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South El Monte High Students to Participate in Young Senators Program


By Anne Donofrio-Holter

South El Monte, CA – California State Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) has selected three South El Monte High School students, Carlos Ortega, Juliana Ortega and Ronnie Marie Soto, to participate in the Young Senators Program.  The program nurtures young leaders by providing them with a unique opportunity to actively engage in discussions and learn from business leaders, government officials and community organizations.

The 40 students that will participate in the six-month program that takes place at Rio Hondo and Cerritos Colleges were selected on their community involvement, leadership potential and academic performance.  Students were also required to write an essay on what they feel are the most important issues facing teenagers today.

Through the Young Senators Program, which is provided to students free of cost, “participants will be able to learn first-hand about the state’s legislative process, develop leadership skills and have the opportunity to meet working professionals who are actively involved in their respective communities and use their skill sets for positive change.”

“We are very proud of Carlos, Juliana and Ronnie,” said South El Monte High School principal Angie Gonzales.  “We look forward to their sharing with us what they learn from the program.”

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