Broadoaks Alumni

We continuously hear about the achievements of our Broadoaks alumni in high school, college, and beyond. Our students are highly sought after by local high schools, public and private. Last fall, for example, 18 high schools had recruitment tables at our High School Information Night. Recently a parent reported that the high school where his daughter was interviewing had wonderful things to say about Broadoaks, noting that Broadoaks sets its students on a “path for success.” Another parent also shared that her child’s middle school experience aptly prepared her for the demands of high school as well as future paths. She noted that the teachers not only know where each student is academically, but even more, they know where each student is socially and emotionally, and can therefore make sure they set goals accordingly so that they are fully ready for their next steps. These examples are consistent with good news we hear from parents year after year.

The Broadoaks School prepares students for academic and real-world success. As such, graduates of the school are admitted to their top high school choices where they excel and achieve admission to the country’s top universities.  Please contact Jennifer Brown with news about our graduates’ accomplishments so we can feature them in our newsletters or on the website.


Broadoaks alum Tesfa Madhin was featured in “Our Sonora Spotlight Student” on January 10, 2021.  Tesfa has been accepted into Stanford University! While attending Sonora High School, Tesfa has excelled in his Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Social Science Courses. In addition, he is the President of the Sonora Life Companions Club, serves as the event committee co-chairman of the Life Companions Club, the Secretary of the Model United Nations Club, and the Vice President of the Chess Club.  Tesfa is also an active member of Sonora’s Cross-Country Team. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, Tesfa!  

Brianna Martinez (Broadoaks Class of 2008) graduated Sonora High School with an IB Diploma.  She went on to receive her B.A. from Whittier College, where she was a Mellon Mays Fellow, Sigma Tau Delta President and Literary Review Editor-in-Chief, Fulbright semi-finalist, and magna cum laude.  This month she will begin studying towards her Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA where she will also be teaching an undergraduate writing course.  Congratulations, Brianna!

In July 2019 the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) proudly announced Clara Son (Broadoaks Class of 2019) as the champion in the Impromptu Speaking category at this year’s National Speech and Debate champions.  We are so proud of Clara’s accomplishments and hard work!

In May 2019 Clara Son (Broadoaks Class of 2019) placed at the California Middle School Forensics Competition 2019. Clara won 1st place in the Impromptu category, 1st place in the Extemporaneous category, 2nd place in Original Oratory and won the Best Speaker Award.  Congratulations, Clara!

Broadoaks alum Sarah Peel graduated from Whittier College in 2010 with a BA in Child Development.  Sarah graduated from Chapman University in 2016 with an MA in Special Education.  Sarah is happily employed as a special education teacher with WUHSD.  In her spare time she is dedicated to animal rescue and training.

Broadoaks alum Melanie Peel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Whittier College in 2014 with a BA, double majoring in Biology and Environmental Science.  Melanie graduated from Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018.  She is happily working in internship settings as a DVM with a deep interest in wildlife veterinary medicine and habitat conservation.

Eighth grader Clara Son did phenomenally in representing Broadoaks at the 2018 National Speech and Debate competition in Fort Lauderdale last summer.  She placed 6th in impromptu speaking as a finalist and made it to Quarterfinals for Prose as well as Dramatic Interpretation.   

Joanna Juarez has chosen to attend Boston Conservatory at Berklee (college decision as of June 2018).  Joanna also received an honorable mention in Ceramics and a medal in Yearbook during the 2017-2018 school year at Cornelia Connelly School, as well as Tri-School Theatre Awards in Assistant Directing and Dance.

Follow the link to view an article about our Broadoaks Alumna Megan Valadez:

Congratulations, Christina Parise!  Christina graduates May 2017 from Colorado State University, College of Natural Sciences.  Follow the link to view the article about this awesome Broadoaks Alum:

The following students have achieved honors for the fall semester of the 2016-17 school year at Cornelia Connelly School: Domenica Diaz–Honors with Distinction and Joanna Juarez–Second Honors.

Markie Wagner, who attends La Serna High School, has been accepted to Stanford University!

Briana Chacon, who attends La Serna High School, is the girls division winner of the 2016 Southern California Junior Amateur Golf Championship!

Jessica Ochoa is currently a Ph.D. student studying Molecular Biology at UCLA (2016-17).

Joanna Juarez has been selected to be part of the cast of the Tri-School Theatre fall 2016 production You Can’t Take It With You.

Domenica Diaz and Katsya Kennedy have been selected as two of the new board members of the International Thespian Society Troupe #4566 for 2016-17.

Alyssa Lizarraga, who attends La Serna High School, scored in the top 2% of the 1 million students who took the PSAT in 2016.

Emily Leyva and Emily Stevenson have been selected to be part of the cast of Ramona Convent’s fall 2016 play Our Town.

Gwen Rath and Megan Valadez are members of the 2016-17 Ramona Convent cross country team.

Zoey Gaxiola won one of two postions for Freshman Class President at La Serna High School for 2016-2017.

Brianne Estrada, Alexa Gaxiola, Manuel Herrera, and Andres Ruacho all joined the Poet Community fall 2016 as freshman at Whittier College.  

The following Broadoaks alumni achieved honors for the fall semester of the 2015-2016 school year at Cornelia Connelly School:

Domenica Diaz, class of 2017, First Honors

Joanna Juarez, class of 2018, Second Honors

Katsya Kennedy, class of 2017, Second Honors

Hannah Martinez was ranked #1 in the freshman class of 720 students at California High School beginning Fall 2015.

Updates from Ramona Convent Secondary School 2015-2016:

At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year we learned that Megan Valadez made the Frosh/Soph Volleyball team and was also elected as 9th-grade Class President.  Based on her second semester 8th-grade grades, she also applied and qualified for the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF).