What is Summer for Ramona?

Published : Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | 4:01 PM

Summer is traditionally known as a time for rest and relaxation. Ramona students view summer in a more broad scope by taking this time to work, travel, volunteer, explore, expand their academic realm, and more. Here are just a few highlights of what Ramona students are up to this summer.


Calista Rugama ’19 has been working since early June as a summer intern with a corporation called Galileo Camps, a science based summer camp that allows her to share her love of STEM with young campers. The Galileo Innovation Approach teaches kids to embrace challenges, learn from mistakes, and create without fear.


Amelia Fletes ’21 was selected nationally to participate in a selective USDA sponsored program Ag-Discovery held at Florida A&M University. The program focus is to expose participants to careers in animal science, agriculture, and plant science. The university hosted students in an intensive two week hands-on experience; exposing participants to the various fields veterinarians impact in agriculture, research, conservation, and public health. Amelia’s favorite experience was the two day field trip to the University of Florida in Gainesville’s veterinarian hospital and medical school. She was able to shadow and watch veterinarians on the job. Through this experience – Amelia sets her sights on Equine Medicine.


Desiree Nunez ’20 recently attended a congress held by the Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists in Boston. She was selected on the basis of high academic achievement, leadership skills, and her interest in science. Desiree shared “I had a great time getting to know high-achieving students from all over the United States. It was exciting to listening to presentations given by scientists, engineers, and technologists that are experts in their field. This was a great experience that helped me to further develop my future goals and aspirations.”


Vanessa De La Rosa ’19 participated in Cal Poly Pomona’s National Summer Transportation Institute (NTSI). Mr. Chavarria made the suggestion for her to apply and Ms. Yip provided her with a great recommendation and she was very happy to be accepted into the program. National Summer Transportation Institute (NTSI) introduces students to principles of transportation systems development, construction, management, technology, inter-modal systems, and environmental impact. Students come away understanding the career opportunities in the transportation industry, and they are encouraged to pursue college degrees that prepare them for transportation careers.

As a result of participating in this rewarding program, Vanessa was also chosen (only 12 of 40 NSTI participants) to attend National Flight Academy (NFA) in Pensacola, Florida. She went on to further experience one of the most exciting and immersive learning adventures aboard the world’s largest simulated aircraft carrier. NFA is an experience designed to inspire interest in STEM. Disciplines covered during the six day program include aerodynamics, propulsion, navigation, communications, flight physiology and meteorology, along with core values, teamwork, and leadership skills development.

Cal Poly Pomona’s civil engineering department along with the professor in charge of the NSTI program would love to see more Ramona students apply in upcoming years. Click here to learn more.


This summer was Hailey Barrientos-Gonzalez’s ’19 third summer working at Camp Ramona and her second summer as a lifeguard at the camp. Hailey shared “This year was much more special because I got to be more of a leader by handling money and communicating with parents about their children’s progress. I got so much closer to the campers and counselors.” Megan Valadez ’19 and Hailey were the perfect life-guarding duo while campers were enjoying their summer in the pool.

Additional students and alumnae that worked hard at Camp Ramona this summer include Casey Alvarez ’19, Julianna Alvarez ’19, Andrea Alveno ’19, Nyah Austin ’19, Alexis Beltran (alum), Kyrene Beltran (alum), Kamila Campos ’20, Emily Covarrubias ’19, Maria Esquivel ’19, Clarissa Farfan ’20, Bryanna Lopez ’20, Elizabeth Miranda ’20, Alexa Perez ’19, Daniela Salatino (alum), Ariel Velazquez ’19, and Karina Garcia (alum).

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













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