44 Venice High students receive Jacket of Excellence awards


During the Venice High School Community Luncheon on Nov. 21, an event supported by the Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Alumni Association, 44 students received a Jacket of Excellence in recognition for their academic achievements.

This year, students received a special honor from Cecilia Castillo, Field Deputy representing the office of local Councilman Mike Bonin, who presented each student with a  Certificate of Commendation.

The Venice High School community is proud of those students who have achieved this distinction, as the eligibility for this award requires that they must retain a 3.75 GPA or higher since their freshman year.

Congratulations to all jacket recipients!

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Top row: Kevin Nugent, George Hong, Alexander Ramsey, Ian Johnson, Harry Phillips, Enrique Munoz, Eric Lin, Chelsea Robinson, Mazden Mastromauro.

Second row: Erica Johnson, Nathan Lopez-Gates, Njeri Gachoka, Daniella Leiato, Pahola Chavez, Amber Holyfield, Kelli Hsu, Saul Jimenez, Jordan Cho, Josiah Destin.

Third row: David Silberman (Event Chair), Petra Rudisill, Maya Ramsey, Laura Hayashibara, Sara Gsell, Sheila Fallah, Nora Benavente, Eri Okita, Melissa Reynoso, Jay Ruelas.

Fourth row: Catherine Chevalier (Chamber President), Cecilia Castillo (Field Deputy for Councilman Mike Bonin), Ryan Sadeghi, Alexandra Romero, Jennifer Chew, Simran Ali, Jennie Furth-Jacobus, Jean Iwohara, Annalissa Husted, Emma Totsubo,Kira Wessels, Bud Jacobs (Venice Neighborhood Council), Joelle Dumas (Venice Chamber).

Front row: Dr. Elsa Mendoza (principal), Jennifer Thurber, Cole Ten, Lisa Sobajian, Alex Salazar, Thalia Telles, Angela Vo, Justin Yamaguchi, and Sayne Maza (Asst. Principal).

This year’s community sponsors are Audrey Salzburg (A Window Between Worlds), Lisa Schwab (Cantalini’s Salerno Beach), Joelle Dumas (Ecole Claire Fontaine), Don Novack (Hal’s Bar & Grill), Greg Horos/Melissa Rosen (Locali Conscious Convenience), Willie Hjorth (Mare Company Sails), Catherine Chevalier (Not Maurice), Terry Ballentine (RE/MAX Estate Properties), Denise Fast (RE/MAX Premier Properties), Stephen Marvin (Sterling Security Systems), Nancy Singular (The Agency), David and Tina Comden (The Argonaut), Andy Layman (Venice Beach Suites & Hotel), Jeffrey Solomon (Venice Beach Walking Tours), Carl Lambert (Venice Breeze Suites), Edizen Stowell (Venice Paparazzi), Venice High School Alumni Association, Terry Agnew (X-Treme Sportswear), Lucio Barbaro, Carolyn Berry, Jim Blackwood, Erin Cahill, Jan Davis, Sergio Diaz, Debbie Drier, Myra Einberg, Sharon Gebhart, Cecilia Glorious, Phyllis Hayashibara, Lucy Howard, Bud and Catherine Jacobs, Joe King, Kelly King, Donna Lasman, William Botch, William Plant, Maryann and Keith Rose, Amy Shimizu, Michael Stenger, Amy Sobajian, and Ella Zarky.