Evening of Excellence 2017 Press Release

Tri-Cities ROP Educational Foundation Hosts 24th Annual “An Evening of Excellence” Student Awards Ceremony

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WHITTIER, CA (December 8) – Tri-Cities ROP Educational Foundation will host its 24th Annual “An Evening of Excellence,” Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Evening of Excellence is a student awards ceremony recognizing high school students who have exceled in their Tri-Cities ROP course(s) of study.

Tri-Cities ROP offers a rigorous and relevant career technical education program to approximately 4,000 students from the El Rancho Unified and the Whittier Union High School Districts.

The Evening of Excellence awards ceremony is traditionally one of the most highly-anticipated and well-attended events of the academic year. In 2017, approximately 70 students will be honored and granted scholarships in recognition of their academic achievements.

The Educational Foundation is now accepting advertisements for the event’s program. Rates range from $50 to $300. Deadline for ad submission is March 3, 2017. Please contact Mia Burrola at the Educational Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information or visit the Tri-Cities ROP website at www.tricitiesrop.org.

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Evening of Excellence 2015


On April 28th, Tri-Cities ROP, together with Tri-Cities ROP Educational Foundation, hosted their 22nd Annual Evening of Excellence at the First Fundamental Bible Church in Whittier. The Evening of Excellence is an awards ceremony where high school students who have excelled in their ROP courses of study are honored for their achievements and are granted scholarships. This year, 55 ROP students from local area high schools in the El Rancho Unified and Whittier Union High School Districts received scholarship awards.

As the afternoon temperature soared to 89 degrees, arriving guests were pleased to find the new venue for this year’s event was being held indoors with well-appreciated air-conditioning! Contemporary, inspirational music and a slideshow depicting ROP students “in action” entertained the students and their guests as they took their seats and awaited the start of the ceremony.

One of the highlights of the evening was the delivery of speeches by students who wrote award-winning essays regarding their ROP experiences. These students led their respective schoolmates to the stage where they received their awards. The audience was captivated as they listened to the speakers deliver heartfelt words of how their ROP teacher and/or class inspired them to continue their journey to college and pursue the careers they have explored. For their efforts and display of excellence, the student speakers received an additional scholarship granted by the California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (“CAROCP”).

A special award was also presented to Pioneer High School Digital Printing and Design student, Rudiee Casillas, who designed this year’s Evening of Excellence program cover.

PIH Health in Whittier, a long-time supporter of Tri-Cities ROP, once again bestowed two $500 scholarships to ROP students who demonstrated high achievement in their class and who declared a strong intention to further their education in the health/medical field. This year’s PIH scholarship winners are:

Claudia Plascencia, El Rancho High School Emergency Responder Student; and
Mark Christian Ortiz, El Rancho High School Nurse Assistant Pre-Certification Student.

Rounding out the Evening of Excellence, Tri-Cities ROP Executive Director Tracie Zerpoli, presented floral bouquets to:

Tri-Cities ROP Classified Employee of the Year - Ms. Bridgette Cuevas, Office Specialist/Student Records; and

Tri-Cities ROP Teacher of the Year - Ms. Maria Tejeda, El Rancho High School Emergency Responder/Medical Core Instructor.


Design a Poster Contest

045Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Tri-Cities ROP poster contest! Students were required to design a poster for either a student or business audience that represents Tri Cities ROP and its services. Winners Alberto Estrada (Whittier High) and Carlos Avalos (Pioneer High) were honored at the February Foundation Board meeting and presented with a $50 award for their outstanding work. Both students plan to continue their education and attend college next year. Congratulations students!

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Sweet T Cakes Donation

SweetTCakesTri-Cities ROP Educational Foundation President Maria Segovia presents a $500 donation from the Foundation to SweetTCakes, a virtual enterprise class comprised of La Serna High School Business Academy students. Ms. Kim Fitzgerald, ROP instructor at La Serna, is extremely proud of her students stating, "The students have been working extremely hard to raise much-needed funds to improve their baked goods business." In April, the class will be heading to their third trade show in San Diego to compete against 75-100 schools across California.

Tri-Cities ROP Educational Foundation provides financial assistance and scholarships to Tri-Cities ROP students in the Whittier Union High School and El Rancho Unified School Districts. If you would like to donate or for more information on the Tri-Cities ROP, the Educational Foundation, or SweetTCakes, visit the website at www.tricitiesrop.org.