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Students Celebrate Continued Success at the NAC’s 6th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration
The Nicholas Academic Centers (NAC) celebrated the success of its students on Monday, November 24, at the NAC’s 6th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration at Valley High School in Santa Ana. The 450-plus people in attendance included NAC students and alumni, family members, community leaders, and high school and college faculty and administrators.
 
Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) Co-Founder and former CEO Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III, opened the evening by commending students for surpassing national averages in College Enrollment and Retention Rates, as well as 4-year and 5-year Baccalaureate Degree Completion Rates. Retired Superior Court Judge and NAC Co-Founder, Jack K. Mandel, noted that the success of NAC students in college has piqued the interest of top-rated universities from across the United States; this fall, representatives from more than 20 colleges, including Georgetown University, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, Haverford College, and Princeton University, visited the NAC to meet with students. Guests of the Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration also heard from Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Richard L. Miller, and City of Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, who gave thanks for the positive impact the NAC and its students have made in Santa Ana.
 
During the dinner, current NAC students, Raymond Santana and Concepcion Perez, shared how the NAC has impacted their lives. Concepcion Perez credited the NAC for giving her the confidence she needed to apply to and attend an intensive, two-week "Pre-College" program at the University of Notre Dame in June. Class of 2012 NAC Scholar, Katrina Linden, now a junior at the University of Notre Dame, shared how her experience at the NAC and at Notre Dame has inspired her to consider working in the non-profit sector after graduating college so that she, too, can give back to her community.

 

   
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