Many of Hollywood High School’s brightest and most talented graduating seniors were recognized on June 2 at the Achieved the Honorable awards ceremony in the school’s auditorium. The evening recognized their achievements in art, music, performing arts, STEM and math. Principal Samuel Dovlatian and head counselor Cynthia Cobb cheered on the honorees.
Jimena Lopez-Caballero, Hollywood High School’s 2022 class president, led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by musician and singer Citlalie Parungao performing “What The World Needs Now.” Students Ashley Castillo Hernandez and Carlos Rendon hosted the scholarship presentations. Hernandez welcomed Mike Lopez, director of Los Angeles City College’s Upward Bound Program, who acknowledged and honored 16 students who have participated in the program since the ninth grade.
Hernandez is an Upward Bound program participant. Each student in the program must complete secondary education and enroll and graduate from a two- or four-year college. Other students who completed the program included Enkhsaruul Bathuyag, who is attending the University of California, Santa Barbara in the fall; Ester Curiel, who will attend UCLA; and Dinithi V. Jayakody and Tiyrah V. Miller, who will be attending the University of California. Berkeley.
Bathuyag received the Jack White Scholarship for her dedication in music. The award was presented by White’s daughter, Jill Weinlein, in honor of her father, who graduated from Hollywood High School in 1950. Weinlein, who is the restaurant writer for the Beverly Press and Park Labrea News, said her father was a jazz pianist who performed in many clubs during a lengthy career in music. She added that when her father passed away last year at the age of 89, she wanted to tell the story of how music was instrumental throughout his life. She created the Jack White Scholarship in his honor to recognize music students at Hollywood High School.
Other students receiving awards were Joseph Rojas Chavez, Giovanni Lopez, Alexander Flores and Srilom Sakunit, who each received the Alice and Dick Rippey Memorial Scholarship. Dinithi Jayakody received the Aldonia LaVerne Fisher Memorial Scholarship for achievement in ESL education, and Jose Gonzalez Medina received the Mardi Mardirossian Scholarship for achievement in education.
The Jerry D. Melton Performance Scholarship was awarded to Kiya Ashley, Belen Cruz received the J.F. Morales Scholarship and Diego Palomares received the Marina Dovlatian Memorial Scholarship. Veronica Torres Arevelo was honored with the Wayne Smith Scholarship and Tiyrah Miller received the Keith Kuhn Memorial Scholarship.
The Math Scholarship went to Ernest Baghdasaryan, and Lukas Lewis received the Nikki Martin Memorial Scholarship. Jake Delarosa was honored with the Perry Goering Scholarship and Desmond Hunt received the Real Don Steele Scholarship.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Scholarships was awarded to Rachel Grant, Cooper Miller and Nicolas Gutierrez-Garcia. Erik Paxtor received the Don Moreno Scholarship, Luis Bautista earned the Alumni Art Scholarship, Elizabeth Voloshin and Christian Roque received the Alumni Scholastic Scholarship, Heidy Gonzalez received the Alumni Athletic Scholarship and Madison Moore was awarded the Alumni Performing Arts Scholarship.
Hollywood High school’s graduation ceremonies were held on June 6 at the Hollywood Bowl. For information, visit hollywoodhighschool.net.
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