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University professor gives Chino High students advice on applying to college

Chino High students with questions about the college application

Dr. Begona Echeverria of the University of California, Riverside, speaks to Chino High students on Oct. 3 about college admission requirements.

Dr. Begona Echeverria of the University of California, Riverside, speaks to Chino High students on Oct. 3 about college admission requirements.

process recently received advice from Dr. Begona Echeverria, a University of California, Riverside professor.

Dr. Echeverria met in the school library on Oct. 3 with about 75 students from Diana Murillo’s Advanced Placement math classes. Dr. Echeverria gave advice on college essays and offered to give free feedback to students who emailed their essay drafts to her.

“She provided valuable insights into the admissions process and how (student) essays can make a difference in getting into our top colleges and universities,” Murillo said.

Dr. Echeverria also talked about misconceptions some students have about top colleges, and reminded students not to rule those schools out when applying for higher education.

“She attended Stanford University and spoke highly of the experience she had,” Murillo said. “She was not thinking of applying there until one of her teachers encouraged her. It changed her life.”

Dr. Echeverria volunteers every year to talk to Murillo’s students, the Chino High math teacher said.

Chino High Band wins Grand Championship at L.A. County Fair competition; Don Lugo takes third

By  CVUSD

Members of Chino High’s 77th Cavalry Marching Band at the Los Angeles County Fair High School Marching Band Competition on Sept. 23 in Pomona.

Members of Chino High’s 77th Cavalry Marching Band at the Los Angeles County Fair High School Marching Band Competition on Sept. 23 in Pomona.

Chino High 77th Cavalry Marching Band and Pageantry took first place in the Los Angeles County Fair High School Marching Band Competition on Sept. 23, winning $10,000.

Don Antonio Lugo High Marching Band of Chino took third place in the Class B of the competition, earning a $500 prize.

That evening, the two bands performed at the Milk Can football game between their schools at Chino High.

Forty-one high school bands from throughout Southern California participated in the L.A. County Fair competition on Sept. 23. They were selected for the competition after participating in parades at the Fair during its three-week run.
Chino High has competed in the competition four times in the past five years. It previously won second places and cash prizes in 2012, 2013, and 2015. This was its first Grand Championship (first place) win in the competition, according to longtime Chino High Band Director Doug Bowden.

“We’ve been second for three years, so to finally win was fun,” Bowden said.

There are no immediate plans for the $10,000 other than to replace some instruments, he said.

In the past, the Los Angeles County Fair parade championships were connected with the Tournament of Roses Parade, paving the way for bands to participate in the prestigious New Year’s Day event in Pasadena. As of 2015, Tournament of Roses Parade officials no longer attend the L.A. County Fair band competition, Bowden said.

Chino High’s Band was chosen to participate in the Tournament of Roses parade in 2002.

Don Lugo High Band also won third place in the L.A. County Fair competition in 2015, right after Stephen Yanik was appointed the school’s new band director.

“I am so incredibly proud of the amount of growth our Lugo marching band has shown in just my second year here,” Yanik said. “We are not even an official parade band, yet they went out there giving their best, performing their best….and their hard work paid off. These kiddos are awesome. It was a great day to be a Conquistador, no doubt about it. We will be using the prize money to continue to work toward new equipment and supplies for this up and coming program.”

The LA County Fair Association now awards $22,000 to nine winners in the band competition (Class B, Class A, and Open divisions).

 

She makes math fun

When Chino High math teacher Diane Murillo initially met with her

Chino High math teacher Diane Murillo (at podium) talks about her Advanced Placement Calculus BC students at the Aug. 18 Board of Education meeting in Chino. Some of her students are standing behind her.

Chino High math teacher Diane Murillo (at podium) talks about her Advanced Placement Calculus BC students at the Aug. 18 Board of Education meeting in Chino. Some of her students are standing behind her.

Advanced Placement Calculus BC students, she remarked how great it would be if every one of them passed the test that could give them college credit or advanced placement. And they did.

All 22 passed the test, and 19 of those received a score of 5, the highest that can be achieved.

Murillo and several of her students — now headed to college — were honored by the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education at its Aug. 18 meeting in Chino.

One of Murillo’s students said he liked the class so much, he wished he could have had a second consecutive period of it.

Another student said Murillo made calculators fun.

 

Superintendent Wayne Joseph, who worked with Murillo when he was a principal at Chino High, said she always told her students that failure wasn’t an option in her class.

Murillo is married to Joe Murillo, who retired in 2008 from Chino High where he taught biology and coached girls’ basketball.

Chino High Wrestler CIF Champion

Photo courtesy: CVUSD Chino High Wrestler Erika Aguila

Photo courtesy: CVUSD
Chino High Wrestler Erika Aguila

Courtesy of CVUSD

Congratulations to Chino High School wrestler Erika Aguila, the 2016 CIF Central Division 150lb Wrestling Champion!

Chino High School wrestler Erika Aguila, is advancing to the CIF State Championship on February 26 and 27. She is the first Chino wrestler to qualify for State since 1998.