Seniors honored with Jacket of Excellence


Chad Sharrieff

Seniors receive their Jackets.

Jennifer Mendez, News Editor

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On Nov. 21st, 44 Venice High seniors received a Jacket of Excellence and a Certificate of Commendation during a luncheon at Venice High School.

Jackets of Excellence were awarded to students who have attended Venice High School since 9th grade, earned a cumulative, unweighted 3.75 GPA, scored proficient on their test scores, exhibited excellent behavior and participated in extra-curricular activities.

The Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Alumni Association supported the event by reaching out to the community to raise money for the jackets in order to continue the tradition of honoring excellence in education.

Since 1984, Venice High School along with community partners, has been hosting an annual Jacket of Excellence luncheon where top students of the senior class are recognized for their accomplishments.

“Get on my level! Just kidding, I thank the Chamber of Commerce for the awesome jackets,” said senior George Hong.

“Thank you for the jacket of excellence! It keeps me warm at night and it makes me proud to go to Venice High,” said senior Erica Johnson.

This year, students received a special honor from Councilman Mike Bonin. Cecilia Castillo, a Field Deputy representing Mr. Bonin’s office, and LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer, presented each student with the certificate.

The luncheon started with a performance by the choir followed by Dr. Elsa Mendoza’s welcome speech. After some which, the jackets were awarded to the recipients. Mr. David Silberman, history teacher, and Mr. Rene Maza, Assistant Principal, hosted the luncheon.
“It was a great event by the community and our staff also helped out. It was for the students and I’m very proud of our seniors and hope we will the same outcome next year,” said Principal Elsa Mendoza.

“I think the jackets of excellence is very important, it’s something you work hard for to achieve it,” says math teacher Ms Laurie Chew. “The luncheon was very nicely organized and it was really great that it brought the community into the school.”