Every year since the school’s founding in 1955, a small number of students from the graduating senior class receives the prestigious Los Renombrados award, which honors individuals who excelled both in academics and extracurricular activities in their four years at San Gabriel.
This year’s 24 recipients included seniors Juan Cai, Rebecca Chan, Tom Cheah, Valeria Duran, Eva Hernandez, Kelly Ho, Thinley Huang, Michael Lam, Vicki Lei, Anita Li, Kitty Lu, Daniel Magana, Melissa Miranda, Angelica Morquecho, Vicky Ong, Cassidy Pham, Joy Portinga, Nick Salcedo, Uyen Sy, Kelly Tam, Sydney Trieu, Victoria Vu, Thomas Wang, and Raymond Yip. These students were recognized after a selection process, which included a teacher nomination, an application, and a final committee decision. Each student received a commemorative pin, cord, medal, sash, certificate, and a list of their fellow awardees.
Despite being the first ceremony in recent years that was attended by seniors only, the award was still important to those recognized. For senior Nick Salcedo, it was an honor to be selected from such a competitive field and served as validation for four years of hard work.
“Receiving this sort of acknowledgement from the teachers, administrators, and my peers has proven to me that my hard work throughout high school has paid off,” Salcedo said. “Being part of such a respected group is definitely humbling. It has shown me that sacrifices are necessary for any success.”
Fellow recipient Vicki Lei was also proud of having won and acknowledged how strong the field was.
“It was humbling to be recognized, but I feel that many other individuals who weren’t selected were just as deserving of receiving an award,” Lei said.
Furthermore, she also urged underclassmen to not overemphasize the importance of awards.
“Don’t do things for the sake of being recognized,” Lei said. “Don’t dwell on all the superficiality–just focus on doing what you love, and whatever happens, happens.”