One hundred percent of De La Salle North Catholic's class of 2013 was accepted into college. That's no small feat for the population served by the North Portland school, in which many students don't even finish secondary education.
Melaku Arega, De La Salle North's third Gates Millennium Scholar and an Ethiopian immigrant, was valedictorian at graduation ceremonies for 59 seniors last month. Rachel Henry was salutatorian. Arega will head off to study medicine with a full-ride Gates scholarship at Johns Hopkins and Henry will be attending Georgetown University, where she won three scholarships.
Adis Leyva-Duran, a former intern at the Catholic Sentinel, received an Act VI full-ride scholarship to Warner Pacific College and Gabrielle Green won a full scholarship to Loyola University in Chicago.
In all, 34 De La Salle North students earned scholarships totaling more than $3.8 million. Seniors will be attending both distant and local colleges and universities.
De La Salle, like other schools in the Cristo Rey Network, have students work in internships one day per week to help pay for costs of education.
J. Eric Cobb-Hernandez won the Faith Award and De La Salle Award. Rachel Hartley won the Gerald Bitz Service Award.
The St. Joseph the Worker Corporate Internship Award went to Anayely Linares-Aragon. She was described by supervisors as, "faithful and dedicated" in addition to "responsible, reliable and incredibly mature." She was also one of 18 seniors who were given an "Outstanding" rating on performance reviews during all four years at De La Salle North.
Eighty corporations and firms provide jobs to De La Salle interns. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia-Willamette was recognized as Sponsor of the Year. Goodwill has employed De La Salle North students for nine years, as well as providing summer training for students and other resources.