By Pat Merritt
Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge

The Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge, in collaboration with Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, are proud to honor Natalie Guerrero as the January Student of the Month.

Natalie has been and continues to be very active at the high school. She has been the OLA representative to ASB for the past two years. Natalie was the emcee for last year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at the high school. This led to her being the emcee at Solvang’s Hispanic Heritage celebration and receiving a proclamation from the Solvang City Council. One of her community service contributions was volunteering at Solvang School’s fifth-grade science camp, a four-day activity. She also works four days a week while juggling her many activities and maintaining a strong academic average.

Natalie takes AP classes and is described by the staff at the high school as a positive role model for all. Her plans for next year include attending Santa Barbara City College and then transferring to a four-year college to pursue a career in either child psychology or criminal justice.