St. Margaret’s students and families recently gathered to celebrate our four seniors that are part of the Tartan Support Group. Our four seniors Luis Almanza, Denise Garcia, Priscilla Garcia, and Francelia Lievanos are all remarkable young adults who have accomplished so much during their academic career. In the fall, Luis will head to St. Olaf University, Denise to USC, Priscilla to the University of San Diego, and Franci to Pitzer College.

The night kicked off with a welcome from Upper School Principal Tony Jordan who spoke about the fine accomplishments of our seniors and all the good they will do in the community. Each senior was given a tribute by both their college counselor and a rising senior. The emotional tributes highlighted the students’ journeys at St. Margaret’s and Breakthrough.

A moving speech about surviving college was given by Nohemi Moctezuma, class of 2010 St. Margaret’s alumna and first generation college student. She spoke about the hardships that come along with being a first generation student and working multiple jobs to support herself through college. Nohemi concluded her speech with the encouraging statement, “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.” Head of School Will Moseley congratulated our seniors and closed out the night.

The Tartan Support Group is designed to support first generation students who attend St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. Breakthrough provides an added layer of support for those students during the school year. At the celebration, we also welcomed seven new students to the Tartan Support Group for the 2016-2017 school y ear.

Thank you to everyone who came out to give a friendly farewell to our four Tartan Support Group seniors.