A monthly update from the Whittier Union High School District.
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Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent
Sandra Thorstenson
As we wrap up the first semester of the school year and welcome the New Year and all of its blessings, I want to thank our talented team of educators and staff for working energetically to educate and support our students for the many academic challenges and opportunities to come. These first few months demonstrate how extraordinarily productive the year is shaping up to be at Whittier Union, and we wait with great anticipation to see all that we will achieve together in the future.
California High School
Students in one of California High School’s service clubs will brighten the holidays and lift the spirits of one Whittier-area family whose 11-year-old child is battling cancer when they deliver troves of gifts on Friday, Dec. 18 as part of their annual Adopt-a-Family for Christmas event. After successful fundraising efforts and with the help of staff, the Men’s League Board (MLB) Club, which consists of 20 male Cal High students, purchased more than $500 in gifts and gift cards for the family. The students last week wrapped the presents with help from members of STEPS, an all-female club on campus. This is the 10th year MLB has raised funds to provide presents to an East Whittier City School District family facing hardship.
La Serna High School
The La Serna High School Girls Golf team won its first-ever CIF Southern Section Southern Division Team Championship with a score of 391 at the Lakewood Country Club last month. The team marked the victory at the Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 8, where each student received an Award of Merit for the thrilling accomplishment. The winning 2015 team consisted of Vanessa Wang, Stephanie Wong, Michelle Wong, Briana Chacon, Sandra Meza, Kiana Williams, Caroline Lee, Sharon Stathis and Taylor Ornelas.
Pioneer High School
In recognition of its efforts to build a safe football program for its student-athletes, Pioneer High School’s Titan Football program was among seven across the nation selected to share $100,000 in equipment grants from helmet manufacturer Riddell. As part of the company’s first-ever Smarter Football initiative, players, coaches, administrators, parents and fans at all levels of the football community were called upon to join Riddell’s campaign to create a safer playing field by incorporating the latest tools, teaching and techniques. Pioneer’s share of the award is about $15,000, which will go toward purchasing upgraded helmets and shoulder pads from Riddell. Pioneer posted a 7-3 record this season under Head Coach Chuck Willig.
Santa Fe High School
Santa Fe High School student Daisy Nahoul has been selected to be a QuestBridge Scholar to the University of Chicago. Nahoul – a senior and an Advanced Placement/Honors student-athlete – has been recognized as an exceptional individual and community leader who has achieved academic excellence in spite of socio-economic obstacles. QuestBridge links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs, employers and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities
Whittier High School
Following a donation of $130,000 to fund new technology for Whittier High School’s library, one of the school’s most distinguished Cardinals, William C. Gordon, has donated $100,000 more to be used at the school's discretion. Gordon’s most recent gift comes less than three months after Whittier High celebrated the modernization of its 21st century library, named in honor of the Class of 1955 graduate and former student body president. The school hopes to use the new funds to buy additional laptop carts for classrooms, as well as fund murals and banners that will celebrate and illustrate the school’s core values and school spirit.
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