Goodbye Class of 2021| May 2021
A Note from Stephanie
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A Note From Stephanie

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Dear Class of 2021 -

As you get ready to close this chapter of your life and say your final goodbyes to Miramonte, I want to take a moment to say it has been a true pleasure working with you this year. For many of you, we met for the first time in August, unsure of what the year might bring, where you might get into college, or what other plans you might pursue. Nine months later, you have figured it out. All the list building, essay editing, test-taking, and applications have landed you here—exactly where you are meant to be. Own it! Be proud of what you have accomplished!  Whether it is taking a gap year, entering the military, getting a job, or going to college - you have a plan. Congratulations!  

At the beginning of the school year, I told you I would be by your side through it all, until you were ready to let go. And now here we are. Time has flown and the year did not go the way any of us could have predicted. Regardless, it is your time to soar and let the world see what you are made of.
I wish all of you the best of luck. You have worked hard, so make sure to appreciate your accomplishments, be proud of who you are, and get excited for what's to come!

All the best,
Stephanie Brady
College and Career Center Director

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The Time for Transition is Upon You...
advice on how to navigate your next steps
The end of high school is upon you and it is a time to celebrate your accomplishments, resilience, friendships, and more. It is an opportunity for reflection and a moment to appreciate how far you have come. For many, it is the moment you have been anticipating for a long time. The excitement of it all is coupled with the unknown of what lies ahead.  

Transition to life after high school will impact all of you in different ways, some bigger than others. Over the next several months you will receive many pieces of advice from those you love and those you just met. Parents might feel the pressure to cram every lesson about adulting into the next three months, however, I want to give you some smaller tips that will provide a great foundation for your next steps.

It’s ok to speak up. Be kind, but be true to yourself!

College work will ebb and flow, but there are not as many opportunities to
showcase your knowledge so when you do, make it count.

Unlike high school, there is a lot of unplanned time in college.
Think about the best ways to spend it.
Create a calendar to hold yourself accountable and
be sure to incorporate time to study, exercise, eat, sleep
and hang out with friends.

Becoming an adult is tough. You're not expected to have all
the answers so allow yourself some grace to grow.

It is the best way to meet people. You never know when
your next friend might cross your path.

College is full of opportunities. Try something new
every semester. It can be social or academic.
The old saying “you never know till you try” is relevant here.

While you are off creating your new life they are at home missing you.
Reach out and share your new adventures with them.
Some families like to have a regular weekly check-in while others
are ok with it being more organic—decide what works
best for you and your family before you leave.

Spending money can go quickly. Budgeting your money will
help keep you on track and will teach you a valuable life lesson.

You're in a new place with new people and lots of Independence.
Make sure you use the buddy system (remember kindergarten)
and watch out for each other.

Transition is never easy. Remember this journey is yours.
Own it! Keep pushing through because you CAN do this!

Adulting means knowing when to reach out for help versus trying to
do it on your own. Everyone needs a support system in life,
using yours shows strength. 

There is a delicate balance between too much and not enough. 
Understand what you need and create a balance for yourself. 
Remember this is different for everyone, so own yours.

In the end, know that you already achieved success in life. The skills you have honed over the last eighteen years will continue to serve you well. Lean in and enjoy this next stage of your journey. You will be great and remember, how you handle what happens next is more important than what happens. You got this! 
Insider Tips
Bed, Bath and Beyond
When you sign up for a BB&B account, students receive 20% off any purchase as long as they are enrolled in college or graduate school. Student ID is required. Any order can be placed on the BB&B website and picked up at a location nearest to your school. This is especially helpful for those who will be traveling by plane to college. Should you be driving, it also frees up space in the car. Create a registry today! Register for Bed Bath & Beyond College Registry

Amazon Prime Student
Amazon Prime Student is a Prime membership program created for college students. As a Prime Student member, you receive a six-month trial that includes Free Two-Day Shipping on over 50 million items, unlimited streaming of Prime movies and TV shows, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos, exclusive deals and savings, and more! After your six-month trial ends, your Prime Student membership makes you eligible to receive 50% off Amazon Prime and includes access to all Prime benefits. Join Prime Student today!

Mama Bear Legal Forms
Mama Bear is an online resource for parents and students to complete medical and financial Power of Attorney for a nominal fee. This allows parents the right to obtain medical and financial information in times of emergency. The website also provides HIPAA release forms.

Family Transition Articles
These articles cover everything from saying goodbye to how to stay connected without overstepping. This is a big change for everyone in your family, but you are not alone in your thoughts and feelings.

Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Life Skills in 31 Days
Becoming an adult can be challenging, but, as with most things in life, the more prepared you are, the better the transition. Learn these 31 skills, and you will be ready to face the world.
Celebrating Your Accomplishments
Scholarship Winners
Each year Mirmamonte students have the opportunity to apply to multiple local scholarships. Recipients are determined either by the offering organization or through the newly formed Scholarship Committee. The selection process is always difficult because of the numerous outstanding applicants. This year was no different. Please join us in congratulating our winners.

Orinda Rotary Scholarship - Awarded to a student with strong academics, extracurricular, and community service. Congratulations Aine Flynn and Cassie Hopkin

Orinda Rotary STEM Scholarship - Awarded to an MHS student who demonstrates exceptional interest and ability in chemistry, biology, physics, technology, or math. Congratulations Drugan Brady

McCarthy Scholarship: Awarded to a student who demonstrates transformative leadership in life: Grace Barmmer

AAUW Scholarship - For women student leaders. Congratulations Chaya Tong 

Harriet Scholarship - Awarded to students who have shown strong resilience or perseverance. Congratulations Josh Morganstein and Leilah Hodges

Orinda Woman's Club Scholarship - Awarded to a high school female who has exhibited outstanding leadership. Congratulations Chloe Lai and Madeline Giron

Joseph Daugherty Scholarship - In honor of Joseph Daugherty, who was actively involved in athletics, leadership, and clubs. Congratulations Audrey Allen

Kiwanis Scholarship - For distinguished community service and leadership. Congratulations Chaya Tong

Ernie Voigt Memorial Scholarship - For an athlete of any Miramonte sport who exhibits talent, positivity, and leadership. Congratulations Mina Jenab (lacrosse)

Will Newton Award - For a Miramonte baseball and/or softball player who exhibits talent, positivity, and leadership. Congratulations Wade Beury (baseball) and Ellie Sinha (softball)

Moraga Rotary Al Simonsen Scholarship - In memory of Al Simonsen and awarded to athletes who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and community service. Congratulations Matthew Lyons and Madeline Giron.

Additionally, many of our seniors have received merit awards from colleges and other organizations. Congratulations to all of you!
California Scholarship Federation
The California Scholarship Federation, CSF, is an honor society at Miramonte that acknowledges students' academic achievement. Eligibility is determined through a point system based on course load and semester grades. Students must apply for membership each semester and have been members during four of their last six semesters of high school to receive Lifetime Membership. Congratulations to the 96 seniors who achieved this honor.
Department Awards
Every year the teachers come together and select seniors who have been exemplary in their achievements, perseverance, and commitment to a subject. Please join us in congratulating this year's Department Award Winners. Their accomplishments were shared at Time of Reflection.

Math: Edwin Yu

English: Annika Gubser, Shannon Lipp and Chaya Tong

Social Science: Roenigk Straub, Ryan Gottschalk and Isabella Deanhardt

Science: Drugan Brady

Computer Science: Will Hollerbach

Spanish: Joshua Morganstein, Sofia Gamboa, Mina Jenab, and Aia Zabetian

Mandarin: Lu Sylvester

French: Lucy Wilson

Multi-Language: Edrick Wang

Latin: Cassie Hopkin and Cara Holden

Ann Bisio Award for Latin: Xander Deanhardt and Cara Holden

Special Education: Rhys Bubrick and Lily Grenning

Tech Ed: Lily Grenning and Desiree Randall

Craftsperson of the Year: Lanie Pritchard

Symphonic and Jazz Band: Alyssa Angsupanich and Zackery Essex

Artist of the Year: Leilah Hodges

Principal's Award: Mina Jenab, Zion Mayo, and Ava Moran
NCAA Athletes
This year Miramonte has 31 seniors who have athletic commitments. The twenty-one female and ten male athletes represent 11 different sports. We wish you continued success. Congratulations!
Books of Interest
In Other News
UC Weighs Limited Tuition
Increase for Fall 2022

The University of California is weighing a tuition increase for incoming students beginning in fall 2022, but the proposal faced widespread student opposition and sharp questions from regents Thursday.

Ethical College Admissions: 'Rejectivity'
In this opinion piece, Jim Jump considers a new term for the colleges that reject just about all of their applicants.

UC Drops ACT and SAT Scores for Admission and Scholarships
The University of California will no longer consider SAT or ACT scores through 2025 to settle a lawsuit.

Helpful Resources
Miramonte College and Career Website