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Class of 2019 Participates in Commitment to Graduate Program
by Writing Staff, MATADOR MESSENGER
 
La Mirada High School hosted the annual Commitment to Graduate or C2G on April 21st. Student leaders engaged freshmen through scripted conversations on graduation requirements, the NLMUSD Graduate Profile, career and college opportunities, and academy selection.
 
The student leaders also worked alongside freshmen to establish social and academic goals. In addition, our student leaders shared stories on their path toward graduation.
 
Mr. Richard Parkhouse, a nationally renowned author and speaker addressed the freshmen on the commitment to graduate and the need to consider the first and last step one takes on that journey.
 
Junior leader Christina Croal said of the event, “I really enjoyed my experience in C2G. I got to share my experiences at La Mirada and show [the freshmen] that everyone struggles, but we all get through it in the end”. Student leaders were selected based on their commitment to lead freshmen through a series of activities designed to build a sense of community among the freshmen and the upper classmen.
 
Croal commented on how C2G builds the soft skills needed to succeed outside the school environment, “Being a part of C2G has helped me not only as a leader, but also as an individual. I built a confidence in myself and my group of freshmen to work hard and never give up. I can’t wait to be a part of this wonderful experience again next year”.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Music Students Honored with Blanch Nissim Prize
by Evan Eliason, TEACHER
 
On April 19th, LMHS guitar students Kayla Harell and Alyssa Salas were awarded La Mirada Symphonies Blanch Nissim Prize for excellence in classical performance. Several NLMUSD area musicians gathered at the beginning of April to perform their works for a panel of judges hoping to win the symphonies annual student competition. Kayla and Alyssa's Duet was chosen as the winner due to the high level of technical accuracy and communication in their performance. Senior Kayla will continue her study of classical guitar at Vanguard University on a music scholarship in the coming year. Alyssa, a sophomore, will continue her studies at LMHS next year and plans to audition for music school in the future.