Courtesy of San Benito High School:
San Benito High School 2018 graduate Rolando Pablo Lorenzo was back on campus on Dec. 13 to receive his “Every Student Succeeding” award from ACSA (Association of California School Administrators).
Superintendent Dr. Shawn Tennenbaum attended an ACSA conference and picked up the award for Lorenzo, who was honored by Baler staff, administrators and teachers during a ceremony in the district meeting room.
Not knowing a word of English upon his arrival in San Benito County from Guatemala on his own at age 14, he was placed in an ELD (English Language Development) class offered by the SBHS Migrant Program’s evening summer school program prior to starting ninth grade.
With the help of his teachers, tutorials and guidance from the SBHS Migrant Education Program staff, Lorenzo finished his first year of high school with a 3.5 GPA.
Throughout high school, from which he graduated with honors, he worked full time, carried a full academic load (taking seven classes some semesters) and attended evening summer school classes.
Lorenzo is attending Gavilan College and has plans to become a lawyer.
Photo: Dr. Shawn Tennenbaum presents the award to Rolando Lorenzo.