Each week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with exceptional character.
This week, we meet a young man who has proven just how responsible he is by being in charge of his school’s farm over the summer.
Waking up early and going to bed late, Sophomore Chris Martinez gave all he had to make the 4-acre farm at Monache High School a success.
“I would feed the pigs and make sure the pens were not filthy, and every other day I would come in to water the plants,” said Chris Martinez, a Monache High School Agriculture student.
It was because of Chris’s character and responsible nature that he was chosen by his Agriculture teachers for the summer intern spot.
“I’m not surprised,” said Chris’ Monache High School Ag Teacher, Christie Bennett. “I knew Chris was going to be a phenomenal intern — especially as a Freshman — that is really hard to come by.” “I come back and not only is everything where it was at the beginning of the year, everything is thriving!”
Monache High School Ag Department Head, James Corbett adds, “There are a lot of kids that are interested and kids are kids — they are interested in the animals. But to have someone show up everyday is pretty cool.”
From the piglets to the plants, Chris worked hard to keep things green and healthy. A student who worked hard by himself, doing the right thing even when no one was watching.
“He is going to be somebody that is going to be responsible on his own and that is sometimes something you don’t have to teach. It is something that is inside, ” Bennett adds.
It’s why Chris is growing into an excellent future farmer and a person with strong character.
“I want people to trust me to be a responsible person, to show myself, and who I am,” Chris said.
Chris Martinez of Monache High School shows us why Your Character Matters.