"We don't always get what we wish for, but we get what we work for." -Dr. Michael Durnil, Simon Youth Foundation
On Thursday, June 11th, the Huntington Beach Adult School hosted its 2015 graduation ceremonies at the Ocean View High School gym. School board members, faculty, staff and community partners joined proud family members and friends to celebrate the bright futures ahead for our graduates.
[caption id="attachment_18691" align="alignleft" width="400"] Randi Preis receives a big check from the Simon Youth Foundation.[/caption]
After Principal Steve Curiel commended all of the HBAS Diploma Program students for surpassing obstacles to reach their goals, he recognized a few students for special achievements. Certificates of Excellence were given to Ashley Rodriguez (English), Gladys Urias (Social Science), Delainey Lytle, Alisha Myers and Lindsey Van Herk (Math). Alisha Myers was also recognized for Outstanding Performance after finishing the equivalent of 9 classes in one semester.
Several students received financial scholarships to support their continued education. The Huntington Beach Administrators Association recognized Isela Gracia, while Schools First gave awards to Ashley Rodriguez, Yajhaira Perez and Cecilia Pineda.
With a starring role at HBAS this year, the Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) also took center stage at the graduation. Principal Curiel described how the Foundation's generous support enabled the HBAS to "build a brand new Leaning Center at the Westminster Mall for our students to study and learn in." SYF President Dr. Durnil was on hand to celebrate all of the graduates, and to present a scholarship to Randi Preis. Randi will put this award to good use when she starts the Physical Therapy Aide Program at Cerritos College this fall.
[caption id="attachment_18685" align="alignright" width="280"] A pharmacy tech graduate is officially pinned![/caption]
As each diploma recipient was announced, the audience heard some of their plans for the future. Career aspirations include criminal justice, oceanography, marketing, computer science, child development and dermatology. Some graduates will continue their education at schools like Golden West College, Orange Coast College, Coastline Community College and UC Irvine. Following in the footsteps of several past graduates, Jazmin Claseca will transition from the diploma program straight into the HBAS Medical Assistant Program.
Once our diploma recipients had moved their tassels to the left, we moved on to the Pinning Ceremony for Career Technical Education (CTE). Instructors from the Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant and Medical Billing & Coding Programs reflected on their students' determination to get through the rigorous, fast-paced coursework. Graduates gave a standing ovation to their families and friends, whose support helped them make it through many long hours and late nights over the past several months. After receiving certificates, pins and embraces from their instructors, our CTE students are officially ready to embark on their new career paths.
The 2015 graduation ceremonies honored students and...