2017-06-02 / Schools

MHS senior standouts await the next chapter

GRADUATION 2017 /// Moorpark High School
By Caitlin Trude

Celena Hu Celena Hu Celena Hu

Self-described “band geek” Celena Hu said her music career has shaped her into a more committed and disciplined student.

At Moorpark High, the 18-year-old clarinetist performed with the school’s wind ensemble; jazz, pep rally and marching bands; and the pit orchestra.

“It’s just really made me who I am and I’m so glad I’ve been able to be a part of the (music) program here at the school,” she said.

Celena has also played with the Ventura County Honor Band for the last six years and the All- State Honor Band for the last two.

She will continue her music studies at Biola University, where she’ll double major in music education and film production. First and foremost, she said, her goal is to be a film editor, but she hopes to give private music lessons as well.

“I’m really looking forward to starting a new life at Biola,” Celena said. “I’ve never taken any sort of film class, so that will be a cool experience.”

She said her time in the marching band will always be one of her favorite memories. She was drum major her senior year.

“Marching band was such a huge, huge part of my high school life,” she said. “This past season by far has been the best season ever. I put so much time into this program and just seeing that I’m leaving it. I’m going to miss it so much.”

Aiden McIlraith
Aiden McIlraith Aiden McIlraith

Aiden McIlraith says he’s looking forward to a new adventure when he heads off to Whitworth University in Spokane.

“ My parents both went there and I love the school,” the 18-year-old said. “I really liked the size of the campus and the culture on campus.”

Aiden, who’s passionate about math and science, will pursue a degree in physics at Whitworth.

“I’m looking at engineering and also, I just really enjoy physics,” he said.

At MHS, Aiden helped head up the school’s robotics club and served as vice president of the Moorpark Cyberpatriots Club, a team that participates in cybersecurity competitions.

He was also on the high school’s swim and water polo teams for the last three years.

Come fall, the teen is ready to start the next chapter of his life away from home.

“I’m looking forward to independence,” he said. “I’m also looking forward to more advanced curriculum. Now that I’m heading off (to college), there’s a lot more opportunities.”

But he won’t soon forget his hometown and the people who helped shape him into who he is today.

“I do love Moorpark; it’s a great town,” Aiden said. “I’ve made a lot of really good friendships here . . . I’ll miss that.”

Daniel Oseguera Daniel Oseguera Daniel Oseguera

Daniel Oseguera is a numbers guy.

So when he visited Oregon State University on a college tour, he was immediately drawn to the school’s mechanical engineering department.

“I really like math. I like to mess with numbers, and it’s just something that appealed to me,” said Daniel, 17. “My goal is . . . to work with alternative energy sources. I’d like to get a job with Tesla and help them make cars that are more affordable for the average family.”

While at MHS, he was also passionate about sports and volunteer service.

He played club soccer all four years and was on Moorpark High’s team for three. Daniel was also an active member of his school’s Catholic Service Club and his parish, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Moorpark.

The thing he looks forward to most after graduation? His freedom.

“I’ve always been independent; my parents like to tell me that,” Daniel said. “I’m ready to travel and see new things and open my eyes to more than just Moorpark. I’m excited to get out of here and learn new things and meet new people.”

Hannah Schofield
Hannah Scholfield Hannah Scholfield

Hannah Schofield’s college plans were already set when she was a junior.

After being scouted by Stanford University officials at her field hockey games, Hannah earned a spot at the school, where she’ll play on the Division I team.

“It’s been a longtime dream to play hockey in college and go to Stanford and I get both at the same time, which is great,” the 18-year-old said. “The campus is beautiful and it’s just really an amazing place. It (is) exciting to be a part of that.”

Hannah has played for the Moorpark Field Hockey Club for the last 6½ years.

“My dad played when he was really young, and so (he) pushed me to try it and I’ve been playing it ever since,” she said.

At Stanford, she will pursue her second love: science. She plans to major in bioengineering.

“(Hockey and science) have been my passions all throughout high school and I’m also inspired by women in science because it’s a rarity but it really shouldn’t be,” Hannah said.

Some of her best high school memories include running on MHS’s track and cross country teams and being involved with the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation and Interact Club.

Hannah looks forward to a fresh start after graduation.

“It’s been a really long time and a lot of hard work getting into Stanford . . . but everything’s coming together and my goals are being achieved and I’m looking forward to setting new ones,” she said.

Chase Standage Chase Standage Chase Standage

Chase Standage is soaring towards his dreams.

This summer, the 18-year-old grad will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland to study aerospace engineering.

Chase has long had his eyes on the skies.

After earning his private pilot’s license at 17, he’s continued to keep busy flying and performing aerobatics training with the Culver City-based Figure 1 Foundation, a nonprofit aviation organization.

In addition to staying on top of his flight schedule, Chase received an Open Water SCUBA Diver certification in March.

The teen has taken numerous AP Classes; ran on MHS’s cross country and track teams, and participated in the National Honor Society, California Boys’ State and U.S. Naval Sea Cadets.

Though Chase had his pick of other top-notch schools, including MIT, USC, Purdue University and the University of Michigan, he only had eyes for the U.S. Naval Academy.

“I was absolutely thrilled when I discovered that I had been accepted to the USNA,” he said.

“I had been sitting on an MIT acceptance for over three months by this time, and knew that the USNA admissions cutoff was right around the corner. But when I received my appointment, I was ecstatic to know that I would be attending the school of my dreams and that everything I have done throughout high school has finally paid off.”

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