May Student of the Month

Congratulations to senior Melissa Martin for being named Foothill’s May Student of the Month.


“You are not getting a better candidate – ever,” boasted physics teacher Chris Gibbons.


A review of Melissa’s resume certainly bolsters Gibbons’ assessment. Melissa maintains a 4.24 grade point average and was co-organizer of the emotional Every 15 Minutes program, an intense two-day event that personalizes the grim cost of drinking and driving.


“Melissa is an excellent student, hardworking and intelligent,” Gibbons said. “But more importantly, she has great character. She is honest, respectful, stands up for what she believes, is kind-hearted and always does the right thing.”


Other teachers have nothing but praise for Melissa’s hard work and dedication.


“Melissa was integral in the organization of the Every 15 Minutes program,” leadership teacher Adam Jennings said. “She is a model student and, quite frankly, a model person.’’


“Melissa is a diligent worker,” AP psychology teacher David Middleton added. “She always has a positive attitude. She did a wonderful job working to set up the Every 15 Minutes program this year.”


Melissa tackles her school work with the same enthusiasm she exhibited with the Every 15 Minutes program.


“Melissa is one of the most dedicated and conscientious students I have ever known,” mat teacher Bob Loew said. “She is absolutely tenacious in attacking a problem when she doesn’t understand it, and she doesn’t give up until she’s got it right.”


Martin will attend Santa Clara University and major in political science before moving on to law school. She is in the Fish Club at Foothill and involved in the youth group and teen choir at her church. She’s spent the past few summers as a vacation Bible school counselor and works to feed the homeless in San Francisco.


“Melissa is the student we want our young daughters to be like someday,” science teacher Chris Jones said. “She is the kid who comes in before school to ask a question about the test she took the day before. There is no intent to improve her grade after the test, but to understand that which she missed - and she doesn’t miss much.”


Congratulations, Melissa, and best of luck at college!


Students of the Month are nominated & chosen by Foothill staff. The program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North.