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“Intelligence plus character... that is the goal of true education.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

LILA Celebrates Students During the Safer at Home Order

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hen it comes to honoring its students, “by any means necessary” might as well be the motto for the International School of Los Angeles. When faced with the COVID-19 global pandemic in late March, LILA moved all classroom instruction to remote e-Learning as its campuses closed to students. Now, with the end of the school year looming, reimagined graduation ceremonies have become the main focus. As Head of School Michael Maniska states: “Graduation is a significant rite of passage in the life of a young person. Despite the strictures of the day, it seemed terribly important for us to do something memorable for our students of the class of 2020.” The class of 2020 has continued the trend of excellent college admissions at LILA: 75% of seniors who applied to

universities received 53 acceptances to a “Top 100 Global University” (U.S. News & World Report). To honor the 29 graduating students, LILA hosted a virtual ceremony featuring, among others, speeches from the head of school, the French Consulate, many members of the faculty and staff, campus director Anneli Harvey, French baccalauréat valedictorian Zeina Hassan, International Baccalaureate valedictorian Jillian Seitz, and student council co-President Francis Barreau. In addition, students participated in LILA’s first drive-in graduation ceremony. For a multilingual and multicultural community like LILA’s, maintaining close-knit ties is an unchanging priority, the need for which resonates even more deeply in today’s context.

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Flintridge Sacred Heart Shines ASB Board President: Georgia Kisob, ‘20 Vice President: Olivia Spina, ‘20 Comm. of Boarding/ASB Rep: Jiayi Jenny Wang, ‘20 Campus Minister: Janna De Vera, ‘20 Secretary: Jocelle Lauron, ‘20 Treasurer: Kristen Asmar, ‘20 Comm. of Activities: Greta Coontz, ‘20 Katrina Manaloto Valedictorian

Kristen Asmar Salutatorian

Associated Student Body board members

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Class of 2020 includes (in alphabetical order) Caitlyn Adams, Sofia Algorri, Emily Amirian, Nicole Ariki, Kristen Asmar, Catherine Bauer, Lindsey Beck, Lauren Bolte, Brianna Bronson, Caroline Chase,Yanjie Chen, Zunyi Chen, Francesca Christensen, Emma Condit, Margaret Coontz, Natalia Cruz, Emily Cupo, Leni Dai, Cerys Davies, Janna De Vera, Riley DeJardin, Ferryn Drake, Alexandra Ehrhart, Natalie Felikian, Isabella Gandarilla, Xinning Gao, Emily Giesler, Dominique Godinez, Samantha Godinez, Emily Gomez,Yuqi Gong, Qi Guan, Sarah Hanks, Madeleine Hara, Kysa Hayashi, Manami Hayashi, Chase Hayes, Kiara Hosseinion, Hillary Howard, Christine Huston, Natalie Isaghulian, Grace Italia, Elisa Jimenez, Jaden Jones, Margaret Kalaw, Carmen Kelley, Darcy Kelley, Georgia Kisob, Ann Krappman, Liliana Labellarte, Jocelle Marie Lauron, Brianna Layseca, Abigail Lewis, Eleanor Li, Aili Lin, Aiqi Long, Lea Lopez, Izabel Mah y Busch, Katrina Manaloto, Celine Moradi, Shiyi Mu, Elle Nawrocki, Lauren Nettels, Nicole Noriega, Francesca Norton, Emilie Nunn, Olivia Partamian, Sarah Peck, Christina Perasso, Olivia Pieterse, Madeline Placido, Liza Pyle, Hailey Ramos, Lia Ramos, Brynne Richardson, Emilie Risha, Olivia Roginson, Elizabeth Rosenberger, Claire Schmidt, Hannah Sobota, Olivia Spina, Camryn Steele, Catherine Sullivan, Meghan Sullivan, Kaitlyn Thomas, Quinlan Van de Voorde, Jiayi Wang, Jenna Webster, Lilian Welwood, Madeline Williams, Meihan Wu,Yu Wu, Jiayue Xia, Huanqi Yang, Julia Yellen, Qing Yu,Yajun Yuan, Zoe Zarifes, Ziyan Zhang, Catherine Ziegler and Alexandra Zuch.


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Providence Class of 2020 Honored at Campus

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embers of the 61st graduating class of Providence High School were celebrated at a recent “Drive-Thru Memory Lane.” They donned caps and gowns and participated with members of their families in a vehicle parade through a decorated campus. All 96 seniors received surprise gifts along with their diploma covers; diplomas are sent out after graduation. Providence implemented its remote learning curriculum on March 16 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and after that students did not miss a day of instruction. Academic accommodations and adjustments were made so students could complete the school year remotely. School leaders made the decision to maintain and publish letter grades on transcripts for all students instead of adopting a pass/fail system. The class of 2020 had a 100% graduation rate. Mariam Ebrahimi was named valedictorian, and Crystal Sanrow salutatorian. Sanrow also was the recipient of the Mother Joseph Award, while Angelo Vitug received the Spirit Award and Gregory Simitian was honored with the Christian Service Award. Providence’s administration includes Head of School Scott McLarty, Assistant Head of School Allison Castro, Dean of Students Ernest Sly and Dean of Studies Kerry Martin.

Mariam Ebrahimi

Crystal Sanrow

Greg Simitian

Angelo Vitug

Congratulations CLASS OF 2020 Nareh Agazaryan Sam Alskaf Hamik Arakelyan Enrico Arambulo Liana Artunian Narek Arzumanyan Katherine Asaryan Elen Avetisyan Amanda Bin Sofie Bystritsky Kaitlyn Casupanan Evan Cave Chrissy Cedeno Giovanni Cereijo Emily Collins Rebecca Cox Dennse Cruz Melinda Culpepper Andrew Dabbaghian Lucas Daquino James D’Atri Ryan Davis Rozy Dimapilis Katie Dinh

Abby Donnelly Bridget Du Victoria Duke-Mariscal Mariam Ebrahimi Krystyn Fajardo Frederick Feitshans Michael Garcia Lilit Garibyan Anahit Gevorgyants Elizabeth Goodin Zachary Greenfield Carissa Guardado Vea Guillermo Colin Hancock Jessie Hayano Avery Hines Sean Hulne Veronica Hunstable Zoe Jaeger Michael Joanou Julia Karamanukyan Chris Kelamyan Haley Laca A’Jahni Levias

Isabella Mahan-Mesa Alexus Malabanan Amanda Malijan Matthew Marcelo Gerald Martin Logan McHugh Liam McKenna Gigi Mitjans Genesis Molina Ariana Molski Ethan Morgan Enrique Nazario Lily Olson Alejandra Ortega Saskia Pedersen Arath Pedroza-Alberto Diego Pieragostino Isabela Pinal Natalia Polo Riley Posadas David Power Brigitta Rahme Victoria Ramos Adrian Ramos

Anton Reyes Melanie Ruiz Michael Rustom Crystal Sanrow Jacob Santua Watsuzo Sasaki Alex Saviola Sydney Sayoc Jordan Shelley Greg Simitian Nadia Singleton Kimberly Smithson Lauren Sorenson Marie Sukunyan Connor Sweeney Mina Tadros Julian Tapia Jennifer Tolentino Mason Vaughan Sophia Vicario Angel Villarreal Angelo Vitug Bryce Whitaker Elizabeth Wooster


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Monterey Principal Praises Grads’ ‘Richness of Character’

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t Monterey High School, it says “A Second Chance for Success” above the door. It’s our humble response to the challenges we all face as we navigate life. It’s as true for me as it is for our students. Every day I have the opportunity to learn, grow, bounce back from any mistakes I made yesterday and put my best foot forward today. Some have questioned the motto above the door, having a negative reading as it relates to admitting that you failed at your first chance for success. We don’t see it that way. Our student body, our staff, our school culture has a refreshing humility and authenticity. That culture has never been more perfectly captured by a graduating class. Life threw them curveballs. They didn’t stop hacking. The grit they developed over time prepared them for this mo-

ment. A pandemic during your senior year, online graduation, Zoom classes, no prom … Talk about some curveballs! How did they respond? With gratitude toward their teachers. With understanding for each other. With hope for the future. With passion for the marginalized. With humility and authenticity. When you’ve been through some things, it develops a richness of character that exposes itself during the most difficult times. That richness has been on display during this stretch run to the finish line. It makes me incredibly proud to be the principal at Monterey High School. I send out this group of graduates with hope in my heart for what their and our next chapter will look like." David Guyer Principal, Monterey High School and Magnolia Park School

Congratulations CLASS OF 2020 Kimberly Alcaraz Jessie Alvarenga Elijah Alvarez-Metzinger Chantal Azri Jonah Beres Dixie Brunelle Mario Cordero Trinity Coreas Alyssa Dawson Zaldivar Anthony DeJesus Rodrigo DeSouza Hailey Dougherty Tristen Duque Obed Estrada

Melanie Estiban Ethion Flores- Diaz Samari Fuentealba Pineda Jennee Gonzales Andre Haddad Niamh Heatherington Emma Hopkins Crystal Hopper Vianney Ibarra Karla Jovel-Posada Alex Kanakaryan James Kassenborg Arthur Keshishyan Mace Koenig

Ethan Lucas Samantha Lujan Hailie Macias Olivia Manjarrez Andrew Masferrer Jasmine Matori Pearl McArdle Dominique McRae Christopher Moreno Melissa Morlet Amina Obozova Michelle Ortiz Briana Ramirez Manuel Ramirez

Gavino Reyes Andres Rocha Gonzalo Salazar Me’Lady Sampson Nikola Saric Keily Simokovic Tyler Smith William Stern Bella Tokareva Eduardo Valeria Jadrien Vassaux Emerie Weiss Liana Youredjian


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