GGUSD’s AVID Students Earn College Scholarships

AVID Senior Standouts

Twelve AVID seniors from Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) were awarded more than $95,000 in college scholarships during the 2023 AVID Senior Standout Recognition & Scholarship Presentation hosted on April 18 by the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE).  The event recognizes impressive senior standout students who are part of the AVID program at high schools across Orange County.

“Year after year, we continue to see students gain tremendous benefit from the AVID program which prepares them for academic success in school and beyond,” said Board of Education Trustee Dina Nguyen. “We are always delighted when our students earn scholarships that will make college more affordable and accessible.”

Senior standout students from GGUSD included Yara Merida, Bolsa Grande High School; Song Ngan Angel Lam, Garden Grove High School; Jazmin Chavez, La Quinta High School, Martha Gonzalez, Los Amigos High School; Andrea Soriano, Pacifica High School; Lillian Nguyen, Rancho Alamitos High School; and Nhu Cao, Santiago High School.

Students who received scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $20,000 include Joshua Hoang and Tina Ho from Bolsa Grande High School, Sunny Day Viera and Song Ngan Angel Lam from Garden Grove High School, Jazmin Chavez from La Quinta High School, Zurisadai Arranda Azpeitia and Esmeralda Ramirez from Los Amigos High School, Andrea Soriano from Pacifica High School, Lillian Nguyen from Rancho Alamitos High School, Guadalupe Villicana, Nhu Cao and Katrina Nguyen from Santiago High School.

GGUSD is a leader in college readiness and outperforms the county and state in the number of high school seniors completing rigorous college entrance exams, due in large part, to the widespread implementation of AVID across the district. Alamitos Intermediate School, Doig Intermediate School and Santiago High School have been named national demonstration schools by the AVID program.   GGUSD continues to consistently infuse AVID strategies and opportunities at the elementary and secondary levels while offering the AVID elective at all intermediate and high school sites.