Paramount High Class of 2018 Graduates Named National AP Scholars
Two Paramount High School Class of 2018 graduates were recently named National AP Scholars by the College Board for academic excellence. Fernanda Corona and Raymond Rosales were recognized for averaging 4.0 or higher on all of their Advanced Placement tests and 4.0 or higher on eight exams throughout the school year. Corona was Paramount High’s class valedictorian and is now attending Duke University. In December 2017, Paramount Unified was recognized as an AP Honor Roll school district by the College Board for boosting access to AP courses to a broader number of students while maintaining or improving AP exam rates. Photos are available.
Paramount Unified Educator Recognized for Digital Citizenship Education
Nancy Rivas, Paramount Unified’s curriculum specialist of instructional technology, is one of eight educators across the U.S. recognized for creating digitally accessible lesson plans on online security skills, communication and safety. Rivas was honored by Schoology, which provides the digital classroom management tool. Schoology asked for the lessons as part of a Digital Citizenship Challenge focused on promoting better digital citizenship among students by tackling issues like internet safety, privacy and cyberbullying.
Paramount Unified to Dedicate New STEM High School
Paramount Unified teachers, parents and community members will gather to dedicate the District’s new Odyssey STEM Academy, a high school launching in fall with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. The event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Paramount Mayor Diane Martinez and Lakewood Mayor Diane DuBois will be among the speakers. Odyssey is at 3701 Michelson St., Lakewood.
Four students from Paramount High School were honored for heroic actions by Mayor Diane Martinez during a June 19 Paramount City Council meeting. Fernando Melgar, Gabriel Orozco, Juan Garza and Anthony Farias were commended with certificates of recognition from the mayor for assisting injured students during a car accident in March. The injured students were treated and released from a local hospital.
Paramount Unified Student-Athletes Receive Division I Scholarships
Five Paramount High School student-athletes will continue their paths of excellence in the classroom and on the field when they attend colleges with Division I scholarships this fall. Gymnast Sekai Wright is heading to UCLA, softball standout Brooke Moeai will attend Montana State, soccer player Oscar Sierra is heading to California State University, Dominguez Hills, while twins Ty’Rese and Ty’Rhae Gibson will play football at Montana State.
Karina Cortes Garcia walked through a crowded Paramount High School gymnasium on May 24, proudly holding a certificate that displayed her college destination of the University of California, Berkeley. Garcia was one of nearly 370 college-bound seniors who gathered for University Celebration Day, which honored students for their acceptance to four-year universities. The group shared lunch and memories as PHS staff recognized each by name and awarded them with congratulatory certificates.
Nearly 1,000 Paramount High School seniors accepted their diplomas during an evening ceremony on June 7. The celebration featured speeches by salutatorian Armando Alexis Torres, valedictorian Fernanda Corona and Superintendent Dr. Ruth Pérez. The school’s band and choir performed during the ceremony, held in Paramount’s 6,000-seat stadium.
Roosevelt Elementary Students to Learn Future Possibilities at Career Day
Local leaders and professionals will give Roosevelt Elementary School students a glimpse into potential career paths during the annual Career Day at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 31 on campus, 10835 Mallison Ave., Lynwood. Roosevelt students will hear from professionals in the medical field, as well as public servicemen and women while taking part in demonstrations that simulate careers.
Paramount High School senior Noah Endo captured first place in the 40th Congressional District’s 25th annual Student Art Competition held by U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard. Endo won a $1,000 scholarship, $200 for art supplies and a trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent to attend the national exhibit opening. Endo was honored for his piece, titled “A Growing Threat,” created with color pencil, marker and pen. Fellow senior Susana Muñoz took third place, earning a $500 scholarship and $150 for art supplies. Photos are available.
Abraham Lincoln and Wesley Gaines elementary schools were named to the 2017-18 California Honor Roll for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement while closing achievement gaps. The Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence present the annual honor, which includes a banner to display at each campus.