Recent graduates of KCSOS’s Alternative Education program honored with annual Senior Memorial Awards
Three recent high school graduates from KCSOS’s alternative education program were honored on June 14 with the 2016 Senior Memorial Awards.
Honorees Samuel Mahan, Julissa Trevino and Patrick Aguilar were selected from a pool of 19 nominees and were chosen because they represent specific qualities of Alternative Ed. colleagues who have passed away, but whose legacy and memory still continues to impact students.
The three recipients received a plaque and a $250 scholarship for the next step in their quest for life long learning opportunities.
The awards provide a means for recognizing outstanding achievement by the recipients, many of whom had to overcome extreme hurdles and barriers on their way to graduating from high school.
Tami Gibson Memorial Award
The Tami Gibson Memorial Award for Integrity is given to a student who has exemplified this character trait. Integrity is defined as “having a moral compass that does not waiver.” It means doing the right thing in a reliable way. This award is given in memory and in honor of Mrs. Gibson who showed her integrity daily in the way she interacted with her students and in her dedication to her profession.
Julissa Trevino was nominated enthusiastically by her teachers to receive this award. They felt she was an excellent example of a student who consistently did what she needed to do and remained focused in the midst of challenges and distractions. Her teachers described her as humble, always willing to help other students, and go beyond what she was asked to do in class. Julissa rarely missed school and never made excuses which set her apart from her peers. Julissa has started attending Bakersfield College and plans to major in elementary education.
Jerry Elisondo Memorial Award
The Jerry Elisondo Memorial Award for Empathy is presented in honor and in memory of Mr. Elisondo to a student who exemplifies this trait. Empathy is the ability to identify with another person’s feelings. Jerry always knew how to put himself in his students’ place and how to develop a plan to meet their unique learning needs. He did this with compassion, caring, and a positive outlook.
Samuel Mahan was nominated by his teacher to receive this award because of the empathy and selflessness he has shown toward his brother. His compassion and willingness to help whenever he is needed is truly worthy of this honor. According to his teacher, Samuel integrates humor into his daily life and is planning to study graphic arts at Bakersfield College beginning this fall.
Alton Patterson Memorial Award
The Alton Patterson Memorial Award for Optimism is presented to a student in honor and memory of Mr. Patterson. Optimism is shown through thinking positively and always seeing the bright side of things. Optimism defined how Alton approached every day, every problem, every student. He always saw the best in everyone and his smile and positive energy were contagious.
Patrick Aguilar was nominated by his teacher to receive this award because he has a wonderful work ethic, a positive attitude and he encourages other students. Patrick overcame many challenges to arrive at this day and through his participation in the Kern Youth @ Work – Youth Build program has achieved what he once thought was impossible — graduating from high school.