Mojave River Academy Senior Recognition
June 20, 2020
Mojave River Academy (MRA) is a free public K-12 independent study charter school organized through Oro Grande School District.
The students are each assigned a dedicated teacher with whom they meet at least once weekly. The Academy has 12 different campuses located in San Bernardino, Riverside and Kern counties. The goal of the Academy is to promote the academic success of every individual student and to provide a safe, nurturing, intellectually rigorous and relevant educational experience.
Tehachapi's local Mojave River Academy campus, located on Sage Lane, held two Senior Recognition ceremonies, one at 1 p.m. on June 10 and 5 p.m. on June 11. In ordinary years, seniors from all 12 campuses attend commencement exercises in San Bernardino County at the Redlands Bowl in Redlands, Calif. Since the date of commencement exercises is currently unknown in this extraordinary time, the administrators and teachers at MRA wanted to honor all of the graduating seniors for their hard work and efforts, so they decided to hold two recognition ceremonies. A vehicle parade proceeded one by one to the designated recognition site where each senior was individually congratulated by Center Administrator Principal, Dr. Matthew Ross, and the student's teacher. Tiffany Frechette, Math and Independent Study teacher, made beautiful wooden plaques for the graduates upon which they are able to hang their tassels and attach their diplomas. Four of the graduating seniors are also leaving very shortly to begin their military careers.
Two VIPs from the Oro Grande District Office attended the ceremonies. Executive Director Kari Hensley was present at the 1 p.m. ceremony on June 10 and Dr. Bobby Hill, Director of Accountability, was present at the 5 p.m. ceremony on June 11.
Participants in the June 10 Recognition Ceremony:
Esmeralda Hernandez Diaz, Rodrigo Gracian, Eduardo Diaz Bojorquez, Tanner J. Busch, Justin Marty, Natalie Olivas, Cindy Rosales, David Spencer Taylor, Vanessa Thomas, Stanley (Scott) Severi (Army), Rory Bishop (Marines), Amelia Corral, Cody Prica and Cash Jordan.
Participants in the June 11 Recognition Ceremony:
Luke Maddox, Sonny Blue, Joseph Hughes, Brian Tubbs, Issa Al Mardeni, Jr., Noah Benitez, Tallon Brown, Alan Chapman, Corey Cook, Faith Cox Spear, Jacob Duran, Joseph Ehrlich, Jose Flores, Christian Steiber (Army), Hailey Vanwey, Josefina Aguirre, Gabriel Allende, Zechariah Bendlin, Dylan Daniel, Chloe Estrella, Alexa Moore, Kassidy Saggau, Logan Schultz, Olivia Wright, Jackson Garcia, Joseph Gollehon, Cash Jordan and Frederick Ames (Marines).
Senior Scott Severi has enlisted in the Army. His MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) is Satellite Communications Systems Operator/Maintainer also known as 25 Sierra. Scott's recruiter, Staff Sergeant Andrew Chaddock, was also present at the ceremony.
Senior Rory Bishop has enlisted in the Marines. His MOS is 03 – Infantry.
Senior Christian Steiber joins his older brother in the Army. His MOS is 12 Whiskey, Carpentry, as is his brother's. Because he earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Oct. 9, 2019, he enters the Army as an E2 (Private Second Class) instead of an E1. Christian graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
Senior Frederick Ames will very shortly be departing for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (commonly referred to as MCRD), the Marine Corp. Boot Camp in San Diego, Calif. He is uncertain at this time as to his MOS.
Additionally, Joseph Gollehon graduated a year early while keeping his GPA up to attend a lineman program in Idaho.
Both ceremonies were very exuberant occasions with relatives honking, music playing, applause and many photo opportunities. Congratulations to all of the Mojave River Academy graduates! It was a tough final semester but you all prevailed!