June 2016

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June 2016 Stories

  • Presenting the Class of 2016: Ready, Global, and Savvy

    The story of the graduating Class of 2016 is both a collection of individual tales and a narrative about today’s Pasadena Unified, and the remarkable turnaround of its high schools. The achievements and accolades won by the Class of 2016 reflect the bold new vision of Pasadena public high schools - and give notice that it’s not business as usual in this school district.

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  • Mariah Dimalaluan, Blair High School Class of 2016

    Blair High School graduate Mariah Dimalaluan is headed to Harvard University to study biomedical engineering. The International Baccalaureate diploma candidate says that the academically-challenging program with a global approach taught her to become a better writer and a better student because she studied subjects like Biology in depth.

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  • David Vega, John Muir High School Class of 2016

    Fun-loving, adventurous and energetic, David Cruz won academic honors, a Seal of Biliteracy, and is now headed off to study geology in college. His experience at John Muir High School’s Engineering and Environmental Science Academy blended AP classes with Capoeira and Generation Green.

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  • Elena Carrillo, Marshall Fundamental Class of 2016

    For top student Elena Carrillo, choosing a college came down to asking some smart questions: which school has the best program in her major, and would she have a strong system of support when she got there?

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  • Andrew Ochola, Pasadena High School Class of 2016

    This young scholar’s future is inspired by his grandfather and his father’s determination and vision. After college, the pre-med major plans to work in developing countries to prevent or control illnesses like the one that took his grandfather’s life.

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  • Daniel Lopez, Center for Independent Studies Class of 2016

    This year, Daniel Lopez represented the State of California at a national health leadership academy in Washington, D.C. He also graduated from the Center for Independent Studies. He’s on his way to realizing his dream of becoming a physician, just like his father before him.

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  • PUSD Alumnus: Stanford Junior Carlos Valladares

    Blair High School Class of 2014’s Carlos Valladares is a rising junior at Stanford University, where he is majoring in film and American Studies. The International Baccalaureate Diploma bearer is fluent in three languages and hopes to parlay his interests in writing and movies into a career as a film journalist.

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  • Partnering for the Future

    To develop its graduate profile, Pasadena Unified sought community-wide input during the development of the strategic plan in 2010. That deliberate approach to engaging the community has now deepened into formal partnerships with local institutions to enhance the PUSD student experience.

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  • It’s a Superpower! How to Get Your Kids into their Dream College

    How to get your kids into their dream college? It’s simple, really: Know and nurture your child’s superpower(s). Mo Hyman from College Access Plan should know: she’s been helping hundreds of Pasadena-area kids get into their top colleges since 2006.

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