As graduation ceremonies commence throughout the state of California, Inglewood Unified School District has taken note that “Girls ruled” this year in high school academics. IUSD Interim State Administrator Jason Spencer along with CA Department of Education Consultant Dr. Debbra Lindo recently sat down with a very impressive group of young ladies who have excelled academically to emerge as Valedictorian at each IUSD High School.
What makes this group of Valedictorians so special is their determination and commitment to expanding their education and career goals beyond high school. “These young ladies are exceptional,” said Interim State Administrator Jason Spencer.
City Honors Valedictorian Samantha Sanchez is excited to be listed at the very top of her graduating class and credits her mom as her biggest role model. “My mom inspires me the most,” says Samantha. “She is a first generation college student. I am trying to follow in her footsteps by continuing my education and sooner or later, get my doctorate degree and become a pediatrician.“ Samantha will be attending UC San Diego in the fall on a full ride scholarship to study bio medicine. “It’s very important to me, I can’t let her down,” she adds.
Morningside Monarch Stephany Alonso told us how great it felt to find out that she was this year’s Valedictorian and attributes her success to the support given by her parents. “My parents are my greatest inspiration. They did not get to go to college, so it makes my experience even more important and special because it’s not just my dream, it’s their dream too.” Stephany tells us that her mom inspires her the most because she does not go outside the home to work. Although she works very hard for her family, she is not the typical 21st century mom. Stephany’s achievement has paved the way to success for her family as the first generation to attend college. Her entire family looks to the future with pride as Stephany attends UC Irvine in the fall to pursue her interest in Engineering and Science.
Inglewood High School’s very own Buberley Trezile could hardly contain her excitement when she heard the news that she was the 2017 High School Valedictorian. “It’s exciting because my High School has not had a Black valedictorian in a while,” said Buberley. She has worked tirelessly to turn her college dreams into a reality. “My biggest inspiration is my mom; she passed away when I was 8, so everything I do has been for her.” Buberley’s mom came to this country from Haiti to give her children a better life and more opportunities for success. Her older brothers have already laid a path for Buberley to follow as they have both achieved college degrees. “My mom was a nurse and a teacher, so I just want to follow in her footsteps.” Buberley is attending UCLA in the fall to study biology and work toward her career goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.
When asked what thoughts she wanted to leave her fellow graduates with Buberley had this to say: “I want my fellow students to know that anything is possible; just because we’re from Inglewood doesn’t mean we can’t make it out there; so I just want to uplift all my students of color so that they know we can do it, we can make it!
It can be said that being named valedictorian is one of the highest honors you can achieve academically in high school. However, after meeting this dynamic group, IUSD looks forward with anticipation to hearing more from them in years to come about their future success.