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Manteca Unified school board President Don Scholl, left, presents Lathrop High junior Asianya Jones with Manteca Unified’s ‘Celebration’ honor for her courageous effort of breaking up an on-campus...


POSTED August 21, 2013 2:03 a.m.

Asianya Jones occasionally gets teased for her action of intervening in a fight that occurred last spring.

No surprise that the Lathrop High junior takes it with a grain of salt.

“They’ll say ‘there was a fight at school today but you weren’t there to be a hero and break it up,’” said Jones, who was recognized at Tuesday’s Manteca Unified school board meeting with the ‘Celebration’ award.

Board President Don Scholl was on hand to present the honor that recognized for her courageous actions.

Superintendent Jason Messer added that Jones was the first recipient of the MUSD Challenge award similar to that used in the military. “It has to be earned,” he said.

Jones doesn’t call herself a hero.

Rather, she was simply doing the right thing by stepping in between a fight involving two female students. Meanwhile, many of her peers were using their cell phones and other video-recording devices in an effort to record the fight and possibly post it on the Internet.

“While they were filming the fight, Asianya got in and pulled the girls apart,” said Clara Schmiedt, who is the senior director of secondary education.

Her action may not have been popular among some of her classmates. But that didn’t matter to Jones, who is the daughter of Ronnie and January Murillo.

Jones has earned plenty of recognition for her action, appearing before local media not to mention television stations in Alaska and Tennessee.

She was also on several radio talk shows.

Jones sees herself as another Lathrop High student. She’s involved in volleyball, basketball, soccer and Leadership.

 Jones now has her share of admirers.

“Asianya bravely stood up against the norm,” Trustee Deborah Romero said. “My hope is that more students will follow in her footsteps.”

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