Alumni Update



Our Dean of Enrollment, Mrs. Yekiazarian, went to Vietnam and met up with alumni, Lia Surianingrat (1993) and her sister, Osie Surianingrat (1998). Currently, they are both stay at home moms. Lia has three girls, and Osie has two girls.

Admissions on the Road



Presenting on "How to Apply to High Schools in the USA"

Mrs. Yekiazarian visited Sunrise Vietnam Education Consulting in Hanoi (pictured with agent Pham Phung Mai on the right).

On November 8th, Mrs. Yekiazarian went to Jakarta, Indonesia and delivered a presentation at "The @america Center Education USA" on "How to Apply to High schools in the USA.” (Photo above from: @america)
Stay in "the know" with "Admissions On The Road":http://www.southwesternacademy.edu/currentfamilies/admissions_events.html

The Great Woman of Maize

We love to hear about successes our alumni have in college and beyond. On this past November 1st, recent graduate Nancy Ruiz Vasquez (2013) read her poem "The Great Woman of Maize" in front of the English Department at CSUN. The poem, a bilingual evocation of her mother and her culture, won a first-place prize in a contest that included graduate students. Congratulations, Nancy! 



Southwestern Academy's Class of 2016 University & College Acceptances List


Sports Awards (2015 - 2016)

SPORTS AWARDS – 2015-2016


SOCCER:     ALL-LEAGUE HONORS – 1ST   JAYDEN OU, PETER ZHANG
                                                                      2ND  ADAM BROWN, ALBERT LOPEZ
   TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER     -   ISAIAH GLENN
   TEAM MOST INSPIRATIONAL             -   GAIA UEDA
   TEAM MOST IMPROVED PLAYER      -   KEN CHIN
  

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:    ALL-LEAGUE HONORS    1ST  SHIHO KATAGIRI, SUMMI KIM
                                                                                             2ND SILVIA DONG, JOLIE LIU
   TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER     -  YE SONG
   TEAM MOST INSPIRATIONAL             -  MARIE XU
   TEAM MOST IMPROVED PLAYER      -  ELIZABETH MUSIEIEVA

JV GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:   
   TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER     -   ADA HUANG
   TEAM MOST INSPIRATIONAL             -   SELINA HUANG
   TEAM MOST IMPROVED PLAYER      -   MAGGIE LOPEZ

  
BOYS BASKETBALL:    ALL-LEAGUE HONORS     - LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER- JEFFREY WAN
LEAGUE CHAMPS  12-7                                                 1ST JAYDEN OU, ADAM BROWN, SHUNJI HIRONAKA
                                                                                              2ND RAIN LIANG, PETER ZHANG
   TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER     -   JEFFREY WAN
   TEAM MOST INSPIRATIONAL             -   SHUNJI HIRONAKA
   TEAM MOST IMPROVED PLAYER      -   JAYDEN OU

GIRLS BASKETBALL:       ALL-LEAGUE HONORS – 1ST  SHIHO KATAGIRI
                                                                                                2ND ADA HUANG, SARAH ALLEN
   TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER     -   SHIHO KATAGIRI
   TEAM MOST INSPIRATIONAL             -   ADA HUANG
   TEAM MOST IMPROVED PLAYER      -   SARAH ALLEN

BASEBALL:                            ALL-LEAGUE HONORS  -    1ST EDWARD YEN, MAC KHAN
                                                                                                     2ND GYO NAKATANI, GAIA UEDA
   TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER     -   EDWARD YEN
   TEAM MOST INSPIRATIONAL             -   GAIA UEDA
   TEAM MOST IMPROVED PLAYER      -   MAC KHAN

BOYS VOLLEYBALL:     ALL-LEAGUE  HONORS – LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER- JEFFREY WAN
LEAGUE CHAMPS  17-2                                                  1ST ISAIAH GLENN, PAVEL KLIMOV, ADAM BROWN
                                                                                              2ND JAYDEN OU, DANIEL GORIN
   TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER     -   ISAIAH GLENN & JEFFREY WAN
   TEAM MOST INSPIRATIONAL             -   JASON WEI
   TEAM MOST IMPROVED PLAYER      -   CEE RUANGPANYAPOT

JV BOYS VOLLEYBALL
   TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER     -     DERVIN LOPEZ
   TEAM MOST INSPIRATIONAL             -    ANDELO PUTRA
   TEAM MOST IMPROVED PLAYERS    -    JARRRAH ALLIAHA

SPRING GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
   TEAM MOST INSPIRATIONAL             -   KOKO MAI
   TEAM MOST IMPROVED PLAYER      -   JASMINE YANG


ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – 2015-2016

ZHONGNI “JEFFREY” WAN

Haochen "Vincent" Wang from China (Class of 2007)

Before & After

Currently, Haochen "Vincent" lives in Chicago and works as a Application Engineer for one of the leading Japanese machine tools manufacturing company.

How Southwestern Academy helped him achieve to where he is now:
"I have met some of my best friends and greatest teachers in my life during my years in Southwestern Academy. Without their help and encouragement, I probably would not survive engineering school all these years."

His fondest memory: 
"That would be the Chinese New Year Celebration event. (Was it called the Chinese dinner?) I still could not believe I managed to cook Chinese food for 100 people in just one afternoon."

Jacob Dean Skillett from U.S.A. (Class of 2012)

Before & After

Jacob is currently starting his Junior year at The University Of North Dakota, Majoring in Commercial Aviation. Since graduation he has received a Private Pilot's license and is an Instrument rated Pilot. This upcoming year he will be receiving his Commercial Pilot's License, with an Aerobatic/Multi-engine rating, and will be flying cargo around the Upper Middle West (U.S.A.). 


How Southwestern Academy helped him achieve to where he is now:
"Southwestern Academy really helped me get focused and understand the amount of work that goes into achieving your goals. The workload from Southwestern Academy prepared me to deal with the workload that any college/university usually gives its students."

His fondest memory: 
"My Fondest memory/memories at Southwestern were the sheer diversity of the students and getting to understand their cultures. I remember more specifically a time sitting with a Japanese student,  I learned and asked questions that showed me how different my culture and upbringing is compared to his. That is by far the greatest memory I got from Southwestern Academy."

Yi-Fan Chu from Taiwan (Class of 1999)

Before & After


Yi-Fan is currently working as Executive Chef at Dusit D2 in Patong Phuket. It is a resort that has over 340 rooms, and 6 outlets. He has been cooking over 14 years and will never stop cooking. “Cooking is my passion and my life.”  He is engaged and is looking forward to his upcoming wedding this December. Yi-Fan recently was a competitor on show called Iron Chef, and finished for the 2nd Rematch battle. The video has not yet been released.

Here are two article links which highlight Yi-Fan's current success:



How Southwestern Academy helped him achieve to where he is now
"Southwestern Academy taught me how to be myself, to be independent and to show us that, no matter where we are coming from and what our family back ground is…if we work hard good things will come to us." 

His fondest memory:
"I love Southwestern Academy. Every moment is memorable, but I never forget this: back in 1996 we lost a great volleyball player named Boonyarit Thanapoomikul. We went to our last playoff game against Providence High School.  We hoped that 'we will win for him' but lost that game and our team was so sad. While everyone was heartbroken, sad and crying, Mr. Gibbs comforted each player one by one. I remember he said to me, 'keep your head up and don’t give up!!' From that moment, I pushed myself. Since then, I had fallen in love with volleyball.  Even now, whenever I go through difficulties, I keep remembering what Mr. Gibbs told me that day....and I never let myself give up." 

Blend Bardhi from Kosovo (Class of 2001)

Before & After

Blend is currently a part-time student studying Public Administration and Policy at one of the Universities in Kosovo. He is also helping his uncle run his business. 

How Southwestern Academy helped him achieve to where he is now:
"Southwestern Academy taught me many things but the most important are work ethic and a strong desire to always grow and grow all ways."

His fondest memory: 
"All of the memories from Southwestern Academy are good memories; but the ones I remember  most vividly  are the hiking trips with Mr.Herbst, Mr.Veronda’s excellently explained US History lessons  and of course  the aroma of food being cooked outside on the big grill."