Rhiann is recognized by the LA County Poet Laureate Program!
John makes waves at St. John Bosco
John McCovey (‘21) is a sophomore at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower where he is a member of the Entrepreneurship Pathway, an Ivy League inspired course study designed in collaboration with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as a Bosco Student Ambassador, became a founding member of the Black Student Union, and joined the Environmental Club. Learning about recycling at WNS led John to suggest bringing a recycling program to the school. Bosco Recycles was introduced on Earth Day 2023. There are now several new recycle bins around the 35-acre campus. The Club also planted a peach tree.
John was also recently selected to attend the Wall Street 101 summer program on the campus of Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts with fellow WNS classmate, Logan Pagani (‘21). The competitive one-week experiential opportunity is for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in global finance, investing, stocks, bonds, currencies, and commodities.
John credits Mr. McLaughlin’s Investment Club elective as the start of his interest in the world of finance and investing.
Zoe Leads the Charge on Affinity Groups
Zoe Anaya (‘20) is a Junior at Marymount High School and is a Staff Writer at the school newspaper, The Anchor. She recently wrote a fantastic article titled, What Are Alliance and Affinity Groups, and Why Should You Join One? In the article she explains Marymount’s initiative to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion with the implementation of alliance and affinity groups during the school schedule in addition to the lunchtime clubs or organizations. Zoe was an active supporter and member of affinity groups while at WNS. She states in the article that, “Not only do you have the ability to help others by listening, but you also gain the perspective of others which is capital. The future depends on people who can use empathy, and if joining an alliance or affinity group could promote that at an early age, the future is already at a great start.” To read the full article, click here.
Johannes Reflects on WNS
Johannes Austin (‘21) is a Sophomore at St. John Bosco High School. He recently wrote in to tell us about his favorite WNS moments and we are so thrilled! His favorite WNS memory is Fitness for Fun day. It was always a blast to be outside with my Family Group (Shout out Family Group 8) and playing fun games. His favorite WNS teacher was Señora Paul. He said that ever since he joined her immersion program all the way back in the 3rd grade she has turned me into a better Spanish speaker. This took him all the way to join the Spanish 2 Honors class at his high school. Lastly, he said that the number one thing that makes him happy about being a WNS alum is the overall impact that WNS has made on his life academically and physically by striving to make him a better person everyday.
Sydney & The Aardvark Authors
Sydney Moses (‘17) is currently a sophomore at Beloit College in WI. Her poem, An Abridgement of the Ground Pig, was recently published in the second issue of Parakeet Magazine. Click here to check out her work! She is working towards a double major in anthropology and creative writing. Her dream is to be an English teacher so she can inspire others to love reading and writing as much as she does. She loves all animals, but the aardvark is her favorite and she is constantly inspired by them. She and her friends even run a creative writing club at school called The Aardvark Authors.
Marley Takes State Championship!
Marley Barrow’Bell (‘20) is a Junior at St. John Bosco High School. Marley is an honor student and played Offensive Line on the Varsity Football team. The team is a part of Division 1 that went on to win the CIF Football Championship, the California State Prep Football Championship, and was named the #1 ranked football team in the USA for the 2022 season. Marley will be a Senior next year and hopefully on the launch pad for some great opportunities for college. He came to WNS in the seventh grade when his mother, Tanya, joined the faculty and staff. Marley jumped into the community feet first and quickly joined the WNS flag football team along with many other activities.
Josh recognized for award-winning baseball season
Josh Hirsch (‘19) Josh was recently featured in the Westchester Living magazine for his award winning baseball season in the Spring.
The article, titled, Josh Hirsch, Vistamar MVP, Knows How to Move Past Mistakes, discusses his work ethic and what he enjoys most on the field. Last season, Josh pitched a no-hitter which is no small feat. A no-hitter is a rare accomplishment for a pitcher. There have only been 317 thrown in MLB history since 1876, an average of about two per year.
This goes to show you that practice really makes perfect. Not only did he pitch a no-hitter but he was named the team’s MVP, made the CIF-SS Baseball Coastal All-League First Team and was nominated for All-League MVP. He is currently Senior at Vistamar Academy and is patiently awaiting his last season on the school’s Varsity baseball team. We can’t wait to hear how things play out for Josh this season and beyond!
Zoie is honored with Finer Womanhood Rising Award
Zoie Brogdon (‘19) – Zoe was recently honored with the prestigious Finer Womanhood Rising Award for her equestrian accomplishments at the 2022 Zeta Phi Beta sorority Grand Boule in Philadelphia, PA. Overcoming her nerves, and speaking before more than 7,000 members of Zeta Phi Beta, friends and honored guests, Zoie took to the stage to receive her beautiful customized glass award presented to her by the esteemed International President – Valerie Hollingsworth Baker. Zoe’s family is not in any way affiliated with Zeta Phi Beta, and was sought out independently by this phenomenal organization. Click here to see Zoie’s speech.
Soon after Zoie entered her creative work into a UCLA program called the Young Black Change makers (YBC). According to the program, Young Black Change makers are youth identifying as Black who are actively engaged in social or political change. In other words, they are civically engaged. Civic engagement can take many different forms for youth, and any activity that reflects passion and commitment to social or political change.
The YBC was doing a search for any Black young person between ages 13 to 18 to contribute a reflection for a book called Young Black Changemakers and the Road to Racial Justice, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2023. This book is based on interviews with 43 Black youth who are highly civically engaged and working toward social and community change in many ways. The purpose of the book is to document these youth’s experiences and how and why Black youth become change-makers. They selected a maximum of 15 pieces of artwork and two of Zoie’s pieces were selected. Her work and name will end up in the published book!
We are excited for Zoie to add this to her growing list of social impact projects. She is planning for her solo art exhibition in October and hopes that her WNS community will attend. Details to come! Zoie is currently a Senior at Crossroads.
Clara Graduates From Tufts!
Clara Etchegaray (‘14) recently graduated with a major in International Relations Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University. We are so proud of Clara and happy to have been a part of her educational journey!