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Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:17 am, Tue Jun 5, 2012.

It's that time of year — graduations, promotions, so many celebrated achievements and milestones. Recently, we had the privilege of attending five graduations; each was very enjoyable, and we were in awe of the numerous accomplishments and triumphs exhibited by our future leaders!

I have read with joy and excitement all of the News-Sentinel's coverage of these exciting and inspirational moments along with photographs depicting one journey's end coupled with the anticipation of exciting new beginnings. Thank you, News-Sentinel, for sharing our young peoples' "once in a lifetime moments."

Regrettably, I noticed one caveat in the News-Sentinel's coverage: Middle College High School, a Lodi Unified School District high school on the Delta College campus, was relegated to a few photos with captions. MCHS offers students an opportunity to receive their high school education while simultaneously attending college — in many cases, upon graduation from high school, they have also attained their college Associate of Arts degree.

As noted in your article of Sept. 21, 2011, MCHS received the highest API score (908) of any San Joaquin County High School, and yet unfortunately did not receive any graduation coverage to support this. In our case, we witnessed the graduation of Aileen Yum-Chan, who graduated from MCHS as well as obtaining six Associate of Arts degrees from Delta College. These young people work extremely hard to balance high school, college, clubs, etc. while keeping their sights on the final outcome — to be successful, contributing and respectful members of our society!

Congratulations, 2012 MCHS graduates, on your many accomplishments. Well done!

Christina Youngsma


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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:28 am on Sat, Jun 9, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Thank you for the information about gate. I had bad information if you are correct as I was told the students at this event had previously been gate students.

    Regardless, for me, recognition has little value compared to the wonderful skills, knowledge and character these students possess and can take with them.

  • Pam Deines posted at 11:26 pm on Wed, Jun 6, 2012.

    Pamela Deines Posts: 1

    I was honored to attend the MCHS graduation to celebrate the continued success of two of my former students. They were in my sixth grade at Needham School which serves the students of Eastside Lodi; it is not a GATE school. Both of these students had to learn English when they started school, and each of them ended their LUSD school careers with not only a high school diploma but three AA degrees as well. MCHS is open to all students, but is competitive based on grades, teacher recommendations, and an interview. It requires a level of maturity, determination, and integrity that only a few teenagers possess. I eagerly anticipate the graduation stories every year, and celebrate the successes of all my former students. I hope that next year the Sentinel will also include recognition and accolades for our Lodi MCHS graduates.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:10 am on Tue, Jun 5, 2012.

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    I attended that ceremony as well. It was good to see such enthusiasm and joy that these motivated and hard working students had. These students did receive the benefit of an education most would envy without any tuition required. A value that is priceless. In addition, these students had the benefit of the gate program prior to high school. A privilege for sure.

    If I were a parent or relative of one of these fortunate students, I would not value or care if the paper reported anything as the reward is the blessed life, privilege and opportunity they had and will have. I wish my children had had the same choice and opportunity, but did not.


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