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Spotlight | Class 2020 – After a Loved One’s Death, She’s Using Her Talents for Good

Spotlight | Class 2020 –  After a Loved One’s Death, She’s Using Her Talents for Good

This story is part of a series of profiles the Ventura County Office of Education is presenting about outstanding graduating seniors in the Class of 2020. When Jamie Gregory was 11, her beloved uncle Jimmy died of a heroin overdose at the young age of 31. “I was super close to my uncle,” she says. “It was really […]

Spotlight | Class 2020 – Unexpected Detour to Alternative School Puts Him on the Right Path

Spotlight | Class 2020 – Unexpected Detour to Alternative School Puts Him on the Right Path

This story is part of a series of profiles the Ventura County Office of Education is presenting about outstanding graduating seniors in the Class of 2020. Things were going great in Diego Mosqueda’s life until the start of his junior year when his dad became seriously ill without warning. “I was thinking that my life can’t get any […]

Twin Brother and Sister Heading to a Top University Together

Twin Brother and Sister Heading to a Top University Together

For Jonah and Kelsie Hoj, high school was a family affair. They both attended Nordhoff High School in Ojai along with their older sister. And both of their parents are teachers at the school – dad teaches history and drama, mom teaches dance. “I’ve had the whole Hoj experience,” Kelsie says. In addition to having […]

Spotlight | Class 2020 – First Generation College Student is Building His American Dream

Spotlight | Class 2020 –  First Generation College Student is Building His American Dream

This story is part of a series of profiles the Ventura County Office of Education is presenting about outstanding graduating seniors in the Class of 2020. Jesus Martinez remembers taking trips to Malibu with his mom when he was younger – not to enjoy the beach or the restaurants, but to help with her job cleaning houses and […]

Spotlight | Class 2020 – Track Champion is Running His Way into the Record Books

Spotlight | Class 2020 – Track Champion is Running His Way into the Record Books

This story is part of a series of profiles the Ventura County Office of Education is presenting about outstanding graduating seniors in the Class of 2020. Newbury Park High School track and cross country star Nico Young isn’t used to standing still. In the past two years, he’s racked up an incredible series of victories, shattering records along […]

Spotlight | Class 2020 – She Escaped a World of Gang Violence to Build a Better Life

Spotlight | Class 2020 –  She Escaped a World of Gang Violence to Build a Better Life

By the time she was sixteen, Destiny Sausedo had lived through the death of her brother in a drive-by shooting and the loss of her mother to a drug overdose. Before she died, her mom was often incapacitated by drugs and Destiny was her primary caregiver. “I was a little girl taking care of my […]

The Class of 2020 In an Unsettled World, the Ventura County Class of 2020 is Ready to Lead

The Class of 2020 In an Unsettled World, the Ventura County Class of 2020 is Ready to Lead

It’s safe to say there has never been a senior year quite like this one. In March, the coronavirus crisis abruptly forced students from their schools and into a strange new world of distance learning. Then at the end of May, the death of George Floyd and resulting protests threw important and difficult issues of […]