Breakthrough SJC’s College Bound program provides year round tutoring, academic field trips, multiple outings through partnerships, and continuous support for our high school students. Families, students, and staff celebrated students and their accomplishments with awards and a family style buffet during College Bound Celebration.
The night started out with words of encouragement from Director Victor Cota to our now graduated seniors who will be attending their first year of college this fall. After dinner, Assistant Director Alex Serna spoke about College Bound highlights including the mentor program, field trips, tutoring hours, and junior retreat. Families cheered and clapped as students were presented with awards for academic achievement, academic improvement, and commitment. Along with students, four sets of parents were chosen for the “Above and Beyond Parent Award” for their dedication to the program and constant willingness to help.
Guest speaker and Breakthrough alumna Cinthia Muniz gave a touching speech about her first year at UC Merced. She gave several words of advice to the class of 2016 including, “You may face some difficult times throughout college, but Breakthrough will still be there for you.” Breakthrough SJC truly is a family and we are proud of each and every student that has graduated since the first class graduated in 2012.
The celebration concluded with picture frames and group pictures of the graduates with their caps and gowns- the last of which will happen until they have their caps and gowns at college graduation. Congratulations to Angelo Macedo, Brandon Hernandez, Coral Ramos, Francelia Lievanos, Javier Villegas, Laura Tellez, Luis Almanza, Maribel Castanon, Mariel Diaz, Pedro Sanchez, Roberto Santana, Rocio Alarcon, Vanessa Rodriguez, Edrian Ochoa, Angel Menchaca, and Maritza Garcia. Remember that the Breakthrough family will always be here to lend a helping hand and words of encouragement.
We recently had our first spring fundraiser at Ricardo’s Place in San Juan Capistrano. Ricardo Beas, the owner of Ricardo’s Place, has been a supporter of the Breakthrough organization for quite some time. The idea of helping students in need and eliminating the achievement gap that affects our students are very important to him and he generously gives to many other local organizations as well.
Ricardo has been donating food for the past few years for the Late Night Breakthrough event where students and teachers spend one final evening together on the last day of summer. In the end, 24 families came out to Ricardo’s over the five day span of our spring fundraiser. 25% of each bill was given to Breakthrough to help our students as they strive to attend a four year college.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support us for the spring fundraiser and a huge thank you to Ricardo Beas and his staff for organizing the fundraiser and for supporting our mission!
St. Margaret’s students and families recently gathered to celebrate our four seniors that are part of the Tartan Support Group. Our four seniors Luis Almanza, Denise Garcia, Priscilla Garcia, and Francelia Lievanos are all remarkable young adults who have accomplished so much during their academic career. In the fall, Luis will head to St. Olaf University, Denise to USC, Priscilla to the University of San Diego, and Franci to Pitzer College.
The night kicked off with a welcome from Upper School Principal Tony Jordan who spoke about the fine accomplishments of our seniors and all the good they will do in the community. Each senior was given a tribute by both their college counselor and a rising senior. The emotional tributes highlighted the students’ journeys at St. Margaret’s and Breakthrough.
A moving speech about surviving college was given by Nohemi Moctezuma, class of 2010 St. Margaret’s alumna and first generation college student. She spoke about the hardships that come along with being a first generation student and working multiple jobs to support herself through college. Nohemi concluded her speech with the encouraging statement, “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.” Head of School Will Moseley congratulated our seniors and closed out the night.
The Tartan Support Group is designed to support first generation students who attend St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. Breakthrough provides an added layer of support for those students during the school year. At the celebration, we also welcomed seven new students to the Tartan Support Group for the 2016-2017 school y ear.
Thank you to everyone who came out to give a friendly farewell to our four Tartan Support Group seniors.