Local students recognized for academics

FITZ Intermediate student Gabriel Langinbelik was one of four GGUSD students named as an Angels Scholar and awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. Fitz teachers and administrators attended the event to celebrate Gabe’s accomplishment.

Ten Garden Grove Unified School District students were recognized during the Orange County Department of Education’s AVID 8th Grade Standout Ceremony held May 10 at Angel Stadium.  Four GGUSD students were selected as Angels Scholars and awarded $10,000 in college scholarships.  This is recognition was only awarded to eight students across all of Orange County.

The 10 8th Grade Standouts from GGUSD intermediate schools include:  Sierra Acosta, Alamitos; Parker Moore, Bell; Angelica Dominguez, Doig; Gabriel Langinbelik, Fitz; Jenny Phan, Irvine; Kelly Van Nguyen, Jordan; Tu Nguyen, Lake; Celine Ruan, McGarvin; Valentina Rodriguez, Ralston; and Jernail Dhillon, Walton. The Angels Foundation gifted each of the Standouts an HP laptop computer along with an Angels hat, certificate, and medal.

GGUSD’s four Angels Scholars are Sierra Acosta, Alamitos; Parker Moore, Bell; Gabriel Langinbelik, Fitz; and Jernail Dhillon, Walton.  The $10,000 scholarship awarded to the Angels Scholars is contingent upon a commitment to remain in the AVID program for the four years in high school and to apply and be accepted to a four-year university.


Thirty AVID seniors from Garden Grove Unified School District were awarded more than $630,000 in college scholarships during the 2017 AVID Senior Standout Recognition & Scholarship Presentation hosted on April 25 by the Orange County Department of Education.  The event also recognizes one impressive Senior Standout from each high school from AVID programs across Orange County.

Senior standout students from GGUSD included Karina Ta, Bolsa Grande High School; Perla Flores, Garden Grove High School; Alejandra Morales Mora, La Quinta High School, Ashley Sotelo, Los Amigos High School; Helena Huynh, Pacifica High School; Michelle Cardenas, Rancho Alamitos High School; and Edith Jimenez, Santiago High School.

GGUSD students received $630,250 in AVID-supported college scholarships from AVID Orange County Dollars for Scholars, Angels Scholars, Hope International University, and from the Syage Family Fund and Kingston Technology Scholarship via the Orange County Community Foundation AVID Scholarship Fund.



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