It was a fine and lovely day on May 23, 2012. It was my first time attending a school board meeting. Much like all of the other events of the ILC, I was unsure of what to expect. As I walked through the door, I was surprised to find that there were many other people aside from the members of the ILC. I entered exactly at 6:15 so in a sense, I was late. Luckily, I was able to receive information about what was to happen that night. In terms of the ILC, the chaperones were to provide a brief summary on the program and it's itinerary. Brown was the first of the programs to be introduced where as Yale was the last. Did they save the best for the last? While I want to say I'm in the best program, I don't believe that is true. Every program of the ILC is just as great as one another and I'm honored to have an opportunity such as this. Well enough with the digression.
There were about 14-15 members seated on the stage, inlcuding a De Anza High representative, Amanda Calvo. The live broadcasting and seating arrangements of the school board administrators left an impression that reminded me of Congress. Before the ILC was presented, several people spoke on behalf of adult education. They thanked the school board for continuing adult ed and talked about it's beneficial impacts. When the ILC was called upon, I couldn't help but to feel honored and privileged. It was a great feeling to have the ILC students recgonized as the top students of the district. Afterwards, two former ILC members Terilyn Chen and Austin Long gave speeches about the positive influences the ILC had on their lives. Not to mention, the sponsors of the ILC were introduced. The meeting was ended with the group shot of 2012's ILC.
That day, I learned something important. I learned that this community, despite the shortage of funds, actually tries it's best to reach out to the people and students. The ILC is becoming a signature program of the WCCUSD. I am glad to be a part of something so life changing and impacting. This year's batch of students are outstanding and like Mr Litvin said, "these students will take over the world." Whatever the future holds, I will not forget what my district has done for me. I thank the administrators of the WCCUSD school board of education and ILC. This summer will be unforgettable.