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South El Monte High School FBLA Students Score Well at Conference

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

South El Monte High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students received 36 awards at this year’s FBLA Mission Valley Section Leadership Conference held at Magic Mountain.  FBLA is an organization that focuses on promoting business skills and student leadership through various projects and competitions.
“Our team made us proud with their hard work and dedication and for achieving third place in Sweepstakes,” said teacher Tam Wong.  “We also made history this year with 21 state qualifiers.”
Along with over 425 of their peers representing ten schools in the East Los Angeles Region, South El Monte High School students competed in individual and team competitions dealing with subjects ranging from word processing to public speaking, global business to accounting, entrepreneurship to parliamentary procedures and spreadsheet applications to insurance and risk management.  Students also attended leadership training workshops.FBLA Section 2014
“FBLA challenges me to exceed my expectations and step out of my comfort zone,” said student Nathalie Nguyen.
“Interacting with people from different schools was a great experience,” said student Nathan To.
In the afternoon, students had a chance to unwind at Magic Mountain as they waited for the awards ceremony later that evening in the park’s Magic Moment theatre.
“The students had a chance to release their energy at Magic Mountain as they anxiously awaited to hear their names announced,” said Wong.
For student Tieu-Vy Huynh, it was both an exciting and nerve wrecking experience.
Congratulations to the following students who earned honors in their respective events and will now go on to the state competition this April: Richer Le, Yvonne Chau, Kevin Le, Raymond Chau, Jason Qu, Kelsey Tang, Quang To, Jackie Ma, Veronica Chen, Tieu-Vy Huynh, Judy Tan, Danny Tan, Matthew Aguilar, Kenneth Truong, Andrew Nguyen, Emmerick Doan, Yuanyi Liang, Nathalie Nguyen, Bryan Huynh, Danielle Hernandez and Sybil Hudgins-Hernandez.
“All our members worked hard to achieve their objectives,” added Wong.  “Each member represented South El Monte High School proudly.”
Also bringing home awards were Luis Sanchez, Tobias Gonzalez, Victoria De La Cruz, Warren Duong, Karen Chau, Nathan To, John Hua,  Beatriz Aguilar, Kevin Gutierrez, Siying Yu, Grace Moreno and Delver Cardona.
“Being named top ten in my freshman year and winning my first FBLA award were the best moments ever,” said student Tobias Gonzalez.
“We at South El Monte High School thank our FBLA students for their hard work and dedication,” added principal Oscar Cisneros.  “Congratulations to each and every one of them.”
“FBLA has really shown me what I am capable of,” said student Beatriz Aguilar.
“Experiencing success only foreshadows future accomplishments.  Expect more of yourself,” added student Bryan Huynh.
Mission Valley is the seventh and newest section of California FBLA.  It was established when it split from the Gold Coast Section in 2012.

Mountain View High

Students Attend UCLA Town Hall

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

Through a partnership between Mountain View High School and Latinas Guiding Latinas (LGL), three Mountain View High School students attended UCLA’s Fourth Annual Community Programs Office (CPO) Education Town Hall at the Pavilion Club on the UCLA campus.
“LGL, which is run by UCLA students, has mentored students in East Los Angeles for 25 years,” said Mountain View High School teacher Michael Weller.  “We are grateful LGL has expanded its services to include Mountain View High School.”
While at the town hall, in addition to hearing keynote speakers and attending poetry and dance performances, the students participated in a roundtable discussion about equity in education with a diverse group of UCLA students.  At the roundtable, Mountain View High School students shared their ideas on how the CPO groups could improve their outreach.  CPO education projects include LGL and similar student groups that perform service related to education.
“This was an exciting opportunity not only for our students to visit a college campus, but to interact with accomplished college students who represent a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds,” said Weller.  “I thank LGL for inviting our students to this worthwhile event.”
“I felt the UCLA students were really interested in my opinion and what I had to say,” said one Mountain View High School student.
“It was a great experience to be on the UCLA campus,” said another.  “The roundtable discussion was very interesting and I enjoyed the dance performances.”
LGL provided transportation to the event for the students as well as dinner.

Arroyo High School Speech and

Debate Team Recognized by NFL

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

The Arroyo High School speech and debate program has earned two prestigious awards from the National Forensic League (NFL).  The NFL is a “not-for-profit honor society created to recognize high school students in speech and debate.”
Under the direction of advisor Terry Colvin, Arroyo’s NFL chapter earned the 2012-13 Leading Chapter Award in the East Los Angeles District.  A single school in each district is awarded this honor annually with only 109 given out yearly among the NFL’s 3,000 schools.
The NFL also awarded the Arroyo chapter membership in its Societe de 400 which is made up of NFL schools which awarded at least 400 memberships and degrees in 2012-13.  Arroyo’s 406 degrees last year made them the 49th largest chapter in the nation and the 10th largest in California.  Memberships and degrees are based on points students earn when they compete in speech and debate tournaments.
“Our students over the last eight years deserve credit for these outstanding achievements,” said Colvin.  “This year, we have 83 students competing in speech and debate, a program which truly reflects the goals of Common Core.”
“These students and coaches have demonstrated outstanding participation and achievement in speech and debate activities,” said NFL Executive Director J. Scott Wunn.  “We are pleased to honor them for their hard work and dedication.”
“We are very proud of our speech and debate students and for the dedication of Mr. Colvin to the program,” said Arroyo High School Principal Angie Gonzales.  “Congratulations to all.”
The NFL is the oldest and largest interscholastic forensic organization and “promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student’s essential life skills and values.”  Its vision is that “every child in the United States will be empowered to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker and leader in a democratic society.”  Since 1925, more than 1.4 million students have participated in the NFL.


4/01- Local Control 
Accountability Plan 
Committee Mtg/6 pm
 4/03 - Board Meeting/6 pm  
 4/07-Special Board 
Meeting/5:30 pm
4/17-12 Week Progress 
 4/18 - Student/Teacher Free Day
 4/21-25 - Spring Break
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