District Administrator of the Year Video
Watch Our Video honoring RUSD 2022-23 Administrator of the Year, Gregory Perez, Principal of Santana High School.
Congratulations to Santana High School Principal Gregory Perez, who was surprised by RUSD Board Members and Superintendent Dr. Mitchell (pictured below), along with Santana students and staff celebrating his award.
Santana Students Capture Life in Photography Exhibit at Rowland Heights Library
Santana High School students with photography teacher Mr. David Buck.
(Pictured left to right: Roxy Mosqueda, Maelena Enriquez and Delisa Pizano.)
The student photraphy exhibit is on display at Rowland Heights Library until May 28th.
Santana High School photo students gush with excitement as they discuss that for the first time, they will have a photography exhibit at the Rowland Heights County Library. “I wanted to showcase the great work of our Santana students and highlight their artistic side to our community,” said Mr. David Buck, Santana’s photography teacher.

“I love our photography class because you get to see different angles and scenery. It is so much fun and stress relieving too,” said student Delisa Pizano. “Our work on display is taken from class projects. My photograph was a challenge on how creative we could be with capturing ordinary objects like a hair brush. Students are really excited about having our work at the library!”

Student Roxy Mosqueda holds up pictures of her cat that is influenced in the style of Andy Warhol. “My assignment was called color pop. We had to take existing photos and add pops of color to it using digital tools. I have always loved music and anything with art and really enjoy this class.”

“Photography was introduced to me at a very young age,” said student Maelena Enriquez. “We had a family friend that always had his camera with him so I would follow him around at parties and always ask him questions. It wasn’t until I came into this class that I truly realized that this is something I could strive in. Having Mr. Buck there to mentor me made it so much easier to understand.”

The community is invited to come see Santana High School's student photography exhibit that features one photograph per student, 24 pieces in total, displayed at the Rowland Heights County Library until May 28.
Rowland High School Business Students Bring Home Awards
State competitors: (Pictured from left to right top row): Ethan Higuchi, Joshua Kim, Melody Dao, and Helen Ku. (Middle and botom row left to right): Allen Li, Katelyn Chi, Bohan Yang, Ian Szeto, and Gio Guillen.
A small but mighty group of nine students from Rowland High School attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Competition, with co-advisors Caroline Manookian, Peter Jacoy and 1,350 students from 69 schools. This was the FBLA’s first in-person event since 2019.

Allen Li, 10th grader, is the first Rowland FBLA student to take first place at the state level. He earned his award in the Introduction to Business Concepts event. Additional awards earned included: Melody Dao (chapter president) and Joshua Kim taking 4th place in the Entrepreneurship team event; Ian Szeto, Gio Guillen, and Ethan Higuchi placed 7th in the Marketing

Rowland High School student Allen Li is State FBLA Champion
in Intro to Business Concepts.
team event; and Bohan Yang who placed 9th place in Economics.  The following students qualified to compete at the National Competition in Chicago, IL in June: Allen Li, Melody Dao, and Joshua Kim. "John A. Rowland High School students demonstrated their power by applying their knowledge in practice. Their magnificent performance shows our school's dedication to success and high-quality personalized education that strives for excellence," said Jacoy.
The Rowland Raider competitors worked hard all year to have the opportunity to compete at the state level. Manookian said, “None of these students had the experience of in-person competition at the state level and they achieved greatness. Congratulations Raiders!” 
“FBLA for me was such an eye-opening experience, and seeing the amount of young, passionate and talented individuals in a single conference hall amazed me. Going to the workshops and hearing inspirational testimonies from successful adults on how to be a leader within your community, finding out that the person standing next to you could be the next potential CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or even the growing comradery of each team as they passionately poured their hearts out,” said Ethan Higuchi, 10 grader. He continued, “The overwhelming emotions that I personally felt were like nothing before. The roller coaster of emotions of feeling nervous, overjoyed, disappointed, hopeful, and enthusiastic could happen all in a blink of an eye. That's why I love FBLA and what it stands for and its beliefs.”
District String Showcase This Thursday
Our community is invited to come and support the biggest show of the year, the RUSD String Showcase Concert at the Rowland Unified School District Performing Arts Center. Join us this Thursday, May 26 at 7 PM. You can click the link below to purchase tickets or it will be live streamed via YouTube. Enjoy an evening of beautiful music! For more information on RUSD's music programs, visit rusdmusic.org
May 24, 2022 Issue RUSD News Editor gward@rowlandschools.org
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