ISA celebrates Summa graduates and dedicated teachers

The 12 years of dedicating their time and effort toward academics came to a culminating night of funny stories, moments of inspiration and sincere words of gratitude, as The International School of the Americas (ISA) recognized 64 of its top graduates on March 3. The campus was proud to honor their Summa Cum Laude graduates for their work and dedication to their future success at a wonderful reception and special ceremony hosted by the campus.

Students graduate with the highest honors as a Summa by completing their high school education with a 100+ grade point average. These students reach these outstanding academic achievements while dedicating countless hours to volunteering, part-time jobs and extracurricular activities.

“Tonight, we celebrate 64 individuals positioned to transform their world, because behind that number, which is the GPA, there is dedication to academics and a desire to challenge oneself and encourage to take risks in so doing,” said ISA Principal, Steve Magadance. “Behind that number is an extraordinary commitment to improving themselves and the world around them.”

“Your educational foundation is set. Now we look forward to real great things from you in the future,” said Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, Superintendent of Schools, as he addressed the honorees. “I would ask you that two or three years from now that you please come back to ISA and share with administrators, and share with the counselors on how we prepared you for the future. I think that would be very befitting of all of our teachers and administrators, and help us for future successes for our students.”

But the night wasn’t just about celebrating these 64 students, it was also about recognizing an educator in each of their lives who supported and encouraged them, inspired and cared for them. The summa graduates selected a special teacher they felt had a positive influence on their education in one form or another.

In addition to family and friends, the campus welcomed special guests Board Secretary Sandy Hughey, Board Member Jim Wheat, Dr. Pauline Dow, Associate Superintendent for Instruction & Technology Services and Chief Instructional Officer, Dr. Donna Newman, Associate Superintendent for Campus Administration and Human Resources, in addition to Executive Director of Campus Administration Jane Jensen.

Last, but certainly not least, a big congratulations went out to the parents for their diligence in caring for these successful students. Not hesitating to take on tough conversations to keep their kids on track throughout their academic career.

View more photos of ISA’s Summa Ceremony here.


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Summa graduates Gareth Hobbs and John Paul Martinez at the Summa Ceremony Reception.

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The Summa reception featured food from Lee's Culinary Arts program.

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Amabel Arellano (left), teacher at Jackson Middle School, was honored by Summa student Noa Coben.

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Holly Salazar (left), Assistant Principal at Thousand Oaks ES, is honored by Elisha Carrillo.

Posted on 03/03/2017