Seniors’ Long Road to Graduation in the “Strangest Year”
Congratulations, Class of 2021!
The Eastside Panther continues its tradition of writing about each of the graduating seniors, for the first time in this online edition of our newspaper. Scroll over the photos for highlights and CLICK on a photo to read about that graduate.
"Take things slowly ... This is just the beginning of our lives."
“I grew up playing basketball, so basketball has been always present in my life."
Alejandra is the one to spill the fire songs by One Direction members.
"Being more aware about global issues was something I've never done before..."
Angelica Bac Vazquez
“There always has to be a troublemaker, you know"
“I liked living in the dorms ... you are also surrounded by people who can support you ...."
“Nani” Delgado Yepez
"Stay in touch with teachers because they are very helpful.”
Life motto: "We vibin'."
Bresy Pedraza Perez
Improving the world is one of Bresy's life goals.
Christopher Young, Jr.
“I always wanted to make my creations visual, so ... turning books into movies is something I’m trying to do.”
“I’m a strong believer in doing whatever makes you happy."
Cynthia Arinaga Hernandez
Favorite memories: Eastside camping trips.
Daisy Mora Gomez
“One moment does not define you, so embrace your mistakes and apply them to do better in the future."
Daniela Arias Toscano
Try your best and find your own motivation for what you do.
"I get to explore and go on my own, and I get to go to a new school and form new relationships."
“If I'm not going to do it, then it's not going to get done.”
Evelyn Ibarra Gutierrez
“I'm happy because I will be my own individual and study something I'm interested in.”
Girls Who Code and CS class got Flor excited about majoring in Computer Science in college.
Francisco Lopez Espinoza
"I grew a lot" from NOLS summer in Alaska.
Gabriela Urena Del Rio
"It’s up to me to pave the path.”
"When I wouldn't overthink it, I was actually able to persevere.”
"I learned to prioritize my education."
Ja’liyah hopes to be remembered for "bringing positive energy to the classroom".
Jaylen smiled ear-to-ear when he heard he had been accepted into his dream college.
Jonathan Sacor Montoya
“Don't ever say you can’t, you just have to keep going, keep moving forward and learn from your mistakes.”
"My mom always told me, ‘Just focus on your education, get things done, think about your future.’”
Jonathan Solis Jovel
“I definitely want to be remembered as someone who was always friendly to people.”
“Painting and drawing is like a getaway, it’s a way to release ... whatever you have bottled up inside you."
Jose Angulo Cardenas
“I knew that it would all pay off in the end.”
Jose Brambila Carranza
“Tomorrow isn’t promised, so do the best you can today.”
“I will really miss being a part of the community, especially living in the dorms,"
"...when people are trying their best and hardest in what they do, it inspires me to be even better.”
Kevin Cisneros Cuevas
Loves video games and learning about STEM subjects.
"Make sure there is purpose behind everything you do ... balancing productivity and mental health ...."
Maria Hernandez Brambila
“I prefer being challenged than doing something that is easy for me.”
Maria “Lupita” Madrigal Landa
Running GSC, “I was able to be myself and share my story.”
Marlon Guerra Nova
“I feel accomplished. All my work’s paid off, even though I still have more work to do in college."
Marvin Linares Melgar
“Once you become friends with people at Eastside, you become family.”
“My father (helped build) my confidence, toughness, resilience and ability to put up with anything.”
“Make good relationships with your teachers because if you are closer to them, they will be more lenient ..."
“Suspense and thriller is way more interesting than chick flicks or science fiction.”
Nicole Medina Jimenez
"Talking on the phone, which we really didn't do before, is a good way to still talk and stay in touch.”
Don’t play him in chess unless you are prepared to lose.
Sam confirmed her love of travel after a summer in the Dominican Republic.
Sione Lamatau Asikia
“My time at Eastside was an experience you can’t find anywhere else.”
Sofia Mansilla Calderon
Sofia found that Drama and volleyball helped build cooperation skills.
Stephanie Hernandez Roman
As a junior, "it became clear to me that there are so many injustices in healthcare."
Favorite quote: “The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.”
The RFs are "like our moms and dads away from home ... and I will forever thank them for that."
“My parents always said, ‘If anything, you need to go to college.’”
"I was cool with everybody."
“Definitely try to build relationships with teachers ... communicate so you don't fall behind.”