Friday, May 29, 2015

Community Service Opportunity! Balboa Park Centennial 2015 Philippine American Celebration!

 We’d like to invite you all to be a part of the Balboa Park Centennial 2015 Philippine American Celebration!

Celebrating the past, present and future. Imagine the greatest spectacle of commemorating U.S. – Philippine relations descending for one week in San Diego. Thousands of kababayans (countrymen) representing the Filipino diaspora visiting from New York, Virginia, San Francisco, England, Dubai, Australia, and the Philippines.

THE VISION: Inspire the Filipino American community to join forces and come forward in celebration of Balboa Park’s Centennial and the contributions made by Filipinos throughout the world.
OUR MISSION: To present a world-class celebration of Philippine arts, culture, and history while engaging community participation and exchanges to draw an international audience, which will activate Balboa Park’s nightlife and showcase the Filipino American experience.

Check out a portion of our lineup:

Our weeklong celebration begins Friday, June 5, 2015 and continues through Sunday, June 7, 2015.

If you’d like to volunteer, please follow this link to learn more and to sign up:

There are two volunteer orientations this Saturday, 5/30 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. More information can be found in the link above!

FREE TIckets to Nerd Con!

Ms. Luansing has FREE tickets to NERD CON  - convention by Nerds for Nerds!

Featuring Artists, Comic Book Shops, Gamers, Film & Media buffs, Tech Junkies, Vendors and more! 

Bring your final report card to Ms. Luansing on the last day of school for your ticket!

Students with no Ds or Fs are eligible!


There are also VOLUNTEER opportunities if you are interested:


SENIORS  who are planning to attend a 4 year university, please to go to this link to complete survey: 

Yes, we know it's ANOTHER survey =) Your participation is appreciated!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Summer Junior Legislative Program

On behalf of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, I would like to extend a personal invitation for your wonderful students--specifically the classes of 2016 and 2017--to apply for our Summer Junior Legislative Program.

We look for students who want to make a positive difference in our community. Junior Legislators will learn about the different facets of State Government, get hands-on experience as team members for an Assemblymember, meet community leaders and elected officials, work together to propose their own piece of legislation, build a track record of civic engagement that can be included in resumes and college applications, and receive a Certificate of Recognition upon completion of the program.

We hope to provide a special leadership and service experience that will help bring our students success in the competitive college application process upon which they are about to embark.

Click here to find the application. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 5th. 

Please feel free to contact our District Director, Francine Maigue, at (619)338-8090 or at with any questions or comments you or your interested students may have.

All the best,
Dristay Torres
College of the Arts and Sciences
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Class of 2015 FilGrad

Sweetwater High School participated in the San Diego FilGrad Ceremony this past weekend! 

HS FilGrad is an event proudly organized by the members of KAMP to recognize the achievements of all San Diego high school Filipino/a graduating seniors. “HS FilGrad was such an amazing experience for me because I actually felt appreciated for my accomplishments in high school from others,” shared Mariel Velicaria after participating last year. “Thank you KAMP and HS FilGrad for this wonderful experience.”

There were 44 grads from all over San Diego County, SUHI had 25 grads! Thanks to our Filipino Language teacher Ms. Villanueva's help, SUHi definitely represented! 

SUHI Class of 2015 FilGrads
There ceremony was held at the downtown public library on the 9th floor with a panoramic view of the ballpark, Embarcadero, and downtown skyline. It was a beautiful venue!

Todd Gloria, SD Councilman,  was the keynote speaker. If you didn't know, Todd Gloria's paternal grandfather was a Filipino navy man who married a Tlingit woman when he lived in Alaska. He had a great speech about following one's passions and a call for public service. 

Click here for the event program.

Friday, May 22, 2015

SIAPS Summer Summit at UC San Diego

SIAPS Summer Summit at UC San Diego
July 12-17, 2015

Apply to participate in this year’s Summer Summit Program at UC San Diego!

Summer Summit is a 6-day, 5-night residential program for high school students designed and run by the Student-Initiated Access Programs and Services (SIAPS) at UC San Diego. This program invites 10th-12th grade high school students from the San Diego area to stay in one of UCSD’s residential life halls. During the program, students reside in a suite with 6-8 other high school students and a Resource Advisor (a current UCSD student). Participants will have opportunities to:
  • Experience residential life on a college campus;
  • Build up their interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • Gain information and resources about 4-year university admission;
  • Be familiarized with  on-campus resources such as community centers, transition programs, research opportunities, etc.
  • Engage in skill building activities for leadership, personal growth, and academic success.
  • Develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills.

We provide all meals, housing, and activities at no cost to the student.

Who is it for?
Due to our limited capacity, we are only able to accept applications from students who meet the following criteria:
  1. Be a 10th-12th grade high school student (As of Fall 2015) of San Diego County AND
  2. All students must meet (1) of the following criteria:
    1. Be a 1st-Generation College Student: Parent/guardian(s) did not graduate from a four-year college or university within the United States; OR
    2. Reside in a Low-Income Household: Families must meet income eligibility criteria as defined by Federal guidelines. Annual income must fall below 185% of the federal poverty level. Please click here to view the Federal poverty guidelines.

To apply:
  1. Complete the online application by 11:59pm on Sunday, May 31st
  2. Submit a copy of your parents’ or guardians’ complete 2014 Income Tax Return (Form 1040). You must be listed as a dependent on the Form 1040 that is submitted to us. If you do not have a 2014 Income Tax Return available, please submit letter explaining your financial situation, regardless of household income level. Please submit this document by 11:59pm on Sunday May 31st through one of the following methods:
    1. Scan and email your document to
    2. Fax your document to 858-534-7204

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns, please e-mail: or call 858-534-7330.

Scholarship Ceremony Awards Over $700k To Our Red Devils

Click here to access all the pictures from the event. 
Our students earned over $700K in scholarships!

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 for a wonderful Scholarship Awards Ceremony last night! 

Many of our scholarship presenters shared a similar message: the importance of giving back to your community. A significant number of our scholarship donors are SUHi Alumni from across the decades. Many others are community leaders in National City and surrounding San Diego county. We appreciate their efforts in supporting the college going culture of our school. Sweetwater High is so very thankful to our donors for investing in the futures of our students. It is through their generosity we are able to have such a wonderful scholarship awards ceremony every year!

Thank you to our donors:

Special Thanks To The Following:
Martha Ramirez 
SUHI Administration
SUHI Faculty
The parents, guardians, & families of our graduates

Click here to access all the pictures from the event.