Shirmin Apparicio

Reflecting on the Past, Looking Toward the Future

Standing on the word of God and His promises to me, I was able to be a 2021 High School Honors Graduate, as well as a 2022 Santa Monica College Honors Graduate, receiving an AA Degree at 17-years-old!

Words of the Week – Enlightening Summer Reading

To the Youth Readers: Summer is almost over, believe it or not, and the fall will be here before you know it. Whether you are returning to school in August or September, now would be a great time to start reading a book, and I believe the Bible is a wise choice. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” – Proverbs 1:7. I remember my mom reading to me daily when I was younger. I couldn’t wait to read on my own. As I grew older, I realized how much I enjoyed reading, which I started at

Words of the Week – Never Let Being Bullied Derail You

To the Youth Readers: I am truly humbled and privileged to have this opportunity to write to my fellow peers about a disheartening and true issue we all experience – bullying. Whether you are the victim or the person who does the bullying just remember 1 John 4:4, “The Lord is greater than the giants you face.” I’ve been in the victim position and it feels demeaning and overall terrible. I was bullied for 6 years and I have a prolific amount of stories to tell. This all correlates as to why I am the president of the Student State

Apparicio Continues on Upward Path

At the young age of seven, Joshua Apparicio was winning several local competitions for his oratory talents. Now at the age of 12, he continues to garner attention and awards for his public speaking skills. Apparicio, who attends Morningside Church of Christ in Inglewood, dazzled the audience at last month’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Worship Service at Faithful Central Bible Church. During the event, he received repeated applause for his speech, “We Are Better Together: Realizing the Dream.” The confident, yet humble, 8th grade student, said he aims for his message to inspire other youth. “What I plan to