IUSD Students Honored at 2024 AVID 8th Grade Standout Award Ceremony

AVID 8th Grade Standouts

On May 8th, four IUSD 8th graders were celebrated and recognized for academic excellence by the Orange County Department of Education during the 2024 Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) 8th Grade Standout Award Ceremony at Angel Stadium.

This year’s AVID 8th Grade Standouts:

Makana Mendoza 8th Grade Standout Headshot

Makana Mendoza

Jeffery Trail Middle School

Gourish Bhagatkar 8th Grade Standout Headshot

Gourish Bhagatkar

Plaza Vista School

Savannah 8th Grade Standout Headshot

Savannah Johnson

South Lake Middle School

Ivy Su 8th Grade Standout Headshot

Ivy Su

Vista Verde School

These students were nominated by their AVID teachers for their outstanding academic performance and potential for four-year university success. Every honoree received a computer and souvenirs courtesy of the Angels Baseball Foundation

“We are incredibly proud of these students for their academic achievements. They have demonstrated remarkable determination and dedication to their education and community, embodying the spirit of AVID. These young scholars serve as shining examples of what can be achieved through hard work and perseverance,” stated AVID District Director, Jenny Thai.

IUSD Board Member Cyril Yu joined Thai and College and Career Readiness Coordinator Connie Jacobs to celebrate these students for their outstanding accomplishments.

AVID, an elective course offered to students in grades 6-12, is a program dedicated to equipping students with the skills needed for college and career readiness. As a school-wide program, AVID helps students meet the highest educational standards through academic and social support, playing a pivotal role in ensuring each student’s academic success and post-secondary education and career options.

Join us in congratulating these students for their remarkable achievements! 

To learn more about AVID in IUSD, visit the AVID College and Career Readiness webpage.