He’s a bookworm, an athlete and certainly a role model for his brothers and sister. And now he’s on his way to the Ivy League.
The Orange County Register featured an uplifting story this week about a determined Fullerton Union High School senior who received an acceptance letter from Yale, along with a four-year scholarship from the QuestBridge program. QuestBridge is a nonprofit that partners with elite universities to assist high-performing students, particularly those who might otherwise be deterred by high tuition costs.
Here are some other stories that caught our attention:
- The California School Dashboard is ready to make its debut in March. The new accountability and improvement tool will feature an array of data to help parents, educators and the public evaluate the strengths and challenges of their local schools and districts.
- Students at Tustin’s Hillview High School embraced their roles as mentors while leading kids with special needs through activities at the third annual Hawk Games.
- The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education is discussing whether to redraw its trustee area boundaries to better balance their populations.
- Parenting OC magazine hosted its first-ever Top Teacher Reception, honoring 25 outstanding local educators at Bowers Museum.
- The lessons of OCDE’s Inside the Outdoors environmental education program still reverberate for a Santa Ana student who went on to graduate from Harvard University.
- Alex Willert, the first-year choir director at Brea Olinda High School, has some big shoes to fill. He’s taken over for his father, Dave, who is credited with the success of the United Choirs of Brea program.
- Dana Hills High students involved with Kids Helping Kids Orange County have spent the last two years giving back to their community, and now there are plans to expand the campus program.
- The Ocean View School District governing board selected an architect and construction company to design and build its new gymnasium at Oak View Elementary School in Huntington Beach.