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.
Nine Academic Decathlon team members attended the LAUSD Regional competition medal ceremony, February 10th at Hollywood High School. After a two-day competition focusing on World War II, including subject tests and events that demonstrated vocal prowess, Belmont students were thrilled to receive four medals recognizing their excellence. Principal Dr. McGregor honored the team during the faculty’s professional development meeting this Wednesday, February 22.
This year marks a milestone for the Belmont team, surpassing the medals received in previous years. “It’s actually very fulfilling because all the hard work of the students paid off,” noted Flora. ”We were able to make it thanks to a lot of practice and dedication.”
Decathlon veteran Carla Arrellano took home a bronze medal in the speech category and veteran Beatriz Irineo-Lorenzo received a gold medal for her performance in the interview. Freshmen Jeffrey Phong, a new member of the team, also won a gold in the interview. “When I found out [he won], it was astonishing,” said Alejandra Cortez. “It’s good that he started early. If I were to go back in time, I would do the same thing. I’m really proud of him. “Junior Ana Sotomayor was awarded a silver medal in speech, rounding out the quartet of accomplished Sentinels.
Students who are interested in a commitment to a cerebral challenge and a chance for camaraderie with other like-minded scholars are encouraged to join the team. The decathletes meet every day during 7th period in Mr. Flora’s room.
*Special thanks to Ana Sotomayor for the fact checking and additional info for this write up.
Principal Dr. McGregor accompanied a group of Belmont freshmen to Miguel Contreras for the launch of Go Central City, a partnership program with LACC and Cal State Los Angeles.
The morning started with speakers from the district followed by a senior from Belmont who spoke about the importance of college. Students were treated to two different musical performances and a special video featuring freshmen from different high schools in the area.
Roselyn Castillo attended this special event and recently reflected upon the day. “We felt special,” said Castillo. “[It was great] to see our former classmates from elementary school and get together to talk about our college goals.”
Melissa Juarez felt grateful for Dr. McGregor’s guidance throughout the morning. “Dr. McGregor gave us advice about college and the other speakers showed us that if they can do it, we can do it,” said Juarez. Gissel Aguilar felt equally appreciative of this program. “It felt like a great privilege to attend such a welcoming event,” said Aguilar. “I enjoyed how we all share the same views about attending college.”