Daily Pilot: "The Crowd: Celebration helps children"
By B.W. Cook
Some 350 guests converged upon the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana for the third annual Nicholas Academic Centers Graduation Celebration. An impressive 100% of the 2011 graduates, a total of 60 students, plan to attend college in the fall.
The Nicholas Academic Centers, founded several years ago by Newport Coast resident Dr. Henry Nicholas, former CEO of Broadcom Corporation, in association with retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel, finds its purpose in enhancing the success level of mostly inner-city students attending public schools and enabling them to find a path to college. The impressive success rate speaks volumes about the importance of the Nicholas program.
On hand for the upbeat event at the Bowers was executive director of the centers Dr. Corina A. Espinoza joining Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido welcoming the graduates and their families.