CUSD AVID students shine in county celebrations

Over the last week, AVID students in Capistrano Unified have taken center stage in country celebrations as they move on to the next stages of their academic careers.

On April 18, the AVID Senior Standout Recognition and Scholarship Presentation was held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The Orange County Department of Education recognized senior AVID students from across the county, with six coming from CUSD- Mia Sanchez (Aliso Niguel), Narissa Levenstein (Capistrano Valley), Kayla Gomez (Dana Hills), Jonathan Salcedo (Dana Hills), Brandon Sotelo (San Juan Hills), Sofia Esquivel (San Clemente). Gomez and Salcedo were named recipients of the Beatrice Levin Scholarship, contributing $5,000 towards their educations. Esquivel was one of the keynote speakers at the event, and received a $5,000 renewable award from the Draper Family Scholar Awards program.

On May 3, the AVID 8th Grade Standout event was held at Angel Stadium, hosted by the Angels Baseball Foundation. Students from across Orange County were recognized for their outstanding achievements, including five from CUSD- Aiden Nicholson (Don Juan Avila), Lizette Vergara (Marco Forster), Sophie Cobb (Niguel Hills), Mariana Garcia-Tapia (Shorecliffs), Emma Nelson (Vista Del Mar). Every honoree received a computer and souvenirs from the Angels. Nelson was named an Angels Scholar, receiving an annual $10,000 renewal scholarship that will be held in a trust until she graduates and a personalize Angels jersey.

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