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If it is to be, it is up to me.
I am powerful beyond measure.
I manifest pride, poise, perseverance
and the relentless pursuit of excellence for myself, my family, my community, and my world.


A thank you letter to my alma mater, CHEC.

For some people, one's middle and high schools are a blur and something to quickly forget. You attend classes, meet a few friends, graduate, and then you begin the rest of your adult life. I don't think many of us ever stop to think about how much of an impact going to the right middle school or high school makes on one's life journey.  Well, I have and I can honestly say that I would be not where I am today without Bell or Lincoln. And for that, I owe this place a huge thank you.

Thank you, CHEC for shaping me into the adult that I am today and for giving me teachers that truly cared about my life and success. Thank you for providing me with lifelong mentors who I know I could always go to at any point in my career. Thank you for opening doors to so many opportunities and thank you for setting me up for success.

Thank you for being the place where I discovered myself. I got to spread my wings and became the best version of myself on campus and I got to be a part of memorable experiences and one-of-a-kind opportunities that I don't think I would have found anywhere else. Thank you for truly caring about the well-being of the students. I know at times students can get frustrated and feel that the whole world is against them, but I know how hard the faculty and staff works and how much they try every day to make CHEC a better place for everyone. Thank you for being my middle school and high school experience.

Thank you to the friends that I made. CHEC was my second home and the music department was my second family. We went through everything together and supported each other through everything. Thank you for all of the laughs, the tears, and the unforgettable memories. I don't think I would have survived Bell without you all by my side and I am so thankful to have made such amazing lifelong friends.

I am beyond blessed to have had the high school experience that I had. I love that I could come back anytime and be welcomed with open arms. I look forward to coming back and giving back to the school that gave me so much. Thank you for everything!

To current CHEC students, I would ask you to cherish your time on campus and take advantage of all that is possible here at your school. Don't leave without creating a special relationship with your teachers and your colleagues. Good luck on your jouryney.


Astrid Rivera
Class of 2011

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