Bryant Perez entered Whittier High School with four Ds and two Fs listed on his final eighth-grade report card. Academic challenges coupled with behavioral difficulties provided little hope of him reaching graduation. But during his freshman year, Bryant was automatically placed in intervention classes and paired with a peer mentor during the school’s inaugural year of the Academic Mentor program, which provides support to at-risk students.
Ushering in the holidays with music ranging from uplifting classical works to fun Christmas favorites, the choirs of Whittier Union’s five comprehensive high schools celebrated the season during the District’s annual Choral Festival on Dec. 4. Choral ensembles from California, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools performed their pieces and received critiques from this year’s adjudicator, Dr. Iris Levine, an award-winning composer and conductor and Cal Poly Pomona’s Music Department Chair.
Surrounded by coaches, family and friends, California High School varsity softball player Jessika Jaime signed her scholarship letter to play the sport she lovingly devoted her entire childhood to. Jessika, who has been playing softball since she was 5 years old, signed her letter of intent to join the Siena Saints softball program at Siena College, a private Division I university in Albany County, New York. D-I schools are the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the country.