It is with great sadness that I inform the Belmont family that our former
College Counselor, Mr. John Kim, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Mr. Kim was loved and appreciated for his dedication to Eagle Rock High School
and his previous assignment of seventeen years at Belmont High School.
He has many friends and was loved across the district.
Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with his family
during this challenging time.
At this time, we request that you respect the family's privacy.
If you would like to send a card or letter to the family,
please send them to the main office at Belmont High School
and we will forward them to the family.
Kristen McGregor, Ed.D.
Principal - Belmont High School
Belmont’s top-notch competitors turned in another impressive performance at the Regional Bridge Building competition to the delight of teachers and classmates on campus. Dr. McGregor recognized Christian Sy, Naydelli Mendoza, Maria Marcos and Lorenzo Marcos for their accomplishments at the professional development meeting this week.
Naydelli Mendoza and Christian Sy placed second at Regionals with a bridge that withstood 45 kilograms (99 pounds). This second place win earned the duo a spot at the International competition in Dallas, Texas. Belmont will compete against the country’s elite teams, in addition to schools from around the world.
Christian Sy sat down with The Sentinel staff to reflect upon the experience. Sy competed last year in Chicago and looks forward to traveling to Texas at the end of the month. “Every year the competition changes because of the design and in terms of the competitors,” said Sy. “I am very excited to meet some new friends [from around the country] and wish good luck to the other schools.”
Naydelli Mendoza is equally enthused about the recent victory and chance to travel outside of the state for more competition. “It was an overwhelming feeling [at Regionals],” said Mendoza. “I’m really happy we made it and never expected it. It’s great that we placed second and third.”
The dynamic sister/brother team of Maria and Lorenzo Marcos and team captain Tasdiq Islam returned from Regionals with a dazzling third place trophy for their bridge. “Thankfully, this year we had a strong presence. Other schools like magnets and Bravo have been winning for years now and it’s great to see Belmont take those top places,” added Mendoza.
According to Mendoza, their teacher/coach Elmerito Sy has paved the way for this triumphant run towards the International competition. “He guided us, has a lot of experience that he shares with us, and his full support is always there.”
Best of luck to the Belmont team on competition day, April 22.
Two teams from Belmont’s MESA (math, engineering, science and achievement) club, led by Veronica Galang, put their skills to the test in an intensive round of speaking and bridge building competitions this past week. The teams featured a bridge building sister/brother duo, Maria (11th grade) and Lorenzo Marcos (10th grade), and a 9th grade team. The dynamic trio of Celine Mamaid, Mohtasima Mohshina, and Mhret Gebremiceal competed in the speaking event.
The bridge competition required students to use Balsa wood that would withstand significant weight. Maria Marcos and Lorenzo Marcos created a structure that held 132 pounds, impressing the judges to merit a first place victory out of 35 high schools and middle schools. According to the victors, people initially doubted their bridge because it was so much smaller than the other competitors. “I learned that looks don’t matter, just how it’s constructed,” said Maria Marcos. “People were making fun of how small our bridge was,” said Lorenzo Marcos, “and they were the first ones to be eliminated.” Lorenzo Marcos felt empowered after the victory. “It made me happy and proved to my parents that I can be smart too.” Marcos also noted how Galang was instrumental in their success. “Galang is a great leader, helping us out with guidance,” noted Marcos.
According to Mhret Gebremiceal, the team chose a challenging topic of engineering oil replacement that would be appeal to the judges. The team took second place after facing an intimidating panel of experts. “Just because you want [first place] doesn’t mean you are going to get it,” said Gebremiceal in an exclusive interview with Sentinel reporters. After a grueling day of competition, the teams waited for the results. “It felt like the two hours we waited for the announcement were worth it after all the time we spent practicing and writing,” said Gebremiceal.
The teams will partake in another round of competition in the regional event, April 15. “I’m excited, but at the same time I am nervous [about the results],” said Gebremiceal. Lorenzo Marcos is also looking forward to the next opportunity to compete at a high level. “I feel like it’s a big step for my future,” said Marcos.
*Special thanks to Gerardo Bran for additional information, The Sentinel staff members for the interviews, and Jocelin Alvarado for the photo that accompanies this piece.
Elmerito Sy and Barbara Cheung were beaming with pride as they introduced the award- winning Belmont team at this morning’s faculty meeting. After competing against 42 teams from 25 different high schools in Southern California, three Belmont teams made history with first, second, and third place medals that honored their accomplishments.
Fabiola Gonzalez, Naydelli Mendoza, and Maria Marcos took first prize overall. One of the members cited “teamwork” as the driving force behind their victory. Gerson Hernandez, Tasdiq Islam, and Kevin Manzano were awarded with second medals, noting their “improvement from last year” while Aline Romero, Alavi Khan, and Christian Sy took third place, rounding out the historic sweep. According to Romero, the competition took them through “a rollercoaster of emotions.”
All the competitors dedicated countless hours, creating the bridge out of Popsicle sticks that could sustain weights reaching as high as 949 pounds. The competition featured multiple components, including creating the bridge, the technical report that accompanied it, the trifold for the judges, and the formal presentation.
Principal Dr. McGregor recognized Belmont’s future civil engineers in the professional development meeting as teachers gave students an enthusiastic round of applause for this extraordinary feat.
*Special thanks to The Sentinel’s Jocelin Alvarado for her reporting and collaboration for this write up.