Rose City Student Spotlight
Rose City High School - Student Spotlight
Rose City High School teachers, administration, and staff nominated students to be recognized for outstanding achievement in the areas listed on our ROSE Schoolwide Learning Outcomes.
These are the Students of the Month for FEBRUARY 2017:
Responsible Academic Learner: Kimberly Castorena
Kimberly was nominated by multiple teachers and staff members. Mr. Howard said, “Kim is earning an A+ in Math class, and she tutors other students.” She also had the highest grade in Mr. McNeely’s English class. When she was presented with the award, Kimberly said she felt “shocked and actually speechless.” She said that Rose City “is not the stereotype. They give you more opportunities, while in other schools you have to seek them out.”
Future Plans: Kimberly wants to move to Oregon and study to be a Nurse Practitioner.
Outstanding Communicator: Sean Lewis
When nominating Sean, Mr. Cruz said that “Sean is great at communicating his point of view. He is a clear and concise communicator.” Mr. Slominski said, “he is respectful when he shares his point of view.” Sean is proud to be recognized. He said, “I am confident in myself and I knew I could do this.” He said, “Rose City gives you the opportunity to make up your credits quickly.”
Future Plans: Sean wants to be an engineer in the Army. He plans to join the Army immediately after graduation.
Service Oriented Citizen: Denise Perez
Denise was nominated by several teachers and staff members. Mr. McNeely said, “Not only is she a great fundraiser, but Denise is also a leader for her committee in Student Leadership.” Denise said that winning this award made her “feel special, like I was making a difference.” She said that Rose City “is not what people think. It’s better than a regular high school.”
Future Plans: Denise wants to work in law enforcement. She plans on attending college right after graduation, and may work for the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
Effective 21st Century Leader: Isai Cardoso
Ms. Pringle nominated Isai for this award. She said, “Isai helps other students to troubleshoot issues with technology, and he is in charge of audio-visual displays for the journalism class. He also has all of the links to live-stream soccer games.” Isai said, “I was shocked and surprised that I won an award for something other than attendance.” He said that people should know that Rose City “is honestly one of the best schools, they pay more attention to you and give you more opportunities.”
Future Plans: Isai would like to be a psychologist, so he plans on attending a 4-year college and majoring in Psychology.
Effective 21st Century Leader: Hunter Smith
Mr. Tolosa said, “Hunter leads the class in discussions and always comes up with a correct answer. Whenever we do hands on activities he leads the class and tells them what to do. He has a good rapport with every student and doesn't hesitate to help them.” Hunter said that Rose City “is not as bad as people say it is, there are a lot of nice teachers. People make it seem like a negative school but it’s really not.”
Future Plans: Hunter would like to work in I.T. (Information Technology) and also study photography. He plans on working and attending college right after graduation.
These are the Students of the Month for December 2016:
Responsible Academic Learner: Hee Soo Jo
When nominating Hee Soo for this award, Mr. Cruz said that she “is unwavering in her commitment to excellence.” Hee Soo said that she “did not expect to be chosen for an award” and that people should know that Rose City “has very good counseling” and that Mrs. Cordeiro-Benson helps students prepare for college.
Future Plans: Hee Soo is going to attend Pasadena City College after graduation.
Outstanding Communicator: Pedro Gonzales
Pedro was nominated by multiple teachers. He said, “I didn’t really deserve this recognition but I am thankful to be chosen.” Ms. Obregon said, “Pedro is always ready and willing to participate in classroom discussions. He asks questions that enhance the learning objectives. Outside of class, he will often reach out to me or others to talk about meaningful things. He is interested in politics and subjects that most people his age are not. It is always refreshing to have a conversation with Pedro. He said, “Rose City has had a bad reputation but once you come here, it’s different. You get to communicate with new people and I love meeting new people.”
Future Plans: Pedro is planning to “study aeronautics and technology, and work on airplanes as a career.” Pedro’s hobbies are making and writing music.
Service Oriented Citizen: Luis Nava
When learning that he was chosen, Luis said, “I was shook. I am not used to receiving these type of things, but it’s a good feeling.” Ms. Pringle described Luis as “one of the most positive and helpful students I have.” Luis represented Rose City at meetings with the Language Assessment Development Department. He is the lead photographer for journalism, coaching other students on using the camera. Luis said, “People know [Rose City] by our old reputation but we are different now. Compared to other schools, I have had the best experience here.”
Future Plans: Luis plans to continue his studies at Pasadena City College and transfer to a four-year school to study computer science.
Service Oriented Citizen: Sean Lewis
When learning that he was chosen, Sean said, “I don’t win awards, so this was totally unexpected.” Ms. Wilma Ramirez said “Sean, is always willing to volunteer even when not asked and he goes beyond the call of duty with a pleasant smile.” Mrs. Kathleen Saxton added, “He often would help others when he was in my class and I see him encouraging others to get involved in activities here on campus. He has blossomed.” Sean said, “I came to Rose City and I just do what I’m supposed to do.”
Future Plans: Sean plans to join the U.S. Army after high school.
Effective 21st Century Leader: James Arellano Murphy
James said, “I felt proud of myself and I loved all the comments everyone said. I felt accomplished.” Mr. Michael McNeely said, “James consistently completes research projects through a superb use of technology. In addition, he has also mastered all the Chromebook applications used in class and tutored other students in the use of those applications.” He said, “Rose City is a school that could help you if you take the opportunity and the time.”
Future Plans: After graduation, James plans to continue working in movie theaters and earn scholarships to pay for college.
Effective 21st Century Leader: Arianna Wright
“This was a good surprise!” said Arianna. When nominating Arianna, Ms. Wilma Ramirez said, “Arianna has the determination to succeed whether those around her are not. She is focused and does not seek attention however, she likes to encourage to stay on task.” She said “This is not like every other school. If you believe you can do it, you can do it here.”
Future Plans: After graduation, she plans to earn her associate's degree and work in dentistry.
These are the Students of the Month for November 2016:
Responsible Academic Learner: Luis Velasco
When nominating Luis for this award, Mr. McNeely said, “Luis consistently strives to maintain the highest grade in every class I have had him in. In fact, he usually has the top grade in the entire class as well as the highest grade for all my classes.” Luis said that he was “proud to be chosen” and that Rose City “helps students that are behind on credits get on track and go to college faster.”
Future Plans: He is going to attend community college after graduation.
Outstanding Communicator: Derricka Johnson
Derricka was nominated for both Outstanding Communicator and Service-Oriented Citizen by multiple teachers. Ms. Lopez said that Derricka “is very proactive and involved with students’ concerns and will voice them out during Student Leadership Board meetings. She participates in community events and helps distribute information.” Derricka said, “Rose City is amazing. Everyone truly cares about you and they want you to be the best version of you.”
Future Plans: She is planning to continue her education in college and eventually become a sign-language interpreter.
Service Oriented Citizen: Guadalupe Villegas
When learning that she was chosen, Guadalupe said, “I was surprised that I had the opportunity to be nominated.” Ms. Sander said, “When [Guadalupe] struggles with something and is able to figure it out, she will help anyone else if she notices they are dealing with the same struggle she dealt with.” Guadalupe said, “Rose City is a great place for a second chance for success.” Guadalupe is a Red Cross service volunteer for the Rose Parade.
Future Plans: She plans to join the military after high school.
Effective 21st Century Leader: Nelson Vasquez
“Nelson uses the four Cs of the Graduate Profile on a consistent basis, especially in his critical thinking skills when answering questions in class,” said Mr. McNeely. Ms. Collins said, “Nelson is a risk taker and is willing to try new technological apps to improve and present his work.” Nelson said “If you are in a bad spot, Rose City is here to help you.”
Future Plans: After graduation, he plans to go to college and start his own business to help his parents.
These are the Student of the Month Recipients for October 2016.
Responsible Academic Learner: Barbara Lemoh
Barbara was so successful in her studies that she graduated early, at the end of first quarter.
Outstanding Communicator: Yashua Haggerty
Yashua was chosen because of his positive collaboration and contributions to class discussion. He earned a solid A in Ms. Pringle’s English class. Yashua said, “[Rose City] is a cool place and you can finish your credits faster if you are motivated.”
Future Plans: Yashua plans on going directly to university to study Mechanical Engineering. He studies mixed martial arts and would like to become a professional fighter in the UFC.
Service Oriented Citizen: Moriah Vega
When learning that she was chosen, Moriah said, “I felt so happy and supported.” Ms. Wilma Ramirez said, “Moriah is always compelled to tell me of where volunteer help is needed and why.” Moriah said, “I think people should know that the kids [at Rose City] are good and shouldn’t be categorized as bad because they did poorly in school before.”
Future Plans: Moriah plans to continue her education after high school. Her main interest is Environmental Studies.
Effective 21st Century Leader: Iana Samuel
When asked what people should know about Rose City High School, Iana said, “there are more opportunities for students.” She was chosen for this award because she uses these opportunities to better herself. Mr. Tolosa said, “She's one of my top students in class. Iana collaborates with others, does her work and she is very concerned with her progress.”
Future Plans: Iana wants to attend culinary school and study business, eventually opening and running her own restaurant.