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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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Wednesday
Jun272012

Say Hello to Santa Ana High School's Newest Junior Class President, Jasmine Davalos

May 07, 2012

NAC News Archives

Santa Ana High School's new Junior Class President, Jasmine Davalos.Nicholas Academic Centers sophomore, Jasmine Davalos, recently won the office of Junior Class President at Santa Ana High School. A veteran of the varsity cross-country team, the junior varsity soccer team, and the varsity track and field team, “running” for office seemed a natural thing for Jasmine to do. In all seriousness, however, she felt her leadership skills would allow her to represent her class effectively and make sure events like the Senior Prom and the Annual Fashion Show are the best they can be. Her teachers agreed, and with their letters of recommendation, she began her candidacy. Jasmine will be placed in ASB next year and start her duties as Junior Class President.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

NAC Senior, Sandra Parra, Earns a Place in UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures

April 16, 2012

NAC News Archives

NAC senior, Sandra Parra performing in UCLA's dance program.It’s true that many talented and driven individuals pass through the Nicholas Academic Centers halls on their way to success in the realm of higher education, but we are especially proud of NAC senior, Sandra Parra, for pursuing her goals and dancing her way into UCLA. In the fall, UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures will welcome Sandra in what we’re sure will be the start of an amazing college experience.  The NAC recently interviewed Sandra to get her perspective on getting into UCLA.
 
NAC: What interested you about UCLA's program over some other programs?
 
Sandra: UCLA's dance program captivated me because the department is titled "World Arts and Cultures". The name of the program reflects exactly what I want in a dance program – exposure to every dance style created all around the world, and the possibility of performing and collaborating with dancers locally and worldwide.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

One Door Closes and Another Opens: Spotlight on NAC Alum Jessica Aquino

April 16, 2012

NAC News Archives

NAC alum, Jessica Aquino, having a blast with the Voluntarios Internacionales MexicoIn August, 2011, when NAC alum, Jessica Aquino, found out the internship she had prepared for fell through, she did what we hope all NAC students would do: She took advantage of the time she had available and found another opportunity to put her talents to work, and at the same time had a life-changing experience. The following is an interview with Jessica Aquino about this experience.
 
NAC: What was the internship/program to which you applied?
 
Jessica: Well, the musical internship (Festival Novo Forte) I was supposed to intern for did not actually happen. The government of the State of Hidalgo decreed a postponement on all cultural and tourism projects for the next few months due to a state agricultural crisis. But, with help from Colgate and my professor, I had the fortunate experience of volunteering abroad for a non-profit organization called Voluntarios Internacionales Mexico (VIMEX) in Mexico City, Mexico. For two weeks, I, along with other international volunteers, created an accessible space for low-income children to spend their summer in educational workshops that we personally assembled in order to promote our mission of “global solidarity, the tolerance and the mutual understanding between the different cultures and races through the International Volunteer Projects.”

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Sunday
Feb262012

OC Register, "Lecture series links Santa Ana students, scholars"

Dr. Michael Shermer is shown here with Giovanny Diaz and Roberto Servin.Fernando Martinez sent us the following story:

Santa Ana Unified School District students attending the Nicholas Academic Centers recently attended a presentation on “The Believing Brain,” given by Dr. Michael Shermer.

The lecture is a part of the Nicholas Academic Center’s Visiting Scholars Series, a partnership with Chapman University.

Since the program was launched in 2010, hundreds of students have been exposed to a college academic environment that explores a variety of academic topics while preparing them for college.

Shermer’s lecture challenged students to critically analyze how belief systems are built and reinforced within society.

Student Katherine Mitchell stated that the Saturday lecture helped her “use critical thinking in everyday life, in what people tell you, trying to sort out lies,” adding that it also helped reinforce the idea that “It’s okay to say ‘I don’t know’ about a certain topic when one is not sure.”

The Nicholas Academic Center’s Chapman Lecture series is part of the center’s yearly programs that target and prepare SAUSD students for college.

The centers were established in 2008 by Dr. Henry Nicholas, co-founder and former co-chairman, president and CEO of Broadcom Corporation and retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel.

Over the last two years the program has graduated over 150 students. One hundred percent of NAC seniors have gone on to college, compared to 61 percent for Hispanic high school students nationwide, and 96 percent of NAC graduates who attend four-year colleges are still enrolled, with many excelling academically.
By contrast, according to the College Board, national sophomore retention rates for all students are less than 80 percent, and only 46.8 percent of Hispanic college students graduate within six years.

The Nicholas Academic Centers and Chapman University will hold the next lecture on Saturday, March 3. The event is free and open to the public.

Fernando Martinez is director of academic services for Nicholas Academic Center II.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

OC Register, "Nicholas Academic Centers hold alumni reunion"

The following information was submitted by Fernando Martinez, director of academic services for Nicholas Academic Center II in Santa Ana.

More than 50 recent high school graduates from the Santa Ana Unified School District, all alumni of the Nicholas Academic Centers, came together on Jan. 5 in celebration of having taken the road less traveled when they chose to attend college.

The annual event featured students from the Santa Ana community who now attend colleges across the nation, including Georgetown, Allegheny, Grinnell, UC Berkeley, and Cal State East Bay, among others. During the event, students shared anecdotes and common experiences in their chosen path to college.

Mariana de Vicenzo, a Santa Ana High School graduate and current student at Georgetown University, said that attending college on the east coast helped her “meet people from all over the world,” adding that the experience “just blows your mind because it really changes your perspective on not only your home, but also your own mentality and how you view other people and other cultures.”

Mariana is one of 150 NAC graduates now attending college, including many of the nation’s top schools. In addition, NAC alumni have earned a total of more than $2 million in scholarships and financial aid.

The centers were established in 2008 by Dr. Henry Nicholas, co-founder and former co-chairman, president and CEO of Broadcom Corporation and retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel.

Over the last two years, 100 percent of NAC seniors have gone on to college, compared to 61 percent for Hispanic high school students nationwide, and 96 percent of NAC graduates who attend four-year colleges are still enrolled, with many excelling academically.

By contrast, according to the College Board, national sophomore retention rates for all students are less than 80 percent, and only 46.8 percent of Hispanic college students graduate within six years.

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Wednesday
Dec282011

OC Register, "Nicholas Academic Centers alumni share college tips with teens"

Home from college on winter break, alumni from the Nicholas Academic Centers shared experiences and advice with over 100 current NAC students at the annual “College Knowledge Alumni Panel” held at NACII on the Valley High School campus. On the panel were students from private colleges such as Haverford, Smith and Colgate, and public institutions such as UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Santa Ana College. They discussed academic experiences, the culture shock of being away from home, and the many community activities they engage in to enrich their college experiences. - HTN Foundation

Nicholas Academic Centers alumni share college tips with teens

THERESA CISNEROS / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

In this photo Erik Chavarria, a 2010 graduate from the Nicholas Academic Centers in Santa Ana who attends Morningside College in Iowa, shares his experiences with current NAC students.

"Alumni from the Nicholas Academic Centers (NAC), home from college for winter break, shared experiences and advice with over 100 current high school students from the centers on Dec. 22 at NACII on the Valley High School campus in Santa Ana.

The annual "College Knowledge Alumni Panel" included students from private colleges such as Haverford, Smith and Colgate, and public institutions such as UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Santa Ana College.

Topics ranged from academic experiences to culture shock to contributions students are making in their communities. Alumni panelists encouraged NAC students not to be discouraged by economic and cultural obstacles.

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