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Wednesday
Jun272012

Santa Ana High school grads overcame adversity and are headed to college

 

AGAINST ALL ODDS, 80 SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GRADUATE AND FULFILL COLLEGE DREAMS

Nicholas Academic Centers Graduation Celebration Highlights Local Students Who Overcame Adversity to Achieve the American Dream of Higher Education

WHAT: A group of 80 vibrant, graduating high school students from Santa Ana have three things in common – all have battled through financial hardships, language and cultural barriers, successfully gone through the Nicholas Academic Centers (NACs) program, and in a couple of months are all attending top-tier higher education institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, Denison College and more.

This Saturday, June 9, the 4TH Annual Nicholas Academic Centers’ Graduation Celebration will honor 80 graduating high school students (NAC), who have dedicated 500 hours on average attending an after-school tutoring and mentoring program in Santa Ana.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

NAC Senior Ashley Blanco & Her Team Win the National "Cooking Up Change" Competition in D.C.

June 04, 2012

NAC News Archives

NAC team takes the win on the 'Cooking up Change competition.Some people spend years searching for their passion, trying to find purpose in their actions and take happiness as a reward; others recognize it early on. Whether or not the realization comes quickly or takes years to reveal itself, its arrival lends reason to celebrate. For Nicholas Academic Centers senior Ashley Blanco, the celebration has already begun. After taking a culinary class at Valley High School during her sophomore year, Ashley realized she likes working with her hands, especially in the kitchen. She finds delight in learning new recipes and then switching things up to make them her own. What’s more, she’s good at it.
 
Recently, Ashley and her classmates/teammates, Alex Hernandez and Ivan Lopez capitalized on their culinary skills and entered the “Cooking Up Change” competition, a national campaign created to advocate for “policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.” This is the campaign’s first year in California, an expansion made possible by sponsorships from Kid Healthy and Northgate Markets.
 
The first level of competition took place in March at the state level. For the competition, the team was lead by mentor and celebrity chef, Katy Clark, as well as Valley’s very own culinary instructor, Monica Aguilar. On getting Chef Katy’s help, Ashley states, “She heard about what we were doing, working with limited items to make a nutritional meal that cost less than one dollar in order to be served at school, and she got involved.”

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Walking the (Graduation) Walk Again: Judge Jack K. Mandel is Dr. Mandel Now

May 26, 2012

NAC News Archives

Dr Jack K. Mandel, co-founder of the Nicholas Academic Centers12 years after retiring from the bench, Judge Jack K. Mandel donned the robe once more. Unlike the robe he wore during his 19 years as a Superior Court Judge, however, this robe was of the graduating kind.
 
On Saturday, May 12, the Hon. Jack K. Mandel received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his new alma mater, Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Morningside recognized Judge Mandel with the honorary degree for his work with high school students in Santa Ana, California. During the commencement, Dr. Mandel spoke to more than 250 graduates on the campus lawn in front of the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center. In his speech, Dr. Mandel thanked the board of trustees & the President of Morningside College, his wife Judy for her full-time support, and Dr. Nicholas for his passion & generosity. "Because of what Dr. Nicholas has provided," said the Judge, "[NAC students] will play a prominent role in their community for the next 40 years; they are tomorrow’s leaders."
 
Ten Santa Ana-area high school graduates who were part of the NAC are enrolled at Morningside College with several more to join this fall. Each of their journeys represents a page in the ongoing NAC story.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

The Final Visiting Scholars Series Lecture of the School Year Promises to Leave a Lasting Impression

May 07, 2012

NAC News Archives

The Nicholas Academic Centers' "Chapman University Visiting Scholar Series" returns on Saturday, May 12th. The lecture, titled “Impressions Count:  Business & Professional Skills for Your College Career and Beyond,” is the last Chapman lecture of the season.
 
What does it mean to “communicate”?  Is it giving a speech?  Chatting with a friend?  Using Facebook?  Is “communication” more than just talking and listening?  Are great communicators born or made?  Why do most people take this enormously important capability for granted?  This workshop will explore the critical role and meaning of communicating with others in our everyday lives.  We will place a special focus on how competent communication can serve you as a student and beyond, in business and the professions through the development of skills such as:
 
- Interpersonal communication
- Interviewing
- Presentational speaking
- Using social media, appropriately and effectively
- The effective presentation of self in college application essays, visits, and interviews

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Wednesday
Jun272012

NAC Senior, Katrina Linden, Wins the Heid Scholarship

Katrina Linden, 3rd NAC student to win the coveted Heid Scholarship.The Nicholas Academic Centers are pleased to announce that NAC senior, Katrina Linden, recently won the Heid Scholarship. She is the third NAC student in four years to win the prestigious award.
 
A NAC student since her freshman year in high school, Katrina credits the NAC (in addition to her teachers, counselors, family, and friends) for helping her become the stellar student she is today: “Coming to the NAC definitely helped me develop a lot of different skills; I learned early on that getting good grades and being involved in my community opens up a lot of doors for the future, like this scholarship!”
 
Katrina first heard about the Heid Scholarship during her freshman year when 2009 NAC Alum, Julio Cruz, won the award. Julio’s success inspired Katrina, and she said winning the scholarship “has always just been one of my goals throughout high school.”

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