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LOUISE QUALIFIES WITH PEPPERDINE'S INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT THE LONDON PROGRAM
Louise will spend her entire Sophomore year at the London campus of Pepperdine University in South Kensington, London England. She's very excited to be part of this program and with all the positive experiences and great travel opportunities it will bring her. London calling...
LOUISE @ 18
Louise turns 18 and celebrated the traditional Filipino "Debut" party. She had a wonderful time experiencing a fairy-tale like debutante ball at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, Ca. She celebrated this coming of age party with her loving family, relatives from as far as the Philippines, and close friends from high school and new friends from Pepperdine University.
Our sincere gratitude goes to all our family and relatives who in one way or another helped in making this event a memorable one.
We thank all our friends from various affiliation for their presence in sharing this beautiful moment with us.
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY it is!- Louise officially became a Wave
After a whole year of preparing for her future plans following high school, Louise has finally decided to attend Pepperdine University to continue her education in the fall. She was offered acceptances from many prestigious universities, among an exceptionally competitive pool of applicants from all over the world, and it is a blessing that God has led Louise to join the Pepperdine family.
She received a generous scholarship from the university, as well as receiving outside scholarships from the Elsinore Women’s Club, Pechanga and by being Student of the Year – all of which is greatly appreciated and blessings from God. At Pepperdine, Louise will be majoring in Journalism, on the track to becoming a sports broadcaster or journalist in the future.
“I’d just like to thank the Lord, my parents and everyone who has continued to support me throughout all of these years leading up to this moment, the moment that marks the beginning of the rest of my life. I’m so blessed to have had my time at TCHS; I will always keep my Titan family in my heart, and I hope that I have managed to leave even a little bit of an impact as I graduate. I can’t wait to begin my journey at Pepperdine, and most importantly to continue strengthening my faith, and improving academically and professionally to lead a life of greater purpose and serve others. Go Waves!”
CLASS OF 2012 - Louise as Valedictorian
There is no better way to begin the road to celebrate a high school graduation than by being blessed with a Baccalaureate Service. Monday, May 21, 2012 was a beautiful sight to see as soon-to-be graduates from all high schools in the Lake Elsinore Valley came together to mark the end of high school and the beginning of this new chapter in their lives – all while gathering in the name of the Lord.
“It was mostly Temescal students who attended, which made it feel even more special since they were most of my closest friends throughout all of high school,” says Louise. During the service (which was hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Venture) the FCA leaders, along with some of the significant mentors on campus, shared their testimonies, prayers and messages to help guide the class of 2012 to choose God, and to let Him lead them to His plans.
Louise was asked to share a message during the service, and to this she reflected, “I was so humbled to be given the opportunity to profess my love for God and to share with friends who are near and dear to my heart that they should allow Him into their lives, and to let go and let God. I was praying so hard about what I was going to say, and I’m thankful the Holy Spirit came and spoke through me. I’m still praying hard for those who weren’t able to attend, that they will soon allow God to touch their lives, as well.” (Link to Louise’s speech: )
This service was exactly what everyone needed during this time of celebration and thanksgiving. “We’re about to make our own decisions that will affect our lives immensely, and we need to be deeply rooted in the Lord so that we can follow the path that He has set out for us.”
STUDENT OF THE YEAR- AWARDED TO LOUISE
On the social high school senior calendar, the important events deal with sports games, dances, significant senior privileges, etc. But a little known event that goes under the radar for many seniors, let alone the rest of the campus, is the prestige of being awarded Student of the Year. It starts off by being nominated for Student of the Month, which in itself is already a great achievement, and so goes the extensive track to applying for the immense scholarship, along with the honor that comes with being Student of the Year.
At the recognition dinner, many highly esteemed officials and their representatives from the United States Congress were present, as well as the generous local contributors and business owners, to join in celebration of the reception of this prestigious award. Louise expresses, “I can’t say thank you enough to all of the sponsors and everyone involved in this program. Because of them I’m more motivated to truly give back to the community that has shaped me into who I am today, leading me to all of these achievements. God is truly blessing us all.”
There’s a lot that goes on during senior year, on top of the nostalgia of finally reaching the metaphorical educational finish line to finally cross over to the adult world. But listing all of these events one after another, Student of the Year definitely precedes the rest. “I know that senior year of high school will soon be overshadowed by college graduation, getting your first job, and all the other milestones in our futures, but this will definitely not be easily forgotten.”
Ask any high school senior what their most anticipated event of their final year in grade school would be, and the top answers usually consist of graduation, college acceptances, finally having the opportunity to create a “Year of Lasts” album on Facebook, and the list goes on. Now, it may be a little hyped up in movies but Senior Prom is definitely another highlight that is looked forward to by most high school seniors.
Every 15 Minutes... a unique and powerful experience for Louise - Watch video (Warning: Not for the faint of heart)
Every 15 Minutes is an extensive program that teaches young people about the deadly effects of drunk driving and how so many lives are completely changed because of the tragic devastation caused by alcohol related accidents. This event is participated by the Police and Fire Departments, the California Highway Patrol, Paramedics, Inland Valley Regional Hospital, Community officials, District Attorney’s Office, Funeral Homes, High school staff and committees, social workers and a wide section of community volunteers. Louise is so grateful for the opportunity to be chosen to play a very significant role in this program. On February 15, 2012, a mock car crash scene was staged at the curve of Dexter Road and El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore, CA near Temescal Canyon High School at around 10:00 am. And on this day, a drunk driver took the life of Louise and two other Temescal Canyon High School students. This is a real-life drama as police cars, fire trucks, ambulances,paramedics and Mercy Air helicopter rushed to the scene. Louise was a passenger of the car hit by the drunk driver. Firefighters and paramedics attended to her as she was lying on the street covered with blood as she sustained fatal injuries. Inside the ambulance, the paramedics had to cut her shirt to connect machines and tubes as she was being transported to Inland Valley Regional Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. “I know that my parents were so overwhelmed with anguish, trauma and emotional pain seeing their only child whom they loved so much in that kind of scene. I was so worried for my mom because she would later hear from the doctor that I didn’t make it. And as they accompanied her to see me for the last time on that emergency room bed, lying cold and lifeless with all the machines and tubes still connected to me, it was very tragic and unthinkable. During the overnight retreat and seminar, I heard real stories how young and innocent lives are being taken too soon and how much their families will suffer forever because of this wasted loss of life due to drunk driving. This program is really life-changing and I am forever grateful for being given the opportunity to play a big part in it. I am also grateful for my parents who supported me in my desire to accept the role even if they knew how much they will experience a real-life tragedy. From the beginning we were all informed that this very extensive national program will bring an overwhelming, dramatic and emotional impact to the participants, to their families and to all those who will witness the actual event, but my parents agreed anyway because they knew how much I wanted to make an impact and maybe change the perspective of so many people, both young and old, not to drink and drive. Again, thank you Papa and Mama for willingly going through all the trauma and emotional sacrifice during this two day program. And thank you God that we really didn’t have to say goodbye at this time.”
Louise was selected to participate and play a vital role in this event due to her invaluable standing in her high school community. Her participation was perceived to bring great impact and long lasting effect among her peers. It was difficult for the family to undergo such an experience, even if we all knew that everything was staged, yet the reality of this tragedy was so strong that we sincerely felt the agony of losing a loved one in a senseless accident brought about by fatal decisions of drinking and driving. But seeing the impact her participation brought among her friends, her peers and the campus as a whole, made us feel that our sacrifice was well worth it.
We sincerely hope that this event will transcend beyond Louise's high school community and help impact anyone reading this message. Save innocent lives, please don't drink and drive.
Visit Every 15 Minutes website for more information: http://www.every15minutes.com/
Louise’s High School Tennis Career
“Collecting awards and recognitions wasn’t my main goal… I played high school tennis because I wanted to take the opportunity to represent my school, to share my skills and to be part of a team effort,” said Louise while reflecting on four seasons spent playing on the varsity team for the Titans. Having played the number one singles spot since her freshman year, Louise was consistently a force to be reckoned with regardless of the opponent across the net. Her first two years on the team were challenging, as the Titans competed against the high level of play in the Southwestern League. Even after tough seasons, Louise was named as an All-League selection for two years in a row, as well as being MVP of her team.
Louise Treks to the Other Side of the World
Dear Families and Friends,
We welcome you to our family website.
It has been our conscious effort to try to connect with all our familes and friends using all possible means brought about by this tech-savvy society.
Finally, after years of tinkering and self-tutoring, I was able to launch this simple, yet (hopefully) informative website for all our families and friends to browse and learn updates from us, as well as from each other.
Many might notice that most of the initial articles are all about Louise's Tennis. As you would know, Louise is in her Junior HS year now, soon she will be eligible for recruitment in the NCAA College Sports program. We are hoping that, with her remarkable progress in Tennis, coupled with her excellent G.P.A. rating, she will earn an appropriate scholarship offer from Colleges/Universities that she prefers.
So far, we received several initial feelers from reputable Universities back East, and we would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for such intentions. We are also hoping that the rest of the UC's will soon follow :).
Anyway, our thought for this website is to become a hub of online communication for families and friends - nothing like Facebook 'tho :). Eventually, I will try to incorporate private video chat options and provide a facility for interactive uploads/downloads. We also encourage you to send us articles worth publishing and sharing within our circle of family and friends. Send me photos (no bigger than 100k) and write-ups for articles you want published. We are hoping that you will find time to leave us comments and suggestions in the space provided below.
Soon we will feature some of our families and talented friends and share updates from them. There are some features that are still in the works (meaning, I have yet to learn them-hahaha), but I'm determined to bring as much to this website for everyone to share.
So enjoy! God bless! :)
PREPS: A Q&A with Temescal Canyon girls tennis player Louise Dequilla
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