Today, at the WCCUSD School Board Meeting, all of the 29 Ivy League Connection participants were presented to the community as the ILC class of Summer 2010. The evening was a vivid reminder that when we travel to the East Coast we will be representing our respective cities and district as a whole. Therefore, we will be required to put our best foot forward and make a good, lasting impression of WCCUSD.
The Cornell group was the first to be presented and were then followed by introductions of the students (and chaperones) attending Columbia, Brown, and Yale. Overall I thought the entire night was a wonderful tribute to the Ivy League Connection. Along with the introductions of the 29 students that are going this year, the evening was commemorated with testimonies from previous ILC students. Cristina Pelayo, Yohanna Pepa, and Matt Arciniega all gave wonderful presentations about what they learned at their summer programs last year, and how the ILC has helped them as they entered their senior year and the labyrinth of college admissions. Furthermore, at the board meeting, the ILC sponsors were honored for their financial support of the program. They have contributed so much and are absolutely essential to the success of the ILC. Concluding the ILC segment of the meeting were the School Board member’s comments, and a special recognition of the parents. The meeting took a 5 minute intermission for the group photo.
Overall, the evening was very interesting and it was wonderful to see all of the ILC students together for the first time. It was also very rewarding to receive the beautiful certificate that acknowledged my coming participation in the ILC this summer.