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Board of Education Student Recognitions







The Rowland Unified School District Board of Education held its first virtual board meeting on April 16. ( CLICK HERE to listen to the audio archive). The following students were recognized for their accomplishments:
VILLACORTA SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: Villacorta was the school spotlight at the April 16 Board of Education Meeting.
NOGALES NOBLE REGIMENT BAND performed in the 2020 London's New Year's Day Parade! The Nogales Noble Regiment, under the direction of Brad Pollock, were one of only four bands from California represented in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 
For the first time, band and color guard students from across the Rowland Unified School District (along with Noble alumni) joined the Nogales Noble Regiment Band to perform in the 2020 London's New Year's Day Parade, more fondly known by Londoners as LNYDP.
GIANO CHEER JAMZ NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: In just two short years, Coach Angel Martinez has established Giano Cheer as a national powerhouse. Her leadership qualities have made a lasting impact on Gladiators by instilling in them a sense of commitment, determination and sisterhood.  Congratulations to the coach and students for earning back to back JAMZ National Championship awards!
ALVARADO MATHCOUNTS TEAM: Mathcounts is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. The Alvarado Intermediate School Mathcounts Team participated in the East San Gabriel Valley Chapter competition in February and placed 2nd overall, along with student individual awards. Congratulations to teacher Linda Kim and the Mathcounts Team!
ROWLAND HIGH SCHOOL HAS TWO NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS
Congratulations to Milo Chang and Ethan Hsu for being named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists .The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. In February 2020, Semifinalists who met academic and other requirements were notified that they advanced to Finalist standing. From the 15,000 students who advanced as Finalists, the two Rowland High School Raiders advanced as Finalists. These distinguished students will now be considered to receive a National Merit Scholarship.
NOGALES STUDENTS IN SKILLS USA ROBOTICS COMPETITION: The Skills USA Robotics and Automation Technology competition challenges two person teams to demonstrate operation of a five-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a simulated production process problem. Teams are judged on efficiency, speed and teamwork. Zach and Chloe Silva (above) received the silver medal for the second year in a row. Robert Johnson and Yves Forsulo won the bronze medal. Congratulations to all four Nogales High School students who have qualified for the State Competition.
Telesis Academy Students Bring Home Awards in Science Olympiad Competition
The Science Olympiad is a regional competition held between teams of students representing elementary, middle and high schools. This competition is devoted to improving the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It recognizes outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. All activities are rigorous, academic, interscholastic and consists on a series of events that must be effectively executed in order to gain points.

The Telesis Academy students earned bronze, silver and gold medals. Congratulations to Science Olympiad teachers, Lin He Shin, Michelle Du, Francisca Ortiz-Smith and Josephine Wu-Diokno and the Telesis Academy Science Olympiad Teams for their outstanding accomplishments!
Raiders Score Big at Future Business Leaders of America Competition
FBLA is a national leadership and business-education oriented organization that offers leadership opportunities and competitions in business topics. This year, the Rowland High School chapter sent 43 competitors to the Southern Section competition. More than 620 students from 21 schools competed at the event.  RHS took 5th place in the overall Sweepstakes Award while competing against schools with over 100 competitors. There were 26 students who qualified to advance to the state competition by placing in the top six for their event.
Congratulations to advisors Caroline Manookian and Dan Luna and the Rowland High School FBLA team for their outstanding performance.
ROWLAND HIGH SCHOOL'S ACADEMIC DECATHLON TEAM: Beginning in June 2019, Rowland High School’s Academic Decathlon team began practicing and studying for the 38th Annual Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon Competition. Rowland High School competed against 39 other schools from Los Angeles County and came in 8th place in their division and 10th place overall. For their hard work, commitment, and dedication the team also received 16 individual medals, including one gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals.

Congratulations to Advisor Matthew Cole and the team for their outstanding accomplishments:

Students
Ethan Lo
Andrew Dominguez
Melody Lo
Charlene Poon
Anna Wu
Dylan Tsou
James Elizarraraz
Kimberly Cedeno
Ethan Chen
NOGALES AND ROWLAND AUTOMOTIVE STUDENTS: On Wednesday, January 22, five automotive students from Rowland Unified participated in the annual Rio Hondo College Automotive Skills Competition. Nine local schools participated in events that tested student’s automotive abilities. Anthony Martinez, an 11 th grader from Nogales High School earned a 1 st place award and Jesus Gomez, Andrew Meacham, Hunter Waltz and Kenneth Mc Neely from Rowland High School finished in 2 nd place. Congratulations to automotive teachers Ed Martin and Raymond Alvarado and their students for their outstanding accomplishments.
Fantastic Year for Rowland High School Boys & Girls Wrestling
This year was an outstanding year for Rowland High School boys and girls wrestling

Individual Boys Wrestling
The Rowland High School Boys Wrestling Team of Alex Ramirez, Sydney Dizon, Elijah Flores and Alex Huntsinger earned league champion titles. These four wrestlers along with Max Aldana, Fernando Barreto, Yahir Camacho, Logan Juggert, Jonathan Ruiz and Charles Zhou, qualified for the CIF State Championships where Alex Ramirez won the CIF Championship title.

Individual Girls Wrestling
Rowland High School Girls wrestler April Denolo finished 3 rd at league and qualified to compete at State. Cheyenne Bowman won her third consecutive CIF Southern Section League and went on to win her 3 rd consecutive CIF State Championship title.

Congratulations to the Rowland High School wrestlers for their outstanding accomplishments this season and the following coaches:  Camilo Gonzalez (Boys Head Coach), Mark Tafoya (Girls Head Coach), Rick Aguirre and Steven Chavez (Assistant Coaches).
SENIORS! Scholarship Deadlines Extended to April 27!
Rowland Unified is proud to offer many scholarships for our high school seniors and they are now all online. The application deadline has been extended to April 27!
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RUSD Parent & Community Update April 23, 2020
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