In the news: A new state budget deal, JPL interns from Santa Ana, inspiring graduates and more

It’s Friday, June 19, and that pretty much closes the books on the 2014-15 school year. While we don’t have much in the way of pomp and circumstance here, we do have a handful of education stories from the past week.

  • Thanks to OCDE’s OC Pathways initiative and community partners including OpTerra Energy Services, eight high schoolers from Santa Ana are embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime research experience as summer interns at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. (We’ve got a story and a brief video.)
  • A daughter of immigrant parents who was once considered a shy and timid student is headed to Harvard University after graduating from Magnolia High School.
  • George and Miko Kaihara, now 90 years old, finally received their diplomas this week from their alma mater, Tustin High School. The couple was supposed to graduate from then-Tustin Union High School in 1943, but the two were instead sent to an internment camp in Arizona after Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor. They have since been married 65 years and had four children.