I have been very fortunate to have maintained contact with some of our youth who left the area to attend college and universities throughout the country.
I am very proud of all the students who have touched my life throughout the years.
On this Mother’s Day, I want to thank them.
Many students have been successful and today, I know they will thank their mothers (fathers, etc.) for the inspiration and motivation to pursue a lifetime of happiness.
On this Mother’s Day, I want to acknowledge four students who graduated from Cajon High School — three graduated from Cajon and the fourth attended Cajon before graduating froma Rialto high school.
• Brandon Watts will graduate this year from Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he is receiving his degree in pre-law. He has applied for Law School and hopes he will continue at Howard University for his law degree and go on to become an attorney. He loves writing and learning about Afro-American history. Since he is located near the White House and the Nation’s Capitol, he has experienced internships.
• Lou Chen will graduate from Princeton University in New Jersey with a degree in music and certificates in American studies and orchestral conducting. He is currently in the middle of applying for jobs, but will probably end up somewhere on the East Coast working in music education and outreach. He has served as an opinion columnist for the Daily Princetonian, the assistant conductor of the Princeton University Sinfonia, and the director of the Trenton Youth Orchestra, for which he was awarded the Santos-Dumont Prize for Innovation. He also received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence.
• Khari Bush will graduate from Morehouse College in Georgia with a degree in business administration with a concentration in management. He will be working at Oracle Netsuite as a business development representative and continues to run his investment group he started while in college. Khari wants students to know that college professors expect more from you and it is up to you to get the work done. In high school, teachers give students plenty of opportunities to make up work and allow many excuses. In college, there are no excuses.
• Arlington Rodgers III will also graduate from Morehouse College with a degree in economics. He did research on what economics is and found the passion for that profession. He plans to begin his career in corporate finance. He served as a member of LYTEhouse Mentorship Program, Morehouse Business Association, and the Morehouse Debate Team. Off campus, he was a member of the AVID Alumni Associated and the INROADS Internship program.
Congratulations to our successful young men.
For all of our young men and women who can still speak with their mother, remember the words of Erma Bombeck: “When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ It’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”
Margaret Hill is a member of the San Bernardino City Unified School District board.