Congrats to two Cathedral City students, honored on Tuesday for their academic excellence; Anthony Pacheco from Cathedral City High School and Stephanie Lopez-Duardo of Mount San Jacinto High School.

The names of the streets facing the entry to the schools has been renamed in honor of these two young people. The Cathedral City street names will be up for one year and then shipped to each of  the students at his and her new college. Each of the streets is adjacent to their respective schools.

Anthony is graduating with a 4.6 GPA. He has been involved in the Associated Student Body all four years in addition to his academics. He served as Vice President of his freshman, sophomore, and junior classes as well as Executive Vice President during his senior year.  Upon graduation, Anthony will attend University of Southern California on a scholarship, majoring in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He hopes one day to work in a business or a medical field advocating for the LGBTQ community.

Stephanie served as the Student Board Representative for the 2017-18 school year, participated in the ASB and donated time for charities in the health care arena. She will be attending College of the Desert, majoring in Nursing. Her goal is to gain her Associates degree at COD and then transfer to a California State University. Her ultimate goal is to receive a Masters of Nursing and become a Nurse Practitioner. She is a person who can light up a room with her presence.

Congratulations to both of these wonderful young people. Our city will be in good hands when Anthony and Stephanie are ready to stand up and be leaders in the city.

Cathedral City Mayor Stan Henry, Councilmembers Shelley Kaplan, Mark Carnevale and I were on hand for the unveiling at 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.