TULARE COUNY, Calif. - Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education we tell stories about South Valley students with great character.
This week's story is about one 8th grade student who goes above and beyond on campus, but does so without praise.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are a big deal at Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School. It's all about fun and games during lunch. There are activities put on by the 8th grade leadership class and orchestrated by one student who works silently.
Victor Rosas-Munoz is recognized for respectfulness.
He's always found doing behind-the-scenes work and never asking for credit -- all with a smile on his face. A quality his Advanced Technology and Leadership Teacher Katy Thompson admits is rare.
"He isn't a kid who needs recognition. He doesn't need to be the student on the microphone. He just happens to be the kid right where you need him...When he comes upon a student who needs something he would be the first to help out," she said.
To his friends, he's irreplaceable.
"When someone asks him to do something he'll do it," siad Rigo Cisneros.
"He's an awesome scholar. I've known him since 1st grade," said Alejandro Padilla.
To Victor, leading by example comes naturally.
"Everybody should be treated the same. You don't want anybody to feel bad about themselves," said Victor.
He said just a little respect can go a long way.
"It's just a regular thing that's always been happening. It's something everyone should do," he said.