Senior Chantel McCall receives multiple awards at the ceremony
By Kaylee DavisSentinel Intern
On June 15, Inglewood High School held their Annual Senior Awards Program. The most illustrious students were honored for their academic and athletic achievements, including the top ten students and the top ten percent of the class.
The ceremony opened with music from the Inglewood High School band and a presentation of the top ten percent of the senior class. These high achieving students were: Sandra Cervantes, Christopher Rodriguez, Angelica Robles, Maria Gonzalez, Jennifer Curiel, Arcelia Baca, Marilyn Barrios, Carmen Gomez, Courtney Short, Erini Rezk, Janette Luevanos, Shane Sinha, Vivian Acosta, Myra Flores, Gerald Evans, Walter Cervantes, Chantel McCall, Daisy Granados, Dawayne James, Renesha Williams, Victor Cayo, Leslie Jaime, Mohammad Raza, Noel Henry, Jose Jimenez, Moises Gomez, Gabriel Lopez, Linda Castellanos, Maria Perez, Vanessa Cervantes, and Miguel Sanchez.
Following the presentation of several awards and honors, Keynote Speaker Beverly Pye encouraged students to see themselves as athletes, farmers, and soldiers during their future college endeavors. Pye insisted, "Athletes don't take their eyes off the prize," and persuaded students to follow suit. Farmers are hard workers, Pye continued, and soldiers are fighters. She told students that these traits are necessary in college.
English teacher, Koren Saenz, also served as keynote speaker. Saenz gave students a potent message, saying, "Five percent of life is what happens to you, and 95 percent of life is how you react to it." She advised students to bounce back from life's obstacles.
Honorees enjoyed their recognition. Senior award winner Chantel McCall, who will be attending University of California at Davis in the fall, said, "I feel very proud of myself." Another honoree Andre Williams also expressed, "I was surprised because I didn't think I was going to get anything, and I was happy."
The students, many with grade point averages over 4.0, will be attending top universities next fall including University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of California at Santa Barbara, and Boston College. Most students also received thousands of dollars worth of scholarships.
Courtney Short, who received several thousand dollars in scholarships toward her future education at University of Southern California, told other scholarship hopefuls, "Work hard, and apply for as many scholarships as you can."
Inglewood High School senior honor students prove that with hard work and dedication, goals can be achieved.