On Monday, May 22, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Board of Education and district leaders recognized over 300 students and coaches for various achievements in academics, athletics, and activities this school year. The evening took place at the PYLUSD Performing Arts Center and included awards for students from all seven of the district’s high school campuses including Buena Vista, El Camino Real, El Dorado, Esperanza, Parkview, Valencia, and Yorba Linda.
The groups recognized included students and coaches who earned honors in Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, AVID Senior Standouts, National Hispanic Recognition Program, National African American Recognition Program, National Merit Finalists, and California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Champions. The district also took the time to bestow two awards on a select number of students including the Core Values Award and the Outstanding High School Senior Award.
Academic Decathlon honorees included teams from Esperanza and Valencia high schools. El Dorado’s Mock Trial team was recognized and four individual students from each of the district’s comprehensive high schools were identified as AVID Senior Standouts. Thirty-one students were recognized as a part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program while two honorees were included in the National African American Recognition Program. Next, sixteen students earned the College Board’s top title of National Merit Finalist. And El Dorado High School’s Cheer team, wrestlers from El Dorado, Esperanza, and Valencia, Valencia High School’s Water Polo team, Yorba Linda High School’s football team, and Esperanza High School’s Swim and Diving team were all honored for CIF-SS titles.
The Core Values Award, a new recognition this year, was presented to 28 students for embodying one or more of the values that PYLUSD stands for and represents. The Core Values are Excellence, Collaboration, Integrity, and Innovation and each recipient received a custom medallion to wear during graduation.
A select number of Outstanding High School Seniors were identified by their school administrators. These individuals represent the finest in achievement and success in academics, athletics, the arts, student government, and service. Outstanding High School Seniors embody a commitment to excellence in all that they do and in all that they are.
Additionally that evening, the district also took time to thank the individuals who supported these students along the way.
“In PYLUSD, we pride ourselves on our core value of collaboration by working together with all members of our school community to ensure student success,” Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss shared. “We recognize that education is a shared commitment between devoted teachers, staff members, and coaches, as well as ambitious students and supportive families.”
Congrats to all PYLUSD super students!