Spotlight on Our Graduates

We have a great story to share. Josue (Josh) Carbunck began his high school years at Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy. In the summer before his Junior year he moved to Santa Ana where he began his studies at Middle College High School at Santa Ana College. On Friday, May 20th Josh received his A.A. degree from Santa Ana College because of the combined studies from L.A. Harbor and Santa Ana Middle Colleges. We are very proud of the power of our partnerships!

Estefania Lazo

The International High School at LaGuardia Community College spotlights graduating senior Estefania Lazo. Estefania arrived in NYC from Ecuador four years ago. She has been the main force in our school’s efforts to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. She has completed a multi year internship at Forest Hills Hospital where she has assisted doctors and nurses in the Emergency Room by providing essential language support and translations for patients. She will enroll at St. Joseph’s College majoring in Biology, planning to become a pediatrician.


At MCHS at Contra Costa CollegeNicole Walker, has been a participant in the last two MCNC Student conferences. She is the recipient of University of California’s Incentive Award and will be attending UC Berkeley. Nicole had internships for the city of San Pablo and at Doctor’s Medical Center. She has been an active member of school leadership, participating and organizing many of the school’s student activities and has served as a tutor for students in Physics and a teacher’s assistant for both a high school and a college math teacher.

Ben Martin

Ben Martin, a 2011 Greenville Technical Charter High School graduate, will receive Distinction Recognition for his exemplary work on his Senior Project. Ben, who has had a long time interest in the outdoors and military activities, researched and constructed a ghillie suit, a type of camouflage clothing designed to resemble heavy foliage. While many high school students struggle with using their school time wisely, Ben became a champion of time management. His outstanding work was rewarded with excellent grades in all components of the project, i.e. portfolio, product, class work, and presentation. Ben has been accepted to The Citadel, and plans a career in Marine Corps.



This is the first year that MCHS @ San Joaquin Delta College had 3 graduates with a perfect 4.0 GPA both at high school and at community college. The three students will be sharing the stage as co-Valedictorians and will be attending the University of California at Berkeley. They have a combined 21 Associate Degrees. Jene Li has beaten the odds. His family is non-English speaking, his father is on disability, and his mother supports the family. Jene will major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Yuen Ng who comes from a social-economically disadvantaged, non-English speaking family will be the first in her family to attend college. Yuen, will major in Molecular and Cell Biology. Anmol Sohail’s family has been severely impacted by the current economic crisis. Anmol will be graduating will major in Business and Economics.

Cindy Lam

It’s a family tradition. Following in her brother’s footsteps, Cindy Lam has attended San Mateo Middle College for the past two years, and will attend UC Berkeley in the fall. Cindy was valedictorian at her home school, Aragon High School, and was a graduation speaker the Middle College ceremony where she was awarded the Lorraine McLean Memorial Scholarship, given to the top student in English. Cindy earned an unweighted 4.0 GPA while finding time to be an outstanding competitor on the Aragon badminton team.


Graduates Hannah Moon and Saphire Duveau have been involved in an innovative program that introduces world culture through music. By participating in The Brooklyn College Academy World Ensemble, they both developed a versatility and respect towards learning original instruments. They are extraordinary, multifaceted students who exemplify the definition of life-long learners. Performing together with their peers, they displayed a passion for understanding the nuances and depths of this music genre. Each one had a quiet respect for the conductor/teacher, patience with peers and maturity beyond their years. Along with four students from the original World Ensemble, they traveled to Nebraska to perform at a school on the Omaha Reservation and The Museum of Nebraskan Art. This helped all understand culture, language, and how students can come together and become a positive influence in our great society.


Heaven Tesfahiwet

Heaven Tesfahiwet is Middle College at El Centro‘s Valedictorian and Prom Queen. She’s an English Language Learner, proudly Eritrean, and she’s sunshine itself. Heaven earned her Associate of Science degree with 67 credit hours of college work. She will attend the University of Texas at Austin to earn advanced degree in Pharmacy and then work in a part of the world where her service is most needed.


Jimmy Daniel, Jr., graduate of MCHS at Los Angles Southwest is going to the University of California at Berkeley majoring in biology as an undergraduate. He plans to become a pharmacist. Jimmy has been active in school drama productions since his ninth grade, and a student member of the school site council and compensatory education advisory committee for the last four years.  He has a 3.6 high school GPA and will transfer 40 credits from LA Southwest College to Berkeley.


Julian Stewart is Middle College at Christian Brothers University‘s 2011 valedictorian. Julian accrued 63 college credit hours through our college partnership with Christian Brothers University and maintained stellar high school and college records. He was accepted to over 40 colleges across the nation and received over $2.5 million dollars in scholarship offers. Julian will attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA on a full scholarship, where such notables as Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. graduated. In addition to his academic accolades, Juilan embodies a true spirit of humility and service to others!

Kelsey Norris

At Greenville Technical Charter High School, One of our young ladies completed her senior project, an economic study of our Parents in Partnership, while earning over 112 credit hours at the college. Kelsey Norris earned enough college hours to enter university in the fall as a senior, if she desires. From a single parent home, Kelsey knew how important education can be and used all her effort to attain all she could. She also participated as the chair of our Academic Team and was on our Robotics team for several years. Kelsey hopes to earn her doctorate and one day become a teacher in a university.

Mayrelis Perez came to Academy of the Canyons as an 11th grader and earned 39 college units during her two years here. She came to the U.S. at 13 years old from Cuba and spoke no English when she arrived. She quickly mastered the language and developed the skills she needed to become a successful student. She has been active in our student government class and has taken all honors classes. Her teachers describe her as a natural leader, determined, ambitious, bright, resilient, eager to learn and anxious to please. She has received the Principal’s Award and will study architecture at Cal Poly, Pomona.


Sammie Williams is a great student and ambassador for Thurgood Marshall MCHS. He was given scholarships to Louisiana State University, Loyola University, St. John’s University, and The University of New Orleans. He was very active in our dual enrollment program and selected Louisiana State University as his school of choice with a full scholarship.


Mahmoud Al-Rifaiey

One outstanding graduate at Mott Middle College was Mahmoud Al-Rifaiey who completed an Associate in Applied Science in Electronics and Electrical Technology, and has already been offered a job by a security systems company. He created a robotic communicator and was a big hit when he used it to address our students about the field of electronics. Fellow Mott student, Dakari Harris,

Dakari Harris

graduated in April with three degrees, an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and an Associate in General Studies. Dakari did an internship at Hurley Medical Center. He did all this while holding a job and helping out his grandparents. He will continue his education at Indiana University in Health Science, with a view toward being a Physician Assistant.


Sharod M. Fenner will graduate from Edgecombe Early College High School with an Associate in Arts degree and an Associate in Science degree, as well as his High School diploma. Sharod is a natural leader who has come from a single parent family and has worked his entire high school and college career. He is an Honor Graduate and a member of the National Honor Society as well as Class President. He will attend North Carolina State University, majoring in engineering.


Olivia Hernandez has demonstrated leadership at Truckee Meadows Community College High School through community service projects, involvement in the school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter, public speaking, and school ambassadorship. She has fostered leadership skills in others by encouraging peers to involve themselves in community outreach activities and attend at business events. Olivia says, “I will graduate, before I turn 21, with my bachelors degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in business. Going to TMCC High School was the best decision I’ve ever made!”

Ashley Griffin, Marquette Beecham, Crystal West and Velma Maclin

These are the first Hollis F Price Middle College graduates to graduate from LeMoyne-Owen CollegeAshley Griffin,graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology; Marquette Beecham, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science;Crystal West, Summa Cum Laude with Distinction, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Velma Maclin, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.


Seichi Kamimura graduated Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy with completed 79 college units and a 3.95 college GPA. At HTPA graduation, he received the AP Scholar with Distinction and Golden State Seal Merit Diploma. At HTPA he is President of Christian Club, on varsity basketball team, and an advisory facilitator. In the community he volunteers at UCLA Medical Center, teaches Sunday School, works with Operation Christmas Child. When he enrolls at UCLA in the fall, he will be the first in his family to attend a four-year college.