This school year City Times has honored the best on the playing fields. This week, we pay tribute to the high school valedictorians from the Central City.
The outstanding students were asked: "What kind of future does Los Angeles hold for you and your classmates?"
Sharon L. Walker
School: Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies
Future: USC, environmental engineering
Quote: "Los Angeles offers a plethora of opportunities for my classmates and me. Our diverse goals all have outlets in this city. My needs are met by USC, while other students can already find jobs in their different fields and interests, or they may attend the numerous other institutions of higher education in the area."
School: John C. Fremont High
Future: UC Riverside, psychology
Quote: "I think the class of '94 is determined to succeed in the future. They have been constantly motivated by their high school teachers and peers to do their best. We have shown great potential these past three years and we have proven that we can make it."
School: Washington Preparatory High
Future: UC Santa Barbara, pre-med
Quote: "Los Angeles has become a city in which my peers are no longer comfortable. If the future is to be promising, we must go about changing the way things happen so our children will not be as uncomfortable as we are."
School: Pilgrim High
Future: medicine or engineering
Quote: "Los Angeles holds for my friends and me a bright and promising future where people of different races work together harmoniously in one of the leading cities of the world. Such a future can come true if we forget our differences and start to work together today."
School: Loyola High
Future: Georgetown, international business
Quote: "Los Angeles provides a future filled with diversity and togetherness. Many different cultures will continue finding homes here, and residents of Los Angeles will always benefit from learning about others."
School: Immaculate Heart
Future: USC, public health
Quote: "This city possesses a distinct character defined by every culture, religion and ethnic group in the world. Though some believe this is to be L.A.'s curse, it is in fact this city's most valuable resource. The class of 1994 and all youth today are faced with the challenge to take this so-called liability and make it an asset."
Sung Hyun Kim
School: Crenshaw High
Future: Occidental College, physics and mechanical engineering
Quote: "Los Angeles will be a model for all other cities in the United States as a place where citizens integrate among themselves and always strive to find solutions for social problems which they fear."
School: Cathedral High
Future: Stanford, medicine
Quote: "The fact is that Los Angeles is becoming more diversified. In essence, we as a people will be able to understand one another and become closer as a family. The future holds for my classmates and me a better opportunity to work together, thus resulting in a better economy."
Dianna V. Bautista
School: Huntington Park High
Future: Cal State Long Beach, physical therapy
Quote: "The city of Los Angeles holds for us good times and hardships, ups and downs, but more importantly it holds for us opportunities. We can become whatever we desire. However, it is up to us to take hold of those opportunities and create a better future for ourselves."
School: Jefferson High
Future: Cal State Los Angeles, philosophy or biology
Quote: "A future with enough desire, dedication and discipline is the kind of future that Los Angeles holds for me and my classmates. Substandard education, confusion in family values and violence are some of the issues that affect our community and ourselves as human beings. . . . We know that we always have to look up and not down, forward and not back, out and not in, and to always lend a hand."
School: Bell High
Future: Mt. St. Mary's College
Quote: "Los Angeles holds a future full of hope. My classmates and I are all working to make this a better place to live. We are preparing ourselves for a life that now requires more from us. If we are prepared, if we continue to improve our lives, we can expect our future to be full of success and happiness."
Long Man Lo
School: Abraham Lincoln High
Future: UCI, computer engineering
Quote: "With the growing technological environment in this city, (Los Angeles) will offer me a job in which employment is almost guaranteed. Computer careers have grown rapidly in the past few years, and sooner or later I'll be part of that growing field to rebuild and enhance this city."
Rocio Leonor Carlos
School: St. Michael's High
Future: Cal State Dominguez Hills, education
Quote: "As the years pass on, Los Angeles becomes a more challenging city. Since we are the future, it's up to us to accept these challenges and never give up on our goals. We need to believe in ourselves and keep in mind that we will be successful if we keep trying hard."
School: Roosevelt High