Winston School recognizes student standouts from Carmel Valley, La Jolla


The Winston School recognized Eva Flores of Carmel Valley and Delaney Maguadda of La Jolla with top honors at an annual awards ceremony held recently at the Del Mar Hilton.

The Del Mar-based private school offers innovative teaching for kids struggling with learning differences.

Eva Flores, a graduating senior, received the Headmaster’s Award — the school’s highest honor. Flores has earned multiple awards from the school over the past seven years for various individual achievements. Her academic performance, spirited participation in the school’s productions of “The Wizard of Oz,” “Guys and Dolls” and “The Clumsy Custard Horror Show,” along with her leadership skills, helped her clinch the honor. According to Headmaster Mike Peterson, her persistence in overcoming the learning challenges she has as a result of Turner’s syndrome, dyslexia and ADD, has been exemplary.

“Eva is always striving to learn, to grow and to move forward in her life. Her enthusiasm, community spirit and extraordinary dedication to better herself makes her an inspiration to her peers,” said Peterson.

Delaney Maguadda, a junior, received the Loyalty, Spirit and Service Award named for Sarita Doyle Eastman, one of Winston’s founding leaders. Maguadda, who is vice president of the school’s student council and active in the Mentor Club, has made admirable progress in her five years at Winston.

Maguadda, who suffered a traumatic head injury at age 3 and has dyslexia and ADHD, struggles with reading and read at the first-grade level when she began attending the school as a seventh-grader. Thanks to smaller class sizes and Winston’s learning solutions, however, her skills are now on a par with her peers. The gain in confidence has also made her a spirited leader and role model for others, said Peterson.

“Delaney strives to make the school a stronger, happier place by being a good friend, a good worker and the kind of person who embodies all the admirable qualities of one of Winston’s founding leaders. She’s truly an exceptional student,” he added.

Flores plans to attend Mills College in the fall while Maguadda has her sights set on a career in veterinary medicine.

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