Recently, we were extremely proud to celebrate Bolsa Grande High School’s Class of 2018 Valedictorian at the GGUSD District School Board Meeting. Principal Louise Milner had these glowing words to say:
“Good evening President Harden, Members of the Board, Dr. Mafi, staff and community members. It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce Long Ho, Bolsa Grande High School’s Class of 2018 Valedictorian. Long is an exceptional individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, academics and community service. He has continually pursued challenging coursework by enrolling in Advanced Placement and Honors courses throughout his high school career, all while maintaining an impressive academic GPA of a 4.35. READ FULL TEXT----->
Congratulations, Andrew Vu Nguyen! BGHS sophomore Andrew is the only representative from GGUSD to be accepted into the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony. He is currently serving as the symphony’s Bb soprano clarinet, A soprano clarinet, Bb bass clarinet, and Eb baritone saxophone player.
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What does the future hold? Class of 2018 come celebrate the future Tuesday, May 22 at 11 am in the east gym. There will be a panelist of alumni sharing their experiences about real life after Bolsa Grande High School. There will also be photos, cake, and fun!
The Bolsa Grande STEM club continues to steamroll the competition, securing a 1ST Place win at UCI this weekend at the MESA Engineering California Championship. Next stop? Philadephia! Temple University College of Engineering hosts this high-level competition, showcasing the best of the MESA National Engineering Design Competition (NEDC) teams. The BGHS team will be flown out to compete at this next level in June.
This semester, the BGHS STEM team designed and created an original “Document Organizing System” that was made to fit as part of the Human-Centered Design approach of engineering. READ FULL STORY -->
U.S. News & World Report, widely acknowledged as an expert in education rankings, has announced the 2018 Best High Schools and BGHS is again among the elite schools that qualify for the “Best High Schools” Silver. Less than 30% of our nation's schools qualify to become a “Best High School,” and this recognition honors the very best in education. The U.S. News rankings showcase public schools at the state and national level that best serve the entire student body, including disadvantaged populations. Specifically, rankings focus on graduation rates and state proficiency tests, and it has been determined that students at the approximately 6,000 Best High Schools (out of more than 20,00 schools analyzed) graduate at an average 15 percent higher than students at schools nationwide that do not qualify READ FULL TEXT---->
At the 2018 UCI Performance Engineering Project Competition, Bolsa Grande High School received a 2nd place award, outperforming twelve other schools including two colleges. Student attendees on April 28th included: Omar Alegria, Edgar Gurrola, Gregory Mateo and Michael Sieve. Students that were involved with the build were the following: Obed Garcia, Steve Luna, Justin Nguyen, Josue Ontiveros, Jonathan Perez, Vincent Perez, and Christian Shellum.
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Congratulations to Bolsa Grande Drum Line who competed in the American Drum Line Association Championships at Azusa Pacific University. We placed eighth out of forty-two schools in Southern California. The win marks a continuation of Drum line's storied excellence and history here at Bolsa. Over the past four years, Drum Line has qualified for multiple championships placing in the top 12% of Southern California. Congratulations again, Matadors!
Janel Nguyen, a graduating Senior at Bolsa Grande High School, has been honored at the highest level for her exceptional athletic abilities. After receiving Bolsa Grande’s “Female Athlete of the Year,” the Orange County Athletic Directors Association (OCADA) awarded Nguyen the "Garden Grove League Female Athlete of the Year," establishing her as the most accomplished female athlete in the entire Garden Grove league READ FULL STORY ----->
Recently, some of our very own Matadors helped bring Native American culture and tradition alive at the "21st Annual Rancho Days Fiesta" in Heritage Hill Historical Park. The powerful performance of authentic dance and dress was broadcast on the local KTLA Morning News and included, among others, Bolsa Grande students Ba’ac Garcia, Nanabah Kadenehii, and mother Lupe Lopez.
The eight-person troupe performs not only throughout our community but also at California Indian reservations and Native American reservations nationwide. SEE FULL STORY W PICS AND VIDEO---->
It is an exciting time to be a student! On a field trip to Newport Beach's Back Bay, Jerid Johnson's AP Environmental Science kids explored hands-on learning activities designed to bring classroom science to the real world.
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Earlier this week, the BGHS Vietnamese Student Association, led by VSA President Dustin Tran and show director Lena Pham, won second place in the SBTN annual Tiệng Viêt Mến Yêu variety TV show. The Saigon Broadcasting Television Network is headquartered in our very own Garden Grove and has been celebrating Vietnamese culture for over ten years. CLICK TO SEE MORE ----->
Students and staff alike were fascinated by a recent classroom virtual reality experience that took them to the Colorado River Aqueduct. Students in Mr. Jerid Johnson's AP Environmental Science class used VR headsets to immerse themselves in the virtual tour while learning about science in a wholly engaging new way. CLICK TO SEE ALL THE FUN---->
In April, Bolsa Grande’s Winter Guard kept up their four-year winning streak with a bronze medal win at the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) Championship. Overseen by Mr. John Miller, Instrumental Music Director, and coaches Tina Do and Kathy Trang, our BGHS Winterguard is an award-winning ensemble that performs and competes during the winter and spring season. READ FULL ARTICLE ------>
Congratulations to Bolsa Grande High School’s very own STEM Club, advised by Mr. Ryan Tonthat, who placed first at the National Engineer Design Competition this April. This annual, hands-on engineering competition is aligned with the California State Board of Education and Next Generation Science Standards and is facilitated by the national organization MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement). MESA, an organization that focuses on disadvantaged students, has helped thousands of youth to become engineers, scientists, and mathematicians in the STEM field. READ FULL ARTICLE -------------->
On Tuesday, April 24th, the AVID Team went to the OCDE AVID Senior Scholarship Recognition Ceremony at UCI. According to Maryana Massoud, AVID Coordinator,
"It is always such an amazing night where we get to hear all the amazing and inspiring stories of high school students who persevere through crazy trials and achieve their dreams. They also get to be awarded with lots of free money!!"
Congratulations go out to Tiffany Guyot, Viet Pham, and Nadyah Shah!
The Bolsa Grande Theatre Arts is proud to present our spring play, Fourteen Lines. Performances will be held Thursday, May 3rd, at 3:30 PM and Friday, May 4th, at 3:30 & 7:00 PM in room 407, the Bolsa Black Box Theater. Don't miss this compelling and important play!
Every year, the Garden Grove Unified School District honors our students’ visual arts achievements by showcasing exceptional student work at the GGUSD "First Impressions Student Art Exhibit". Earlier this week, after judging hundreds of outstanding pieces of artwork sent in from K-12 students, GGUSD awarded Bolsa Grande’s own JieQi Yan the “President of the School Board” award. Yan, who is enrolled in Mrs. Mindy Cherri's Ap 2-D Studio class, created the award-winning work "Children of Ethnic Minorities" in oil and gold leaf. It is a visually arresting piece in triptych format, which is traditionally three separate pieces of art designed to be displayed together. Yan's portfolio concentration is on children of multiple ethnicities, their beauty, and their challenges. READ FULL ARTICLE -------->
Bolsa Art Students recently spent the day at "Imaginology," a S.T.E.A.M. Expo [Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Mathematics] held a the Orange County Fair and Event Center. After viewing an informative tech presentation, Bolsa students participated in a wide range of fun and hands-on educational activities designed to inspire and encourage academic and career exploration.
Jake Shimabukuro, famous ukulele musician, spent time at Bolsa Grande High School last week to share his talents with students with special needs. Shimabukuro, who is internationally famous for his musical ukulele talent and currently tours to sold out concert arenas throughout the country, created a foundation in 2015 that gives back to the community. Shimabukuro’s goal is to bring music to students, and make the dream of expanding music programs throughout public education a reality.
Bolsa Grande freshmen recently completed a six-week law school experience through a unique partnership between the high school and the Saturday Academy of Law (SAL) program at the University of California, Irvine.
Bolsa Grande teacher Greg Shadid teaches the class with support from UCI undergraduate teaching assistants and UCI law students. SAL is providing ninth grade students with the opportunity to improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while learning more about the legal profession and higher education opportunities.