Pacific Law Academy Senior Sean Jannay doesn’t even remember his terrifically high score on his PSAT two years ago, but this year he got a stunning reminder when he received a letter from National Merit Scholarship that he had been named a Commended Student in the 2016 program.
While he won’t be in contention for the final prize, this means he placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit qualifying test.
He is hoping that helps with his application to the University of Southern California where he hopes to major in music. But the commendation, accompanied by great SAT scores this year and his 4.5 G.P.A. aren’t all Sean has to offer: He is a talented musician, stage performer and script writer. He is currently writing a 40-page script for a film the PLC students plan to make next quarter. It’s based on a terrifying exchange student experience with mind control.
Music, though, is what really drives him. “I learned fractions when I was playing the violin and learning quarter and eighth notes,” he said. “It is music that motivates me to finish my work so I can get to what I really want to be doing…the music.”
He has left the violin and plays guitars with percussion bands along with writing music. He credits his success to support from his parents, both of whom love music. Have a great senior year Sean and good luck with what is sure to be a wonderful life of music!
Congratulations to the dozens of SUSD high school students who joined schools from throught the region in Saturday’s all-day STEM competition at Delta Community College and thanks to Delta for hosting this year’s event. The teams received guest lectures and competed in math and physics tests, a geology project and bridge and tower building engineering competitions. This year, teams from Stagg, Chavez, Edison and SECA high schools joined in the fun, spending the day focused on STEM skills.
A great thank you to the members of Love Stockton who came out to work on school gardens and landscaping Saturday. This year the Love Stockton teams hoed, planted and beautified campuses at El Dorado, Elmwood, McKinley, Madison, Washington, and Health Careers Academy as well as more than a dozen schools in other districts, parks and sites around Stockton. The three-year-old program has taken on more than 175 projects to date and Stockton Unified schools have benefitted greatly.
Come out and see what a difference such organized volunteerism makes on our community. Check out the work by volunteer Dave Cicileo and his team, who have transformed and maintained the gardens at El Dorado every year. Special thanks also to Delta Tree Farms and others who donated supplies and plants! Thank you Love Stockton!