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Outstanding Student Award – Oxnard High School

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Emily Post is a senior at Oxnard HS, having returned from Condor her junior year. Emily has endured many challenges and obstacles to her education, including lack of a consistent home during her high school years. Both of her parents are disabled, which has been a challenge for their family, but they are very loving and support her the best they are able to. Since March, Emily has been working 40 hours a week at Costco to support her and her family. This has allowed her to rent a room for herself. Emily has taken honors level courses and is a strong math student. She decided to enroll in AVID this year because she plans to attend a 4 year college and major in music engineering. Her maturity and understanding of the world are far beyond her years and we are confident she will reach her post secondary goals. Emily demonstrates qualities of perseverance and determination and has not allowed her circumstances to define her future. She deserves to be honored and we are proud of her.

Yazmine Givens is a senior at Oxnard HS and has grown into a schoolwide leader. Yazmine’s transition to high school did not begin smoothly. Yazmine had many discipline incidents both her freshman and sophomore year. Despite that, it was hard not to like Yazmine because she was honest and stood up for herself. She was not afraid to use her student voice to advocate for herself! Her grades were not strong her freshman year and the beginning of her sophomore year, but we began to see a change in Yazmine’s grades in the spring of her sophomore year where she earned four Bs and one A. The turnaround was complete her junior year where she earned a high B average with great behavior. Yazmine was fully activated and became an advisor to the principal. She helped me understand what it was like to be a student of color at OHS and how I could improve the conditions for learning for students of color. Her input was invaluable in helping me move the school forward in the most inclusive way possible. Today, Yazmine is president of our Black Student Union and is in our Athletic Trainer pathway, helping out our Certified Athletic Trainer at athletic events. She is smart, she is incredible, and there are no limits to the success she can achieve. Yazmine demonstrates the qualities of leadership and hard work and deserves to be honored. Oxnard HS is proud of her.

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