SoCal ROC Scholarship Recipients and Project Lead the Way Engineering Students Honored by ESUSD Board of Education

Among the honorees were Leslie Morales, an aspiring forensics photographer, who plans to attend El Camino College in the fall. She hopes to transfer to California State University, Long Beach to complete her bachelor’s degree. Laura Balladares, hopes to become a dental hygienist and plans to attend West Los Angeles College this fall. Kristin Espinoza would like to attend the University of California’s School of Dentistry to ultimately become an orthodontist. Kris Kagy currently attends the Los Angeles Fire Department Youth Academy and is completing the EMT program at SoCal ROC. He plans to attend El Camino College to train as a firefighter.

In addition, the ESUSD Board of Education also honored three Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students who participated in the Los Angeles Regionals of the “Introduction to Engineering Design,” a design challenge hosted by Chevron. Placing third out of eighteen teams, Quin Kirsten, Nicholas Palomino, and Chloe Stonecipher advanced to the state competition that took place in Sacramento, in May 2016. For the regional competition, students were tasked to design and present a “Barbeque Center” as well as their “Edu-Board” for the state competition. These engineers in training received the design brief at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the competition, then the teams had the difficult task to complete the sketch, design, create animations, and drawing sheets to present by 5:00 p.m. the same day. Congratulations to all of these ESHS students for their achievements!