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Nature surely smiled on the class of 2017 with a picture-perfect day for Ramona Convent’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 27th. Carrying their bouquets of yellow roses, with the breeze lightly blowing their traditional white gowns, the graduates moved elegantly down the lawn of Ramona’s Rose Heath garden. Salutatorian Victoria Marie Garcia spoke eloquently when sharing,

“We are empowered; we are the future…We are women of faith, women who are integrating all facets of ourselves, critical thinkers, communicators, and transformative leaders. That’s the foundation of what being a Ramona girl is all about; we will just build it up from there with our experiences. Let us put our mark on the world as we go forth, cast fire, and liberate life.”

Victoria will be attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where she will study biomedical science with a career goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist. She also hopes to study abroad in Italy. While at Ramona she has been a member of the International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, California Scholastic Federation, International Culture Society, Hispanic Society, and Campus Retreat Team Leader. She also participated in basketball, track and field, the Interact Club, ComedySportz and volunteered at the Pasadena Humane Society in her spare time.

Several members of the class have selected a major in a science-related field and attribute their decisions to the experiences that Ramona offered them. Curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking are inspired every day though the hands-on, project-based learning with real-life applications at the core of Ramona’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program.

Guest speaker and Ramona Convent graduate, Kim Chanbonpin ‘95, who is a professor at the John Marshall School of Law at the University of Chicago, shared her journey and how Ramona helped shape her life. She also encouraged graduates to never give up and “Think about who you are, who you want to become, and how you intend on getting there….be steadfast. You are the only you; think about how you and only you can make a positive impact. You will move mountains. You will organize, participate in, and win struggles for justice that no one thought would be possible. And whether it happens in a class or at work or at the dinner table, you will make a difference!”

Collectively, the class has already accomplished great things. All of the graduates will be continuing on to college with 69% of those attending University of California or private campuses. Because of the academically rigorous and challenging program offered at Ramona, these young women have been offered a total of $9,179,454 in merit scholarships based on their academic record and extra-curricular involvement. 35% received Highest Honors – 100% Life Membership in the California Scholarship Federation and 47% received recognition as National Honor Society (NHS) members.

Ramona is a welcoming Catholic college-prep high school for girls in grades 9-12. Ramona graduates face the future with an extraordinary education, a global vision fueled by Catholic values, an independent spirit, confident leadership skills, the support of their Ramona sisters, and the strength of a legacy of more than 125 years of excellence.

Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 W. Ramona Rd., Alhambra, CA 91803, (626) 282-4151 or visit www.ramonaconvent.org


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