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I’m feeling extremely grateful for all of the wonderful people associated with SOAR! We have a tremendous partnership between the AVUHSD and AVC, plus such an amazing group of faculty and staff that put their hearts and souls into everything they do to make SOAR the best experience possible for students. Most of all, I’m thankful for the wonderful student body...our students are truly the reason we all continue to do the very important and meaningful work in this early college high school program.
 
Around this time of year, we get lots of alumni visits. It’s amazing to see all the life-changing opportunities and learning experiences our former students have taken advantage of after SOAR. Our community continues to live out its vision in that
 
SOAR Stars are life-long learners and self-advocates who solve the most pressing challenges through an unwavering pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and collaboration, becoming engaged and productive leaders in their communities.
 
I’m so proud of the hard work and progress of everyone this first semester...I encourage everyone to get some good rest over the Thanksgiving break, so that we can come back rejuvenated in order to finish strong this semester!
 
With a heart FULL of gratefulness...Happy Thanksgiving to all!
 
~ Dr. Herrera
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Elizabeth Mather graduated in 2015.  Upon completion of her associate’s degree and graduation from AVC in 2016, she enlisted into the US Air Force. She’s been stationed in Okinawa, Japan for the last year and a half with hopes to stay in the military for the next 20 years. She is 20 credits away from getting her bachelor’s degree in logistics in order for her to retire and work as a civilian contractor for the government.


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Brian Bauer is part of SOAR’s graduating class of 2015.  During his time at SOAR he earned his associate’s degree at AVC in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Brian transferred to and recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.  While at Cal Poly Pomona, he met a lot of new people by joining clubs and working in one of the student housing facilities.  Brian is back in the Antelope Valley and actively looking for work as a video editor.  We’re so proud…keep SOARing, Brian! 

 

 

If you would like to be featured in the alumni spotlight, please visit tinyurl.com/soaralumnispotlight to complete our alumni survey.  We look forward to featuring your success!

 

AVUHSD 2018-19 Student Board Member, Noah Sveiven

As AVUHSD's Student Board Member, Noah Sveiven represents the student voice as a member of the Board of Trustees. We asked Noah a few questions and here is what he had to say... 

Why did you want to be the student board member?

I wanted to be the student board member to learn more about the high school district and about public service, to serve the students of the district, and to ensure as best I can that the interests of students are represented.

What do you do as the student board member?

As student board member, I attend and participate in the public portion of the meetings of the Board of Trustees. Before meetings, I read the agendas and review the attached documents to decide beforehand whether I will vote for or against an item. During meetings, I can ask questions to presenters and offer comments in discussions. My ability to speak up and inquire is no different than the publicly-elected board members. My votes, on the other hand, are advisory; they do not mathematically count. For this reason, my vote is asked for before the publicly-elected board members, so that the perspective of the student at the table is heard.

What have you enjoyed most about serving as the student board member?

Since I became the student board member, I have most enjoyed the people: the wonderful folks at the district office, the students who constitute the district, and teachers who care. Being the student board member lets me spend more time with them, and learn from them, and work as best I can on their behalf.

What are your future plans?

Next year, I intend to attend a four-year university and study mathematics and philosophy, or political science, or international relations. What I study depends on where I attend. Beyond the near future, I am interested in the prospects of law school. Perhaps one day I'll run for office. I also have several ideas for books.