Rising Star of the Month

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Mission Statement:
The Mission of the Rising Star of the Month is to bring the community together to honor our local high school seniors for demonstrating character, integrity, love of learning, involvement in school and community activities; And/or the ability to overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education. The core of the Rising Star of the Month is the student who makes a difference in their home, school and community with sincerity and passion.


Rising Star of the Month:

Presenting Sponsor(s):

The Rising Star of the Month is a program from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee.  The goal is to champion students that have overcome significant challenges in their life, but have managed to keep, or get back on track with their education. We honor one high school senior each month from each of our area high schools at a breakfast.   At the end of the school year, we will give scholarships to at least one student from each of our participating high schools.

Rising Star Breakfasts are open to all educators, family members of students being honored, Chamber Board Members, and event sponsors. All donations to the Rising Star of the Month program are tax deductible as this is officially a program of the Chamber’s “Partner’s in Education” 501c3. If you would like to visit one of our monthly breakfast to see if you would like to be a sponsor, please email: [email protected]

2021-22 School Year

December, 2021 Playlist:

  • Keone Fatiaki – Army and Navy Academy
  • Daniela Yakuta – Carlsbad High School
  • William Pugmire – La Costa Canyon High School
  • Evan Willsmore – Pacific Ridge School
  • Luis Armenta – Sage Creek High School


        November, 2021 Playlist:

        • Isaac Barbosa – Carlsbad High School
        • Laura Zhou – Pacific Ridge School
        • Brooke DeGraan – Sage Creek High School


              October, 2021 Playlist:

              • Mia Humphrey – Sage Creek High School
              • Nina Finch – La Costa Canyon High School
              • Zarif Khan – Army and Navy Academy
              • Riley Knudsen – Carlsbad High School


                    September, 2021 Playlist:

                    • Wendy Savalza – Carlsbad High School
                    • Olivia Pacheco – La Costa Canyon High School
                    • Capri Suarez – Sage Creek High School


                          2020-21 School Year

                          2020 Rising Stars of the YEAR Scholarship Winners, Playlist:

                          • Bella Niems – Sage Creek High School
                          • Bennett Hochner – Sage Creek High School
                          • Carter Blom – Sage Creek High School
                          • Kameron Zablan – Sage Creek High School
                          • Nolan Mejia – Sage Creek High School
                          • Ismael Vera – Carlsbad High School
                          • Karen Antonio – Carlsbad High School
                          • Aiko Lozar – Carlsbad High School
                          • Chiara Frank – La Costa Canyon High School

                          April, 2021 Playlist:

                          • Birgen Grueskin, Carlsbad High School
                          • Jayden Lucian, La Costa Canyon High School
                          • Kami Zablan, Sage Creek High School

                          March, 2021 Playlist:

                          • Chloe Blankenhorn, Sage Creek High School
                          • Jordan Becknell, Pacific Ridge School
                          • Manush Murali, La Costa Canyon High School
                          • Ismael Vera, Carlsbad High School

                          February, 2021 Playlist:

                          • Aiko Lozar, Carlsbad High School
                          • Mobina Riazi, La Costa Canyon High School
                          • Tiffany Leyva, Sage Creek High School

                          January, 2021 Playlist:

                          • Sarah Williams, La Costa Canyon High School
                          • Jaiv Doshi, Pacific Ridge School
                          • Evan Boda, Carlsbad High School
                          • Sam Allen, Sage Creek High School

                          December, 2020 Playlist:

                          • Carter Blom, Sage Creek High School
                          • Chiara Frank, La Costa Canyon High School
                          • Nick Simpson, Pacific Ridge School
                          • Ravi Pathak, Carlsbad High School

                          November, 2020 Playlist:

                          • Kendal Furman, Carlsbad High School
                          • Bella Niems, Sage Creek High School

                            October, 2020 Playlist:

                            • Nolan Mejia, Sage Creek High School
                            • Alex Beltran Nuñez, Carlsbad High School
                            • Carson Robles, La Costa Canyon High School
                            • Shoshana Lehrer, Pacific Ridge School

                                September, 2020 Playlist:

                                • Karen Antonio, Carlsbad High School
                                • Ian Collins, La Costa Canyon High School
                                • Bennett Hochner, Sage Creek High School

                                    2019-20 School Year

                                    2020 Rising Stars of the YEAR Scholarship Winners, Playlist:

                                    • Luis Jofre, Carlsbad High School
                                    • Edward Gardner, Carlsbad High School
                                    • Aaliyah Rivas, La Costa Canyon High School
                                    • Samantha Low, Sage Creek High School
                                    • Sofia Hart, Pacific Ridge School
                                    • Mary Fangman, Pacific Ridge School

                                    February, 2020 Playlist:

                                    • Zoe Thompkins – La Costa Canyon
                                    • Steven Wynn – Carlsbad High
                                    • Henry Fowler Bmbardier – Pacific Ridge School
                                    • Destini Perkins – Sage Creek

                                        December, 2019 Playlist:

                                        • Juan Zacarias Francisco – La Costa Canyon
                                        • Mia McCarthy – Pacific Ridge School
                                        • Edward Gardner – Carlsbad High
                                        • Elaine Shi – Sage Creek

                                            November, 2019 Playlist:

                                            • Cavaughn Higgs – Sage Creek
                                            • Chloie Wayne – La Costa Canyon
                                            • Colton Powers – Army and Navy Academy
                                            • Jamie Polmar – Carlsbad High
                                            • Dylan McVeigh – Carlsbad Village Academy

                                              October, 2019 Playlist:

                                              • Sofia Hart – Pacific Ridge School
                                              • Alex Gregorio Lopez – Carlsbad High
                                              • Samantha Law – Sage Creek
                                              • Aaliyah Rivas – La Costa Canyon

                                              September, 2019 Playlist:

                                              • Hayat Abdelwhabh – Sage Creek
                                              • Olivia Stephens – La Costa Canyon
                                              • Ana Laura Flores – Carslbad High