I’ve never written a letter to Coastal View News before, but a recent experience at Carpinteria High School impressed me so much that I was moved to share this experience with others. For the second year in a row, I interviewed CHS seniors who applied for Carpinteria Education Foundation college scholarships. Again, this year, I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent interacting with each of these bright, articulate and highly qualified students. I found each of them to be extremely motivated and well-prepared for college, despite the fact that many of them have overcome significant challenges in their lives to achieve their academic success. These talented, passionate young men and women have worked incredibly hard to get where they are today, accepted into many of the most highly ranked colleges and universities in the country. I am particularly proud to know that they received their education at our local public high school.

I was also amazed at the significant role the CHS staff played in supporting these students throughout their four years of high school. Each student spoke with genuine gratitude and appreciation about the relationships they had developed with particular teachers and counselors. I heard multiple stories about how these staff members worked well beyond what would be expected to help students achieve their goals. I felt like I was hearing descriptions of teachers from a small private institution. But this gem is right here in Carpinteria.

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