Temple City High School Students Receive ROP Awards

by Lynne Burkardt

Three Temple City High School Seniors, Samantha Walker, Sophia Valderrama, and Jake Ferntheil received Bronze Medals at the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program’s Outstanding Student competition and Gold Medals from the Temple City Unified School District.

Samantha Walker was recognized for the exceptional photographs she learned how to take in her Digital Photography class.  “This ROP class really sparked my interest in photography,” commented Samantha.  “I thought it would be a class about the history of photography and how to use a camera.  However, I learned so much more than I expected.  I learned how to control the lighting settings, exposure to the camera lens, and how to properly care for the camera.  But most importantly, I learned how to take a good picture and what it is like to be a professional photographer.  I use these skills to take the best pictures and found that people really enjoyed them.  Through this class, I was finally recognized for the skill I loved.  Now I hope to study photography in college and find a career in photography.”  Samantha’s other activities include playing on the TCHS Varsity Water Polo team and has received a Gold Award, the highest award possible from the Girl Scouts of  America.

Sophia Valderrama received accolades for her outstanding work in her Sports Medicine class.

“Taking this Sports Medicine class has allowed me to preview what my future career as an athletic trainer would be like.”   In this class I have learned the basic skills that all athletic trainers should know to help their athletes improve in their sport,” noted Sophia. “I have also learned vital life skills such as CPR training and first aid.  Most importantly it has motivated me to go to a university and pursue this as my career.”  Sophia is also enrolled in an ROP Culinary Arts class at Temple City High School.

Jake Ferntheil was recognized for his success in the Advanced Woods class. “The best thing about my ROP class is that it gave me the ability to create something useful with my own two hands,” explained Jake.  “Being able to make something that I need around the house like a shelf or a lamp is a great accomplishment.  Learning how to safely use all the tools have allowed me to create bowls, boxes, a shelf, or anything else out of wood. Another cool aspect is how many people want me to make something for them. Jake’s other interests at Temple City High School include being on the Football and Track Teams and playing in the TCHS Pride of Temple City Band.

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