When Janice Palapa enrolled at Frontier High School as a junior in August 2016, she was far behind in her school credits, in low spirits and planned to stay only for as long as it took her to get back on track to graduate. Since then, Palapa has marched in the 2017 Rose Bowl Parade as a Gold Award Girl Scout and joined the school’s Associated Student Body while earning a full school year of credits in just one semester. Instead of leaving Frontier, Palapa will proudly walk as an FHS class of 2018 graduate.
California High School student Hannah Ridge loved to sing from the moment she joined the children’s church choir. It has since turned into a passionate calling that has led her to spend countless hours practicing her skills and perfecting her craft as a member of the Cal High Chamber Choir. She is now poised to share the stage with professional vocalists in one of the most elite women’s choruses in the country. Ridge was one of three high school vocalists recently selected to participate in the Choral Scholar Program for Vox Femina, a nationally acclaimed professional women’s choir based in Los Angeles.
Frontier High School recently celebrated its golden anniversary with a field day for students and a reunion for former principals who reminisced about their years leading Whittier Union’s continuation school to help students overcome challenges to reach their dreams. Former administrators who attended the May 5 event included Gabe Moorman, Tom Roberts, Carlye Olsen and inaugural principal Merv Bloom.
Four Santa Fe High School seniors who have juggled personal challenges with academic excellence are celebrating being selected as Dell Scholars for 2017, earning a collective $80,000 in scholarships to complete their post-secondary education. Jesus Muneton, who will attend UCLA to pursue a career in chemical engineering; Isaac Zarate, who is heading to UC Irvine to study political science; Nicolas Mabey, who will study business at UCLA; and Angie Torres, who will explore math at UC San Diego, will each receive $20,000.
La Serna High School junior Elizabeth Islas will venture to Washington D.C. to see her award-winning drawing on display in the U.S. Capitol after taking the top prize at the 38th District for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, a national contest that recognizes and encourages artistic talent among high schoolers from across the country.