Ramona Convent Secondary School: Strengthening the Values and Spirit of Volunteerism and Internship this Summer

Demonstrating their typical initiative and leadership, Ramona students are keeping busy this summer exploring their passions with internships and volunteer work.

A number of Ramona students are learning about medical careers through internships at local hospitals. Paulina Sanchez ‘18 volunteers at Children’s Hospital LA, where she enjoys “bringing a smile to the patients, and taking their minds off their illnesses.” She finds the program gives her “a closer look at what the inside of hospital is really like.”

During the month of June, Sophie Reyes ‘18 experienced an internship at CHLA where she shadowed doctors to learn more about the medical field and the everyday operations of the hospital. Andrea Magallon ’18 is a dedicated volunteer, giving four hours each day, in the Emergency Room and the Pediatrics Department of Beverly Hospital. She transports patients to different parts of the hospital, takes their vital signs, sends tests to the lab, and provides needed assistance to the nurses.

Karla Gochi ‘18 is assisting with research in a Biochemistry lab at the W.M. Keck Science Center at the Claremont Colleges. Under the guidance of Dr. Aaron Leconte, she’s working on a project involving proteins Taq DNA Polymerase and Luciferase and their use in biotechnology as diagnostics and therapeutics. She says, “This experience will help me obtain a broad skill set for biochemical analysis and will expose me to college level work and a career in science.”

Working with the children at Camp Ramona is a summer tradition for many Ramona students, some of whom “grew up” at the camp. Kyrene Beltran ‘17 likes staying active and playing games with the kids. Since she attended the camp when she was younger, she says, “It’s awesome to be a counselor.”
Other Ramona students and alums leading children in swimming, biking, games, crafts and other fun at Camp Ramona include Jazmine Alvarez ’11, Kaylan Amezcua ’16, Carolina Barbosa ‘17, Alexis Beltran ’13, Emma Frias ’17, Alyssa Herrera ’16, Briana Salatino ’14, Daniela Salatino ’18, Nicole Vargas ’17, Nyah Austin ’19, Andrea Alveno ’19, Megan Valadez ’19, Ariel Velasquez ’19, Hailey Barrientos ’19, and Julianna Alvarez ’19. They join a hard-working Ramona Camp staff which includes also young men from St. Francis, Cathedral, and Bosco Tech.

Recent graduate Cecilia Nunez ‘16 is also working with children this summer as a paid assistant in an ESL class. She helps the children with their writing assignments, runs speaking and reading exercises with them, and assists the teachers with the daily life of the classroom. She “really enjoys working with the children and seeing their improvement.”

Ramona is a Catholic college-prep high school for girls in grades 9-12. At Ramona, prepare for life! We are a welcoming community where high standards and expectations ensure an extraordinary education for every young woman. When students graduate from Ramona, they face the future with an extraordinary education in their pocket; with a global vision fueled by Catholic, SNJM values; with an independent spirit and confident leadership skills; with Ramona sisters by their side and a legacy of more than 100 years of excellence at their back.

Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 W. Ramona Rd, Alhambra, CA 91803, (626) 282-4151 or visit www.ramonaconvent.org.



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