Nogales High School Student Named Edison International Scholar
$40,000 Scholarship for Career in STEM
Nogales High School Senior Nestor Mandujano is an Edison International Scholar Recipient and in addition, has accepted a full-ride scholarship to Harvey Mudd College.
Nogales High School Senior Nestor Mandujano is the recipient of the Edison International Scholarship, where he will be awarded a $40,000 scholarship to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). He is one of 30 local seniors to receive this award, and this is the second consecutive year that Nogales High School has had a winner. All 30 Edison scholars will be celebrated in a virtual reception on May 21, 2021.

“I thought I was on another online interview,” said Mandujano, who lives in La Puente. “Suddenly, the team from Edison surprised me by saying I was the winner. I could not believe it! It is such an incredible honor to have been selected as one of the 2021 Edison Scholars and it will change my life,” said Mandujano. “The award will provide more financial stability for me because I know where my funding will be coming from. I will also have a community in my fellow Edison Scholars who will also be pursuing STEM degrees and in the representatives of Edison International.”

In addition to this scholarship, Mandujano has received a full-ride scholarship to Harvey Mudd College, where he will study engineering in the fall. He is an AP student and is very involved on the Nogales High School campus as President of the Environmental Club, active in the Folklorico Club, the National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society, is a tutor with the Math Club, and has participated in the California Scholarship Federation. He is also a SCS Noonan Scholar and Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project scholar.

“I want to thank so many of my teachers and counselors who have helped me not only academically, but personally. I appreciate the support I received from my math teacher
Mr. Manso, English teachers Mrs. Lawrence and Ms. Corp, Ricardo Ramirez and Mrs. Kim.”

Since 2006, more than $12 million in scholarships have been awarded to 700 high school seniors through the Edison Scholars Program. Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, is one of the largest corporate philanthropic contributors in Southern California. The Edison Scholars Program is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders. SCE customers’ utility bill payments do not fund company donations.

Upcoming seniors are encouraged to apply to be a 2022 Edison Scholar. Applications open October 2021 and more information can be found at ENERGIZED.EDISON.COM.
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RUSD Classified Employee of the Year:
Rodrigo Blanquel, Santana High School
RUSD Administrator of the Year:
Rosana McLeod, District Office/Purchasing
RUSD Teacher of the Year:
Ashley McGrath, Rowland Elementary
Stephanie Mejia (Blandford)
Sandra Batres-Martinez (Hollingworth)
Richard Sun (Hurley)
Victor Preciado (Jellick)
Viridiana Cedeno (Killian)
Deborah Robles (Northam)
Maria Mendez (Rorimer)
Amanda Avila (Rowland El)
Pedro Armendariz (Shelyn)
Rosana Sarinana (Villacorta)
Suavapa Patchrint (Yorbita)
Douglas Corris (Oswalt)
Marco Maldonado (Telesis)
Claudia Guzman (Ybarra)
Yvette Zuniga (Alvarado)
Sandra Rodriguez (Giano)
Jova Bovadilla (Nogales HS)
Beatriz Valiente (Rowland HS)
Rodrigo Blanquel (Santana HS)
Elsa Castanon (RACE)
Norma Gonzalez (District Office)
Carla Castro (Transportation)
Art Del Rio (Building Services)
Juana Gandara (Nutrition Services)
Suzanne Wong (Blandford)
Stephanie McCallie (Hollingworth)
Maria Rios (Hurley)
Tania Soo (Jellick)
Karyn Formano (Killian)
Vanessa Salas (Northam)
Adriana Ramos (Rorimer)
Ashley McGrath (Rowland El)
Kristine Ruud (Shelyn)
Maria Coronel (Villacorta)
Olga Bermudez (Yorbita)
Raquel Bahena (Oswalt)
Linda Hill (Telesis)
Monica Gutierrez (Ybarra)
Doreen Lucero (Alvarado)
Erika Hernandez (Giano)
Tiffany Tay (Nogales HS)
Raymond Saenz (Rowland HS)
Steve Feldman (Santana HS)
Melissa Baumunk (RACE)
Rosanne Forgette (District Office)

Ethan Chen
Angela Yu
Charlene Poon
Rowland High School's Academic Decathlon Team moved on to the State Competition and placed 20th out of 78 schools and students brought home more medals.
Congratulations to the Rowland High School Academic Decathlon Team for placing fourth in the prestigious Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon Competition and then moving on to the state finals. Rowland High School Social Studies Teacher and Team Advisor, Matt Cole, reported that Rowland High School placed 20th out of 78 schools at the state competition that took place in March.

The following students earned medals and recognition for their scores:
  • Ethan Chen - Highest Scoring Decathlete at Rowland High School - Gold Medal and Science - Bronze Medal
  • Angela Yu - Essay - Bronze Medal
  • Charleen Poon - Essay - Bronze Medal

“I am so proud of the commitment, hard work, and perseverance this year's team put into the program,” said Cole. “It was a very trying and challenging year with COVID-19 and social distancing, but the team worked together, supported each other, and stepped forward to meet the challenge. I could not have asked for a better group of decathletes. It has been a pleasure to work with them and see them grow.” 
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Rowland Unified was featured for its innovative Kindergarten Care & Connect Program by KTTV-Fox News reporter Bob Decastro on both "Good Day L.A." and the KTTV-TV Fox Noon News on April 7. Watch these great features that spotlight the work of the entire Rowland Unified team of teachers and staff across the District for coming together during virtual learning to keep our youngest learners connected and instill a love of reading and writing with our powerful author program.
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