Rowland Unified School District

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Principal for a Day Scholarship Winners from RHS, NHS, Santana and RACE

2016 Principal for a Day Scholarship Recipients

The following Rowland Unified students were awarded $400 scholarships from local business and community leaders at the Principal for a Day event on Wednesday, March 16. Congratulations to our scholarship winners!

John A. Rowland High School - America Quemada 

America’s favorite subject in school is English because it is a subject that comes easy to her and she understands the power of speech and the written word.    After high school, America plans to attend a local college and major in Psychology.   She plans to become a teacher and nothing would make her happier than to come back to Rowland High School as a teacher.   America keeps busy with service clubs like Key Club and Interact, not to mention ASB.  Activities include feeding the homeless, community beautification, and planning and organizing event on campus and out in the community. 

Nogales High School - Eddy Gonzalez 

Eddy Gonzalez is an incredible young man who has taken the most rigorous classes offered at Nogales High School. He has earned a 4.4 weighted GPA. While Eddy is already fluent in Spanish, he has taken four years of French, thus earning the RUSD Bilingual Medal. Eddy’s favorite class is IB HL Biology; he enjoys the advanced concepts and ideas, and the focus on the future of Planet Earth. Eddy has a twin sister in the Senior class, and they were both part of the Junior Honor Guard at last year’s graduation. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and will be a California Scholarship Federation Seal bearer. Along with his academic classes, Eddy is excelling in our Accounting program, and enjoys tutoring his peers. His goal is to attend Cal Poly Pomona and become an architect with a minor in Business, and he has already been accepted to Cal Poly for Fall 2016. Eddy is also a member of our varsity track team and a Peer Helper in our office.

Santana High School - Christopher Hassan Lewis

Chris Lewis graduated from SHS at the end of the Fall Semester and is currently enrolled at Rio Hondo CC in their Fire Academy program.  During his time at SHS, Chris was an officer in our ASB and served as ASB president for the fall semester and Chief Vampire-in-charge for our Red Cross Blood Drives.  Last year under Chris’ leadership, SHS students donated more paints of blood than any other continuation high school in the state.   Chris was also our school’s spokesperson to the Board of Trustee of the RUSD.  Chris brought a sincerity and charm to student reports that endeared him to the board and audience each month and his personality bloomed while at Santana.

Chris was active in the LA County Fire Department Cadet program.  He was selected as a 2015 Cadet of the year and was an honor graduate from the Cadet Fire Academy program.  If you haven’t guessed Chris is pursuing his dream to become a LA County firefighter.  He has a plan, a purpose and we believe strongly that he will achieve success on his mission and serve as a leader, role model and mentor to others who will come after him.

La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Center at Rowland High School – Rebekah Paerels

Rebekah Paerels is a remarkable young lady. She attends the Child Care Occupation class at Rowland High School. For the past two years, Rebekah has volunteered almost every day, after school in the Pre-School. Rebekah is an extremely mature, polite, and respectful person. She has an impressive list of extra-curricular activities, such as hockey, member of the California Scholarship Federation, studies French, and is a member of the Key Club.

Rowland Adult & Community Education - Consuelo Ramirez 

Consuelo Ramirez is an intelligent, caring, hardworking young lady. She attended Nogales High School but had to drop out. Consuelo will graduate this May and plans on attending Rio Hondo College and major in Business Retail. She would like one day to open her own clothing store. She has worked at Macy’s, Allstate Insurance and a produce company. Her hobby is tennis, reading and watching movies. Consuelo volunteers at her church feeding and caring for the homeless.

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