It took a long time and a lot of haranguing to get the N-MUSD to understand that their hyper-focus on college acceptance was doing a disservice to many students. In the district, there are many graduates who cannot or do not want to go to college.
For too long, they were made to feel like losers if they didn’t go to college.
Much has changed for the better and while I still see traces of the old mentality, they have come a long way.
One of the biggest steps came a few years ago when I suggested that the district create a web page listing the graduates who chose to serve our country in the armed forces. That page has been updated with the class of 2018 and I am proud to recognize and salute them here:
NMUSD Class of 2018
Gavin Connor, Early College High School
ARMY NATIONAL GAURD
Bekah Lomas, Estancia High School
Bryan Aceves-Rodriquez, CdM
Liliana Chavez, Early College High School
Eduardo Martin, Estancia High School
Rachid Haddouch, Estancia High School
Brett Beard, Newport Harbor
Leeley Fylling, Newport Harbor
Ryah Montano, Newport Harbor
Ryan Pham, Newport Harbor
These students deserve a thank you for their service and acknowledgement of the courage it took to take this road.
Thank you, all.