by: Myrna Aquitania
Graduation Day is a day to celebrate ones dreams – where theyve been, what their aspirations are and most of all, where they are at the present time…it is a celebration of all their hard work, accomplishments and their path to success. Here are some of these distinguished graduates and their achievements.
Sarah Nobleza, was born here in California and she will be graduating as class Salutatorian from the Stephen White Middle School in Carson next week. Her proud parents, Joe and Irma Nobleza hail from La Union and Pampanga provinces in the Philippines. Sarah received the 2013 Presidential Award of Excellence from President Obama and she also received certificates and medals of Excellence in Social Studies and History from her school as well.
Today, Lawrence C. Ochoa graduates from Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills. He was featured in Alemanys yearbook as the recipient of the schools Nobel Prize for promoting the spirit of peace and collaboration within the school. He was also voted as this years Homecoming King. Lawrence is the youngest son of Cecile and Dante Ochoa of North Hollywood..
This week, 12-year old Los Angeles-born Crystal Lyn Dela Cruz also graduates from Sixth Grade at the Glenoaks Elementary School in Glendale. She hopes to go to Wilson Junior High School next year. She is an active athletic member of the Two Guys From Italy softball team and a hip hop dancer with the Young Skulls Crew of Torrance. She is the daughter of Christian and Kristine (Lleva) Dela Cruz.
Academic achiever Christopher Paniagua, 16 ends his junior year from the Upland High School as a Principals Honor Roll lister with straight A grades and earning a GPA of 4.17. Chris also received the HEF (Highlander Education Foundation) award given by the booster club of the Upland Unified School District, for outstanding academics. Christopher is the younger son of Carlos and Mitos Paniagua.
Dwight Sales, who currently lives in San Pedro Laguna was a burned victim in Manila six years ago and was brought here briefly by this writer for his medical treatment sponsored by the Childrens Burn Foundation. He recently graduated as a fourth honor in seventh grade from the San Pedro Elementary School. Dwight also received the following awards: Most Attentive, Most Responsible Most Diligent and Most Courteous. He is the grandson of Olivia Mangibin-Sales.
In one of his sonnets, Shakespeare has said look what is best, that best I wish in thee; this wish I have, then ten times happy me.
To all these graduates and achievers, may all your dreams come true!