June 4, 2003
Molly Shore Instead of buying a home, Maria and Leo Ramirez invested their money in their children's education. On Saturday, mother and father beamed with pride as Joshua, the youngest of four children and a National Honor Society member, graduated magna cum laude from Providence High School. Joshua was among 137 seniors who participated in the private school's commencement exercises inside Liberty Hall at Forest Lawn Hollywood. "He's the only one who had the opportunity to go to Providence," said Maria Ramirez, who also helped put three daughters through college.
December 28, 2002
KEMPKA Nicole Vanessa Ramos and Christopher Jason Kempka were married at Kahekili Beach in Maui, Hawaii, with the Rev. Laki Po'Maikai Ka'Humanu officiating. The bride wore her mother's wedding gown that was designed and made by her grandmother, who was a famous dress designer in the Philippines under the name of Rose Vale. At sunset, family and guests attended a reception at Lele in Lahaina, with a five-course epicurean meal, and music and dancing from four exotic Pacific Islands.
November 23, 2002
Molly Shore High school senior Jessica Plance, 17, like many of her classmates, was looking forward to college after graduation. But the Providence High School student never got that chance. Jessica died Nov. 16 of cystic fibrosis, a disease she fought her entire life. Cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder attacking the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems, is generally considered a childhood disease because most patients do not live past their 20s. The severity of the condition is determined largely by how the lungs are affected.
August 17, 2002
Molly Shore Returning from the National Teen Leadership Program conference at Chapman University in Orange County, Providence High School sophomore Ashlei Brandt-Limbaga said she wants to run for class president next year because she has overcome her fear of losing. "Now my goal is to go out there and meet new people," Ashlei, 15, said, adding that it is no longer important to her if people vote for her. Ashlei possesses this new-found confidence because she learned at the conference last week to come out of her 'comfort zone,' a state of mind that requires no risk-taking, she said.
June 5, 2002
Molly Shore LOS ANGELES -- It looked like a small country turned out for Gerald Tunque Coronel's graduation from Providence High School. He was cheered by his mother Gelacia, father Gomer, his siblings and numerous family members and friends. And no one arrived empty-handed. They held up signs proclaiming, "Gerald Forever," with his larger-than-life photo on them. Gerald was one of 103 seniors outfitted in green gowns and mortarboards who participated in Providence High School's graduation Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park's Hall of Liberty.
February 20, 2002
Maya Kukes MEDIA DISTRICT WEST --The gymnasium and corridors still smell like fresh paint and the lockers stand waiting for sneakers and T-shirts -- but not for long. In a little more than a month, the Fritz B. Burns Student Activity Center at Providence High School will open. Besides housing a 9,800-square-foot gymnasium, activity space, locker rooms and a weight area, it also provides additional office space for teachers and a conference room.
December 8, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Providence High School will offer an educational seminar for all eighth-grade students who seek help with the school's entrance exam. The seminar will be from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 12 at Providence High School, 511 S. Buena Vista St. in Burbank. Students who attend will go over math, English and test-taking skills to prepare for taking the exam. The registration fee is $20 or $10 if your admission application is on file by Jan. 3. Registration forms can be picked up in the admissions office.
November 17, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Providence High School will host an open house for prospective students this weekend. The event is open to the public and will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Providence High School, 511 S. Buena Vista St. in Burbank. Information will be given to parents and potential students about college preparatory courses, academic scholarships and focus programs like the media communications and health careers. Refreshments will be served, and entertainment will be provided by the school's choruses and bell choir.
October 3, 2001
Gary Moskowitz LOS ANGELES -- Aram Nadjarian is afraid politics are getting in the way of addressing the issue of terrorism. Nadjarian was one of 16 Providence High School students to share his opinions in the taping of "The Day It All Changed," an open forum for area youth to discuss the Sept. 11 terrorist acts. "I've been asked if I'm willing to give up all of my freedoms for this cause," said Nadjarian, 17, a senior at Providence. "I say no. We can't automatically drop our civil liberties, because that's what the terrorists want."
June 6, 2001
Gary Moskowitz LOS ANGELES -- Silvia Correa thought about her father when she walked across the stage in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills and received her Providence High School diploma Saturday. Correa's father left Mexico to come to the United States when he was 14. He never got his high school diploma. "I admire my father so much," said Correa, 18, who will attend Stanford University in the fall. "My graduation from high school is an accomplishment for me, my father and my whole family."