本城培德女中畢業生楊亭娜，5月25日星期五晚以優異成績畢業於孟德西諾社區學院，並選為畢業典禮致辭人，代表全校244位畢業生致畢業辭。亭娜也是Phi Theta Kappa 榮譽會的會員。
Tina Yang, a graduate of Developing Virtue Girls Secondary School, graduated with honors from Mendocino Community College on the evening of Friday, May 25. She was selected to be the commencement speaker that night and to represent the 244 students that graduated. Tina is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Talking about the great Chinese educator, Confucius, and his vision of a perfect world, Tina told the graduates, college faculty and guests she hoped they would do two things that Confucius suggested:
1. That people would "see everyone as part of their families," seeing "everyone's children as their own;" and
2. That people would "contribute their strength to society for the public good... without thought of personal gain."
Tina spoke during her speech about the people she has met who exemplified these two principles. She thanked the teachers who helped her apply to college. She said she will take along with her the things she has learned as she attended school and college here. This fall Tina will be entering the University of California at Los Angeles' prestigious film school, which only allows 15 students into its program.
Sixteen years ago, Tina came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas with her mother and grandmother, and attended Instilling Goodness Elementary and Developing Virtue Secondary Girls' Schools. She was just 5 years old then. Her mother and grandmother later became nuns.
Tina's graduation was attended by her mother, Heng Nai Shi, her grandmother, Heng Yue Shi, also the principal and vice principal of the Girls School, Heng Yin Shi and Heng Jen Shi, the women's coordinator at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Heng Liang Shi, and professor of Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Heng Hsien Shi.
Nine Students Graduate from High School at the Sagely City This Year
Four students are graduating from Developing Virtue Boys School this summer: Jeff Lin, Jimmy Koo, Paul Su, Andre Epstein. The five graduating from the Girls School are Angel Yang, Katrina Yeh, Virginia Tran, Peggy Tsai, and Phoebe Kuo. The Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Thursday, June 14, for boys and Friday, June 15, for girls, at the Daoyuan Hall. By Editorial Staff