June 10, 2005

Graduation Highlights:

Vanessa Tapia Receives Best Buy Scholarship

Best Buy Children’s Foundation has awarded a scholarship to Vanessa Tapia, a 2005 graduate of Sweetwater High School. Vanessa is the daughter of Bertha and Luis Tapia and plans to attend San Diego State University next fall.

This year, the Best Buy Children’s Foundation through its partnership with Scholarship America, awarded more than $2 million dollars to graduating high school seniors across the country.

Scholarships were awarded to students who volunteer time to their communities, excel in academics, participate in extra curricular activities, and are entering or attending an accredited U.S. university, college or technical school.

Logan Heights Student Graduates from USD

Monica Grande graduated from the University of San Diego May 29.

Grande, who is the first in her family to graduate from college, earned a bachelor’s degree in diversified liberal arts and Spanish. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in special education at USD. At USD she worked in the Psychology Lab and the Math Center.

Grande graduated from University City High School in 2001. She is the daughter of Eufracia Ornelas.

An 8th Grade Graduation Speech

When I first came to Jacob-sen Middle School, I didn’t really believe in myself. I had just entered the seventh grade and I wasn’t used to changing classes. I thought that it was too hard for me, so I slacked off and didn’t get the best grades that I could have. But, I pas-sed. So, once I got into the eighth grade, I thought, “You know what?  I can do this.” And once I started to believe in myself, my grades rose.

When I enter High School, I’ll be taking Honors English and Biology, which weren’t my best classes last year. But, I love Science and English. And, once I had a good attitude about it, I then  reached my goal. Actually, I went further than I thought I could. 

But, believe me, I didn’t go all this way by  myself. I never would have made it this far if it wasn’t for my teachers. Especially, Mrs. Fisher, my English teacher, and Mrs.Slemp, my Science teacher. They have always believed in me. Even when I wasn’t doing so great. Even though we didn’t go over everything on the SAT’s,  I believe, I’ve learned more this year than any other. 

Now, that I know what gets you  where you want to go, I’m never going to stop believing in myself or others. 

Randa Viets,
Tehachapi, CA

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