SYVUHS senior is Student of the Month


Jesus Aguilera, a senior at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, has been named as “Student of the Month.” The honor, sponsored by Edward Jones, Solvang, includes a $100 gift card and a certificate.

Besides his 4.0 grade point average, Aguilera enjoys track and boxing, a sport in which he has trained for more than 10 years. Last year he was selected as the 2008 runner up for the U.S. Olympics Boxing Team, which will compete in China later this year. However, unless someone on the team drops out, he said, he will not attend the event.

His coach for boxing, which has been with the Police Activities League in Santa Maria, has been Abraham Carbajol. “Boxing is a great sport,” he said. “But I’m sure I wouldn’t like it so much if I didn’t have such a great coach.” Aguilera is looking forward to someday competing for an Olympic Gold Medal in boxing.


Aguilera has applied to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and hopes to major in English, his favorite subject. Later he plans to attend law school and maybe pursue a career in writing.

This spring he expects to work with the school’s varsity track team running both the mile and two-mile competitions. Other activities include membership in the Sea Cadets in Santa Barbara and the Future Farmers of America, where he serves as a chapter officer.

A native of Los Angeles, he has been a resident of Los Alamos for the past six years. He is the son of Martin and Gloria Aguilera, a landscape contractor and a stay-at-home mom, respectively.

His brothers are Martin Jr., 20, and Sergio, 12.