OCEANSIDE, CA – The Oceanside Room will host its second Rising Star Student Induction Program at El Corazon Senior Center December 7 from 7:45-9 a.m.
The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce hosts the Rising Star Program to identify high school seniors in our city’s high schools who have overcome major challenges in their lives, but have been able to maintain or return to their education.
Each school principal collaborates with his staff to nominate one high school student per month. Students must be committed to a college or vocational school and must emulate the program’s mission statement: “Inviting the business and education community to honor Oceanside seniors for their transcendence of adversity by demonstrating the character, integrity, and participation in the school and community that make our city shine like a star.”
Thereafter, honorees become eligible to apply for higher education scholarships which will be awarded at the end of the academic year. While scholarships may be awarded for a variety of fields of study, the Chamber and its workforce development staff will be required to keep in mind emerging industries in the region including technology, biotechnology/life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and hospitality.
This month’s Rising Star and Student of the Year program takes place at a monthly breakfast event from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. at a location off the Oceanside campus during the school year.
During the event, principals, parents of students, and mentor teachers will share what sets this student apart from other students and provide examples of their personality, integrity, passion, focus, and perseverance that have made them a rising star on their campus and in our community.
The December honorees are: Jesus “Choi” Rivera from Surfside Education Academy, Angel Padilla from Oceanside High School, and Javier Murillo Jr. from El Camino High School.
They are hosting the Rising Star program as part of a larger workforce development initiative, said Scott Ashton, CEO of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.
“The primary goals are student recognition, higher education scholarships, and building relationships between the business community and the K-12 education system. We focus on partnering with our educational partners to ensure a strong workforce for Oceanside companies,” Ashton said. “In addition, we would like to thank Genentech for their generous sponsorship of the $20,000 scholarship that will help more of our rising stars reach for the stars!”
Rising Star events are open to all members of the community who wish to show their support for our students. Tickets are $25 for room members and $40 for potential members. more information.
The Chamber would like to thank SDG&E for being a sponsor of the event, Tri-City Medical Center and Genentech for being the sponsors.
See photos from the inaugural Rising Star event on November 2, 2021.