Last month, Adele Harrison Middle School selected eighth-graders Aron Corona and Maya Ibitz as the school’s Students of the Year.

Aron Corona is a dual immersion success story. He attended Flowery Elementary School and currently participates in Adele Harrison’s Dual Immersion program.  He is described by his family as responsible, helpful, hard-working and polite.  He is excited by the goal of becoming the first in his family to attend college, and he gets a lot of strength and resolve from his family’s support of his goals. Corona has a 4.0 cumulative GPA while also participating in many school activities, as well as assisting in the school office. Outside of school, Corona is a devoted soccer player and he volunteers with many soccer organizations, coaching younger players and helping them with tryouts.

Corona also loves to travel and his aspirations after high school include attending college, with his sights set on UC Berkeley, where he would like to study law.

Maya Ibitz attended local Montessori schools before coming to Adele Harrison. She is described by her family and peers as compassionate, funny, kind, self-driven and determined.  Ibitz has maintained a 3.8 cumulative GPA in middle school, and she participates in yearbook and as a photographer at school events. She is also a Safe School Ambassador and promotes the school’s “Be the Change” motto, actively showing kindness and acceptance.

Outside of school, Ibitz is a devoted Girl Scout, working on her silver award.  She volunteers at many local agencies, such as the Moose Lodge, Glen Ellen Street Fair, retirement homes and Relay for Life. She also performs with the Redwood Empire Chinese Association Cultural Dance Troupe at cultural events and receptions. Her passions include fashion, photography, art, dance and swimming. Her aspirations after high school include attending college with her sights set on Stanford, Harvard, Yale or UC Berkeley.

Corona and Ibitz were chosen as Student of the Year because of their academic excellence, exemplary citizenship and service to the school and community.

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This article is the sixth in a series that profiles each Student of the Year honored in Sonoma.