Four Belmont students participated in the 2016 Chicano Youth Leadership Conference this past weekend in Malibu. Multimedia students Brigit Retana, Anahi Mota, Luis Navarro and LAAMPS student Gilberto Ochoa departed last Friday morning and headed to Camp Hess Kramer cradled in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Students applied for this weekend of enlightenment focusing on Chicano heritage, history, and college aspirations. “I went there not knowing who I was,” noted participant Anahi Mota. “There were a bunch of pieces missing, but as I got there, everything started forming together. I learned about college, financial aid, and realized I can discover more about myself as I grow.”
The weekend encompassed three days of guest speakers and activities informing students about what it means to be a Chicano. “The whole thing made me feel very inspired and empowered,” said Brigit Retana. “I went in as Salvadorian and learned that you don’t have to be Mexican-American to be Chicano.” Mota recently commented about the sanctuary of the conference’s environment. “Everyone there was so friendly and inviting,” said Mota. “There was a fire inside. There was a flame. There were people out there from our background who had made it and it resonated with us.”
Luis Navarro and Gilberto Ochoa were two of the fourteen young men who attended the conference. “I have more appreciation for Belmont and the program for giving us the opportunity to learn more about my Chicano heritage,” concluded Navarro.
Note: Look for more interviews with the participants by Mey Sok in an upcoming edition of The Sentinel.
Photo by Mey Sok
Health and physical education teacher Joyce Curran and Gear Up have teamed up this year to help the senior navigate their way through the challenging post-secondary quest. Longtime College Counselor John Kim departed for Eagle Rock High School after a successful run as a beloved advisor to seniors over the years.
Thanks to Curran and the Gear Up team, seniors will stay on track with the application process and meet the deadlines that will determine where they will embark upon their collegiate adventure. “Senior year is a process and many come in with high hopes and expectations, thinking someone else will get them into college,” said Curran. “The realization that the time and energy they put into their applications is very long and arduous and does determine what colleges do in fact admit them is a tough concept to grasp.”
Fortunately, the students have Curran and Mr. Jeff Willis from Gear Up to advise them during this journey. Both advisors offer field trips to visit colleges and universities, presentations from college reps, and two college and career classes on campus. “I was so lucky to appoint Gear Up this class time to address student needs for college and the FAFSA college scholarship process,” said Curran.
As always, Curran exudes positivity as she fills the Belmont hallways with good cheer. “Our 2017 Senior Class is the best ever!” exclaimed Curran. “My hope is that they all work through the college application process so that next year at this time they will be happy in their new educational environment.”
Please look for extensive coverage of Curran and the College Center in an upcoming edition of The Sentinel written by Pui Kwan and Jessica Morales, the newspaper’s Lead Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief.
Photo of Dr. McGregor and Mrs. Curran by feature editor Diamond Robinson
Lara Kissling’s drama students will take the stage once again in this year’s live production of Bring It On. Auditions took place last week as students from all grade levels recited lines, both sassy and spirited, from the shortened adaptation of the popular cheerleading movie.
Nerves and excitement filled the auditorium as a dozen cast hopefuls auditioned for Kissling. This year, Kissling plans on a production twist, incorporating more hip- hop and cheerleading choreography into the final performance. “It’s going to be interesting,” noted tenth grade student Crystal Becraft. “There are different versions of Bring it On, so I look forward to seeing how they will entertain the audience.”
Look for the more extensive version of this story in an upcoming edition of The Sentinel by Mey Sok and Anahi Mota with a photograph by Diana Gonzalez.
Photo by Janet Arroyo
Suggested items of need for the Belmont High School food pantry
Please share this with others so we can support all of our students.
See Dr. McGregor with any questions or names of those in need.
Please drop off any items in the main office. Thank you in advance.
Gift cards to local restaurants, Food 4 Less, Target, etc.
Soups, cup of noodles
Pasta and pasta sauces
Jars of peanut butter and jelly
Mini shampoos, soaps, body wash, lotion
Toothbrushes and tooth paste
Dry cereal boxes
Canned chicken or tuna
Boxed macaroni and cheese
Crackers (ex: Ritz stacks)
Bottles of water
Fruit roll ups
Individual bags of chips or popcorn