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Designer Dreams Come True for Telesis Girls - Feature in San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Designer dreams come true for Telesis Teens in West Covina

Telesis Academy eighth-graders, from left, Flor Pulido, Isela Serafin, Olivia Sparks, Emily Morales, Sirena Garcia, Gisela Garcia and Giselle Valentin in their dresses donated by fashion store BCBG MaxAzria. Photo by Gina Ward

The school year ended with a big surprise for eighth graders at the Telesis Academy of Science and Math in West Covina this week.

The Rowland Unified students were very excited about the big eighth-grade awards night and dance on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Especially the young women attending the semi-formal dance being held in the Telesis “cafe.”

Ten were shocked when the academy gave them free designer dresses for their achievements over the past year.

“We wanted to reward them for all their hard work this year. They overcame some big obstacles and blossomed into great young women,” said Principal Miriam Kim.

Through her contacts, Kim met someone at the BCBG MaxAzria store. The retailer, which has stores in Pasadena and Commerce, agreed to donate 10 dresses.

“These are designer dresses that our students usually couldn’t afford. Celebrities wear them. We were thrilled with their generosity,” Kim said.

Assistant Principal Johan Schmitz said the students were selected by their teachers for improving the most in character and academics.

“I wanted to show them that good things will happen to them when they do well in life,” Kim explained. Click HERE for entire story!

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