IVROP holds the event to “celebrate the achievements of our students over the last year and also share with families and the community the different types of programs and projects that IVROP offers,” IVROP Superintendent Mary N. Camacho said.
Camacho estimated about 650 people attended the event, with the majority being families coming together in support of ROP students, she said.
“It’s exciting,” Camacho said. “I think (the exciting part is) the opportunity for different people in projects to showcase the things they do and the students get to share what they have learned.”
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She said the excitement “comes from students and family members knowing that they’ve had an honor bestowed on them and they celebrate it. These kids work so hard all year.”
The students seemed to appreciate both the classes and the doors these IVROP classes may open up for them in the future.
“They’re very different in the way that they’re run; it’s more of a hands-on experience. I think I prefer that,” said Robyn Bowers, a 17-year-old Calipatria senior, after receiving multiple awards.
Robyn said she hopes to translate her skills into a career in making video games or computer-animated movies.
Eighteen-year-old Calexico High School senior Jonathan Montejano, who took part in the IVROP automotive technology program, said, “I want to be a technician. … I have fun and I’m getting the basic training for (automotive) technician school.”
By the numbers
650+ in attendance
59 local high school students honored
33 outstanding project participants recognized
16 different services represented through IVROP projects
44 IVROP course offerings/training programs available
3 business partners recognized by IVROP
1 Distinguished Alumni Award winner (Summer Windford-Saiza)