Time Warner Cable Announces 2012 Best Moms Finalists

For the 11th straight year, Time Warner Cable asked students in grades 4 to 12 to describe why their mom is the best; 50 San Diego moms made the finalist list & will be honored Mother's Day Weekend.

11th Annual Event to Showcase 50 Essay and Video Finalists

All moms deserve recognition for the sacrifices and dedication they make each day for their children and families.  This coming Mother’s Day weekend, 50 “stand out” moms will receive acknowledgement they deserve and then some at an awards ceremony and luncheon.

For the 11th straight year, Time Warner Cable asked students in grades 4 through 12 to write essays telling why their mom is one of the best. In addition to essay submissions, Time Warner Cable’s Best Moms Contest welcomed video entries in an effort to inspire the development of students’ science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. 

Nearly two thousand essays and videos were submitted by students throughout San Diego County, which were then judged by a panel of local journalists and elected officials.  Out of those, 50 rose to the top and these finalists, their “Best Moms”, teachers and invited guests will celebrate the honor at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on May 12, 2012. This year, some of the honorees include: grandmothers, foster mothers, fathers, cancer survivors, military moms and many more.

Moms will be showered with gifts from sponsors and three students (one from elementary school, one from middle school and one from high school) will receive a Sony Tablet S. In addition, the winning students’ teachers each receive a $250 gift card for supplies for their classrooms. The student winners will be awarded at the luncheon and excerpts from the winning entries will be read or viewed.

2012 San Diego Best Moms Finalists:


Diane Bedrosian (Mother), Christine Abrell (Child)
Signe Castaneda (Mother), Carsten Castaneda (Child)
Hui Guo (Mother), Juliana Fan (Child)
Rea Orzechowski (Mother), Grace Orzechowski (Child)

Susan Ahern (Mother), Angela Ahern (Child)
Jennifer Lynn Ellinger (Mother), Madelyn Hope  Ellinger (child)
Helle Greer (Mother), Stefan Greer (Child)
Gretchen von Helms (Mother), Esmeralda Ronis von Helms (Child)
Annika Wilson (Mother), Erik Wilson (Child)

Chula Vista/National City
Lorraine Lopez (Mother), Rhiannon Reeves (Child)
Bernice Santiago Nelson (Mother), Jasmine Cassie Rippey (Child)

Imperial Beach
Cynthia Castillo (Mother), Isabella Castillo(Child)


Janine Watts (Mother), Jacob Watts (Child)

La Mesa
Navbakhor Amindjanova (Mother), Nuriddinov Berkhuz (Child)

El Cajon
Julie A. Booker (Mother), Kinsey Shae Booker (Child)


Melissa Stoltz (Mother), Aurora Stoltz (Child)

San Marcos

Jennifer Haubner (Mother ), Jordyn Haubner (Child)
Annie Laranang (Mother), Rina Laranang (Child)

Valley Center

Cecilia Chanon Michel (Mother), Ruby Piedra (Child)
Jodi Rae Villarreal (Mother), Rebecca Rae Villarreal (Child)


Eloisa Reyes (Mother), Elsie Reyes (Child)


Manieh Varner (Mother), Lua Varner (Child)

San Diego Communities:

Rancho Bernardo/4S Ranch

Robyn Weller (Mother), Adia Barrow (Child)
Beth Siesel (Mother), Katie Siesel (Child)
Stuart Moul (Father),  Doriana Moul (Child)
Jemima North (Mother), Tijana North (Child)

Mira Mesa/Miramar/Scripps Ranch/Rancho Penasquitos

Le Chinh Vo (Mother), Vivian Hoang (Child)
Rachel Kuhrt (Mother), Ethan Khurt (Child)
Irene Hererra (Mother), Marco Buelna (Child)
Jamie Grant-Prater (Mother), Caroline Grant (Child)
Janet Dingsdale (Mother), Kat Dingsdale (Child)
Tamara Kotsos (Mother), Alexandra Kotsos (Child)

Carmel Valley

Deana Lytle (Mother), Spencer Lytle (Child)
Joan Mei (Mother), Meilong Zhang (Child)
Soo Jean Park (Mother), Chae Hyun Lee (Child)
Ying Qu (Mother), Victoria K. Li (Child)

Tierrasanta/ University City/Clairemont

Yvette Blease-Moore (Mother), Brandon Moore (Child)
Xuan Nguyen (Father), Kim-Chi Nguyen (Child)
Connie Culp (Mother), Tyler Culp (Child)
Patti Knight (Mother), Rory Knight (Child)
Meiyu Liu (Mother), Amara Tang (Child)
Lucy Robbins (Mother), Shawn Robbins (Child)
Michelle Rodriquez (Mother), Lina Rodriquez (Child)

Point Loma/OB
Sandra Darwash-Warburton (Mother), Jayda Warburton (Child)
Kara deFreitas (Mother), Madeira deFreitas (Child)
Heather Lutz (Mother), Lily Lutz (Child)

Downtown SD/East Village
Kathryn Davis (Mother), Kandice Davis (Child)
Christina L’Heureux (Mother), Jolie L’Heureux (Child)

Logan Heights/Encanto
Ana Espinoza (Mother), Susana Espinoza (Child)
Enedina Diaz (Mother), Francisco Roberto Suarez (Child)

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