Class of 2018 Spotlight: Bell High sending two Gates Scholarship winners to the Ivy League

Class of 2018 Spotlight: Bell High sending two Gates Scholarship winners to the Ivy League

Above, from left, Bell High School Principal Rafael Balderas, students Ailene Torres, Beatrice Castillo and Magnet Coordinator Mario Apodaca. The tweet that Principal Rafael L. Balderas posted about two of his graduates read like a message a proud parent would write:...
Class of 2018 Spotlight: Chavez Academy graduate fulfilling parents’ higher-education dreams

Class of 2018 Spotlight: Chavez Academy graduate fulfilling parents’ higher-education dreams

Above, Rachel Ochoa plans to major in international relations at Stanford University, with a long-range goal of becoming an international lawyer. Having abandoned their own higher-ed dreams when they emigrated from Mexico as teens, Rachel Ochoa’s parents long drilled...
Class of 2018 Spotlight: Music and passion launch career of Venice High grad

Class of 2018 Spotlight: Music and passion launch career of Venice High grad

Above, Venice High senior Kiev Morales is a professional musician who frequently performs on the Santa Monica Pier. (Photo courtesy of Kiev Morales.) This is part of a series of stories about outstanding graduates of the Class of 2018.   It’s late spring, and...