson.