James Monroe High School

Congratulations Seniors!  Prom will be held this year on May 2 from 7 p.m. - midnight at the Jim Henson's Soundstage.

Spotlight

Mr. Alex Padilla, Secretary of State, inspires Monroe students
April 23 Monroe High School and Law & Government Magnet would like to extend our gratitude to Alex Padilla, Secretary of State, for speaking to Monroe students on the importance of voting and contributing to community.
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News and Announcements

Monroe's Speech & Debate Team Shines at the State Championship
The Monroe speech team qualified 12 entries to the 57th annual California High School Speech Association Championship Tournament, this year held in Murietta California, April 17-19. Six of our speakers advanced to semi-final and final rounds, with the following results:

3rd Place Dramatic Interpretation, out of 307 entries statewide: Jazmyn S., senior.
3rd Place Humorous Interpretation, out of 248 entries statewide: Xochitl H., jr.
5th Place Expository Speaking, out of 224 entries statewide: William S., senior
9th place Oratorical Interpretation, out of 325 entries statewide: Dalia D., sophomore
9th Place Original Advocacy, out of 194 entries statewide: Aminata D., senior.
13th Place Original Advocacy, out of 194 entries statewide: John C., senior.

Overall, out of 160 schools entered at the tournament, Monroe ranked 11th in the state of California! No other LAUSD school even came close! A special thank you to Ms. Graber and Mr. Gam, faculty sponsors, for all your hard work and effort. We applaud you!
Monroe High School Cadet Selected as National Leader
Cadet Vanessa R. a senior from Monroe High School is one of eight cadets selected from across the nation to serve as a Team Leader for the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl competition.

Chosen because of her leadership abilities, academic excellence, and achievements in the junior officer training program, she will have plenty to do. Her duties at the competition include assisting the Academic and Leadership Teams from all over the country, as well as escort VIPs, introduce speakers and help program directors from the JLAB Foundation.

“She is an outstanding Cadet Leader as well as an All-City Top 20 Cadet, who epitomizes the essence of what JROTC are all about and what a student/leader can achieve through hard work, dedication, and a willingness to take on greater leadership roles,” said U.S. Army (Retired) Lt. Col. Robert F. Huntly. He is the assistant director of Army Instruction for the District’s JROTC programs.

Her leadership and work ethic are impressive. “Vanessa epitomizes the character of a solid student and citizen. This does prove that hard work in school will get you places, and in Vanessa’s case it is Washington, D.C.,” said Monroe Senior Army Instructor 1st Sergeant Charles A. Mujica (retired). “I've been very blessed to have such a wonderful student, cadet and feel secure in knowing our country's future is in good hands.”

Currently the battalion commander, Rodrigues has been in the program at Monroe all four years. Her decision to join began much earlier.

“When I was in eighth grade, cadets from Monroe high school came to visit my middle school to inform us about their JROTC program I was really impressed with their uniforms and all the volunteering they did. Upon entering high school I joined JROTC and was involved in all the activities possible,” she said.

“One of the things I like most about JROTC is the uniform. I wear my uniform with pride knowing that I am representing all the men and women that have served our country. I like the fact that in JROTC we are not just cadets we are family.”

Despite the demands of JROTC, she makes time for her studies and other activities.

“At school I am in the Engineering and Design Academy and in the School for Advanced Studies program,” Rodrigues said. “I am also in the Senior Club and Random Acts of Kindness Club. In our community, I often volunteer at Operation Gratitude at the National Guard Armory and at Project Angel Food.”

After graduation, Rodrigues plans to attend California State University of Fullerton and major in business.

- Gayle Pollard-Terry
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Upcoming Events

Drama Club Lunch Event
Date: 4/24/2015
Location: Quad
Even Day
Date: 4/24/2015
Spring Fling Sponsored by Black Student Union (BSU)
Date: 4/24/2015
Location: Odin's Hall 6:30 p.m.
Police Academy and JROTC Field Competition Events
Date: 4/25/2015
Location: School-wide.
Club Rush Lunchtime Event
Date: 4/27/2015
Location: Quad