Thursday, May 16, 2013

Appearing Before the WCCUSD School Board

Yesterday, all thirty-eight members of the ILC attended the West Contra Costa Unified School District School Board meeting to be recognized for being accepted into the program. The venue was Lovonya Dejean Middle School in Richmond, which, despite being in a sketchy neighborhood, is a nice campus. Seeing nice schools around the district always makes me wonder why my school in Hercules is the plainest and most uninteresting.

The meeting started at around 18:30 with a few short speeches regarding the elimination of district programs for students who are expelled from their respective schools. Then, the meeting focused on introducing every ILC group. The chaperone and one student from each group made a brief but unique speech about what it means for them to be in the Ivy League Connections and how they plan to contribute back to the community.  Four alumni of the ILC, who all now attend an Ivy League school, were also at the meeting. Their speeches were all great and inspirational, but the Yale student's was the most captinating as it was full of passion and energy. And most importantly, we also acknowledged the sponsors of the ILC at the meeting, with a standing ovation. We really wouldn't be here without them.

After all the introductions and speeches, every ILC student and their parents gathered for a large group photo, concluding the meeting. This was yet another good experience with the ILC and got me even more excited for the summer. Only less than five more weeks until we head east!
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