Though the Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) Charter School has provided high school diplomas since 1998, the OCCC Charter School’s second graduating class, comprised of 83 graduates, celebrated their accomplishments on June 27 at Irvine Valley College.
The OCCC Charter School teachers had nothing but praise for Valedictorian Jorge Rodriguez-Giron. English teacher Raechel Sormillon said he was “one of the school’s finest people” as well as the top student. Without being asked, he always helped others understand the material.
“Since I came to the US, my dream has always been to be successful. I always think that being successful is what you’ve got to think every day,” Rodriguez-Giron said. “It’s been hard, but it’s never too hard. Therefore, I have put all my effort into achieving my dreams.”
The Honorable Federico P. Aguirre, a Superior Court Judge for Orange County, gave a far more hands-on speech than the typical keynote address. Dressed in a baseball cap and flannel shirt, he began mixing concrete. As he started scraping it onto bricks, he explained that his father was a bricklayer. As he stacked the bricks, he told the graduates to build a strong foundation: where they come from, their experiences, their education are what their …read more
Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce