Gisselle Washington | Staff Writer |
Senior Izac Gonzales receives the Superintendent’s award for his contribution to cancer research. Photo by Ashley Holguin
Seniors received their final accolades for the year at the annual Roosevelt Senior Awards ceremony. Students Izac Gonzales and Megan Burciaga received this year’s superintendent and principal award, respectively for Izac’s service to the community and Megan’s service to the school.
As a part of a competition in HOSA, a program for future health professionals, Gonzales, with the help of his teammates, conducted cancer research to create an original medical innovation using amoebacide to treat lymphoma.
“We all contributed to the cancer research and we used that to fuel our medical innovation,” Gonzales said. “To win this award, it felt great. It felt affirming to win. I really enjoyed everyone telling me congratulations. It felt really good and I felt really proud of winning that award.”
Burciaga served over 125 hours between DATA and student council and was taken by surprise for receiving the award.
“It was a surprise,” Burciaga said. “I was very taken aback. I didn’t think I could be able to win something like that. I believe the principal’s award is someone who’s very dedicated to our school and puts forth the most energy they can to getting our school pride the best.”
Senior Awards highlighted the accomplishments of the graduating seniors with awarding summa, magna, and cum laude recipients as well as scholarship recipients and departmental and teddy awards.
“It was sort of exciting just to receive my cord for graduation,” senior Fatima Mendoza said.