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Senior Spotlight: Geovana Ramos

By: Laci Basaaj

Geovana Ramos is a senior at JGHS who is involved in clubs and activities such as volleyball, soccer, and CSF, while taking AP classes like AP Statistics and AP Literature. She is a hard worker both in and outside of school, and is planning on furthering her education at a 4-year university after high school. Recently, I got the opportunity to ask her some questions regarding herself, sports, and her plans for college.

Question 1: What sports do you play, and how long have you been playing them?

Answer: I am currently on the volleyball and soccer teams at JGHS. I’ve been playing volleyball since elementary school. As for soccer, I’ve been playing since I was in middle school.

Question 2: What is your favorite sport to be in?

Answer: My favorite sport to be in is soccer because I love the adrenaline I get from such a fast-paced sport, where I’m constantly making plays with my teammates and trying to score.

Question 3: What college do you plan to attend and what do you want to major in?

Answer: I’m not sure of which school I plan to attend yet, but I plan to go to a 4-year university and I plan to major in business.

Question 4: Are you currently in any clubs?

Answer: I am currently in CSF.

Question 5: What are some highlights of senior year that you can remember?

Answer: A highlight of senior year would be playing the sports that I love and having fun with my teammates.

Question 6: What is your favorite song at the moment?

Answer: My favorite song at the moment is “No Se” by T3R Elemento. I would like to thank Geovana for taking the time to answer my questions! Great job on all your hard work; you have a bright future ahead of you!

Eagle Senior Spotlight: Angel De Alba

By Coal Ahime Ruiz

Angel De Alba, a Jalisco native, immigrated to the United States at the age of 14 to reunite with his father, who had relocated to the United States to provide a better life for his family. He was immediately enrolled in Benton Middle School after arriving here, where he struggled to keep up due to a significant language barrier. He was able to take English classes before coming here, but they were insufficient for him to maintain a conversation. He didn’t feel like he fit in at school or in society, feeling lonely and like a pin in a stack.

Angel recalls telling his father on his first day of school that he couldn’t do it, that he couldn’t adapt to a new nation, culture, society, language, and a new life. Not to be discouraged any longer, he took a break from school and did everything he could to assist him to improve his language skills. Angel was encouraged to overcome all odds and learn from it by taking English classes, reading small books with small stories, and even watching TV in English as much as possible. Not only did he use his feelings of loneliness and frustration to propel him, but he was also able to communicate with his cousins in English. With this assistance, he was able to travel to Waite, where he made wonderful friends who made the transition much easier.

Not only did this experience change him, but he also used it to his advantage, allowing him to grow and obtain a better grasp of his capabilities. With his charisma and motivation, he was able to place in the Top 10 of our graduating class and participate in programs, clubs, and athletics, including our school’s soccer team, CSF, AVID, and Cerritos College’s President Scholars Academy. It is also with his faith, that he also takes pride and is grateful for being catholic as it helped him keep a clear head and that good will come to those who work for it. He would like to express his gratitude to his friends, family, instructors, and tutors for making all of this possible and for assisting him in achieving his objectives. Now that he has been reclassified as a fluent English speaker, he wishes to inspire others who have had to adapt to a new environment to not give up and to keep working hard, because one day everyone will achieve their full potential.

His advice to other students is to get involved in as many activities as possible to not only get unique experiences and outstanding awards but also to value any kind of aid and direction, particularly from our amazing instructors. Angel hopes to pursue Kinesiology or Exercise and Sports Science after high school because he wants to be a physical therapist or an athletic trainer, and thus support and assist his parents as they have always done for him and his three younger siblings. He also hopes that not only his peers, but also his siblings will see that with hard work, devotion, and support, everything is achievable. He hopes that his experience inspires others to not only achieve and pursue their goals but also to keep pushing forward no matter what obstacles they face.

Eagle Senior Spotlight: Vince Bulosan

by Coal Ahime Ruiz

Moving from the Philippines to California at a young age, Vince Bulosan has demonstrated not only academic and personal success, but is also currently ranked #1 in the 2022 senior class with an overall 4.5 GPA.

Not only did moving negatively affect him, but he managed to pursue his academic achievements and pushed through his hardships to get where he is. Due to moving to an entirely new country than where he was born, he had a hard time recovering emotionally after leaving what he was accustomed to. This prompted him to keep to himself and have difficulty relating to others. However, after a while he gained the courage to associate himself with others and meet people through his select friendships.

Thanks to friends, Vince managed to get through the stress and pushed forward with his goals. Vince gratefully admires and adores his friends; and because of this, his best advice to freshmen is to always have friends to rely on whether it is to help each other in class or to also feel good enough to push through and achieve your goals.

Ultimately, after graduation, Vince hopes to pursue his dream of becoming an astronomer at Caltech, his dream school.