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West Covina Unified School District

  • West Covina Unified Student Pursues Dream of Founding Medical Startup

    A senior in Edgewood High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, inspired to seek new academic and professional challenges, has won a coveted award that will help her launch the startup company SafeDetect. EHS senior Vanessa Li – working with a team of two UC Berkeley bioengineering students and a data scientist – co-created a simple, discreet and efficient way to test for HIV during the MIT San Francisco Grand Hack event held this fall. Their efforts captured third place in their track and secured a UC San Francisco Rosenman Institute Prize, which provides resources to help winners patent their products, pitch to investors and launch startups.

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  • Mt. SAC Early College Academy Freshmen to Present Solutions to Environmental Issues

    Freshmen from West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy will present weeks of research during the school’s second annual Environmental Solutions Fair, highlighting the effects of plastic pollution on Steller sea lion, elephant poaching, ghost net fishing, pollinator decline, cyanide fishing, the endangerment of sea turtles and more. Students built presentations consisting of a series of cross-curricular assignments, including research papers, art projects created with recycled materials and public service announcements.

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  • West Covina Unified Student Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

    Brandon Lam, a senior at West Covina Unified’s Edgewood High School, received an Honorable Mention from the National Merit Scholarship program for achieving stellar scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of the 1.6 million students who took the exam, Lam was one of 50,000 to be recognized. Lam, who holds a weighted 4.6 GPA, explores his love of the arts through Edgewood’s International Baccalaureate dance program and is an avid volunteer in campus clubs.

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West Covina Unified Prepares Students for Higher Education at Annual College Fair

West Covina Unified students and their parents began planning the first steps toward higher education at the fifth annual District College Fair, held Oct. 2 at West Covina High School. Representatives from nearly 40 colleges and universities answered questions about program offerings, admission and financial aid information for students and their families. Breakout sessions staggered throughout the three-hour event covered such topics as selecting the right school, and NCAA eligibility and scholarships.

West Covina Unified to Hold College Financial Aid Info Nights

West Covina Unified will hold a series of financial aid information nights for students and families, providing presentations on the process and assistance with financial aid applications. West Covina High School will hold a session from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the Bulldog Café, 1609 E. Cameron Ave., West Covina. Edgewood High will host a session from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Pride Café, 1625 W. Durness St., West Covina.

West Covina Unified Educator Named an LA County Teacher of the Year

Orangewood Elementary School kindergarten teacher Karla Toledo has been recognized as one of 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year. Toledo, an International Baccalaureate and Spanish Dual Language Immersion teacher, was previously named West Covina Unified’s 2019 Teacher of the Year in her second year in the District. Photos are available.

West Covina Unified to Hold 5th Annual District College Fair

West Covina Unified School District will hold its fifth annual District College Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, providing students, families and community members of all ages with resources on the opportunities that await after high school. Nearly 40 colleges, universities and military representatives will offer information about college offerings, admission, enrollment and more. The event, which will also feature breakout sessions on admissions topics, will be at West Covina High School, 1609 E. Cameron Ave., West Covina.

West Covina Unified’s Early College Academy to Hold Info Session

West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy will hold an information session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, providing families with details about the benefits of attending West Covina Unified’s flagship dual-enrollment public high school. Academy students can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and up to two years of free, transferable college credit. Students from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are eligible to apply. Mt. SAC Early College Academy is at 2226 E. Rio Verde Drive, West Covina.

West Covina Unified Student Named to Under-20 National Soccer Team

West Covina High School senior Madison Perez has been selected to play center back for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, which develops players in preparation for the senior women’s national team. Perez joined 19 other players for training camp from Aug. 24 to Sept. 1 at the Elite Athlete Training Center, where the team faced off against the Japan U-20 Women’s National Team in two matches.

West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy to Hold Info Session for Families

West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy will hold its first information session of the 2019-20 year at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, providing details about the benefits of attending West Covina Unified’s flagship dual-enrollment public high school. Academy students can earn a high school diploma and up to two years of free, transferable college credit simultaneously. Students from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are eligible to apply. Mt. SAC Early College Academy is at 2226 E. Rio Verde Drive, West Covina.

West Covina Unified Student Excels in Purdue Summer Science Program

Edgewood High School student Vanessa Li was one of 35 students across the country selected to conduct biochemistry research at Purdue University through its Summer Science Program, using wet lab techniques and modeling software to study an enzyme from a fungal pathogen and designing a small molecule inhibitor to protect crops from the fungus. The highly selective program featured 39 days of hands-on, collaborative experimental research, mentorship from university professors and tours of local scientific and cultural sites.

West Covina Unified’s Early College Academy to Hold Info Session

West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy will hold its first information session of the 2019-20 year at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, providing families with details about the benefits of attending West Covina Unified’s flagship dual-enrollment public high school. Academy students can earn a high school diploma and up to two years of free, transferable college credit simultaneously. Students from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are eligible to apply. Mt. SAC Early College Academy is at 2226 E. Rio Verde Drive, West Covina.