Outstanding graduate: Matthew Vasquez, Monroe High School
Posted by BARBARA JONES on 6/5/2019
Monroe High leader seizes every opportunity enroute to UC-Berkeley
When you consider that UC-Berkeley awards its Fiat Lux Scholarship to high-achieving freshmen who embody resilience serve as a beacon for their school, it’s easy to understand why the prestigious university chose Monroe High graduate Matthew Vasquez as a recipient.
With a 3.8 GPA and a portfolio of Advanced Placement courses, Matthew will be the first in his family to go to college. He serves as the student representative on Monroe’s School Site Council, competes on the Vikings’ football and track teams, and is a peer college counselor for his classmates.
He also has a good head start on his desired career in sports medicine as a volunteer at Monroe’s school-based wellness clinic at Monroe and a leader in the Youth to Youth (Y2Y) summits organized by the L.A. Trust for Children’s Health.
Raised with his two older brothers by their single mom, Matthew says he’s been inspired by their hard work to do well in school. He’s also been mentored by his teachers at Monroe, who showed him what can be accomplished with a college degree.
“My brothers are working two and three jobs, and I see how tough it is,” he said. “Then I see my teachers and the example they set and that motives me. I realize what I can do within my own interests.”
Monroe High Principal Chris Rosas said he’s been impressed not only by Matthew’s hard work, but his varied contributions to the school community.
“With his active leadership, high grades in challenging classes and support for our school, he’s a pretty amazing guy,” Rosas said. “There are always a lot of opportunities out there, and it’s the student’s choice to take them or not. Matthew is one of the students who seized every opportunity and took advantage of it.”