LOS ANGELES -- Mónica García, president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, delivered a commencement address to the 2018 graduating class of Miramar High School, a public charter school that offers a range of innovative supports and strong academics to ensure its students, most of whom are Latino and low-income, are prepared for college and life.
Ms. García also awarded the Soy Inteligente Scholar medal to senior Cecilia Martinez Bello. The award recognizes graduating seniors who have made a positive difference in their community and who have challenged themselves academically and demonstrated strong leadership skills. Cecilia is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to go to college. She is attending the University of California, Merced this fall.
Other highlights about Miramar High School’s graduating class:
- 93 percent of seniors will pursue a college education after high school
- 57 percent of seniors will attend a four-year college
- 22 of the 90 graduating seniors are receiving Camino Nuevo scholarships totaling more than $200,000 over the next four years to attend college
- 22 seniors are receiving the California State Seal of Biliteracy for achieving a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in more than one language
- The school’s valedictorian was one of the region’s top-scoring Latino students on the PSAT. He will be attending UCLA this fall.