CLASS OF 2020 SENIOR AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP
Even after the school year ended and the seniors received their diplomas and awards, the accolades didn’t stop for Isabella Creado ’20. Creado (top left with parents Larissa and Clint) joined a Zoom call in June thinking she was interviewing for the final stage of a scholarship opportunity. To her surprise, and her parents as well, the call was to inform her that she was the recipient of a scholarship through the ACE Mentor Program.

The ACE Mentor Program is an extra-curricular club that partners with Del Amo Construction to provide opportunities for students who are interested in the architecture, construction and engineering industry. After submitting her application and answering several architecture-related essay questions, Isabella was awarded her scholarship by Del Amo Construction’s Jason Cave (above, top right). Joining the Zoom call to help celebrate were ACE moderators Bryan Dopp (above, bottom left) and Brian Adams (above, bottom right). Isabella attends the University of Oregon and plans to major in interior architecture. “Being part of ACE and Bishop, and how they provided these resources and opportunities, really helped me choose my path in architecture,” said Isabella.

BMHS RECEIVES FULL ACCREDITATION
The beginning of March was a busy time as BMHS began to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 restrictions. But just prior to the safer-at-home orders were implemented, the school hosted a team of educators for its accreditation evaluation through the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA). We are very pleased to announce that Bishop Montgomery was granted a full accreditation through June 30, 2026.

In anticipation of the visit, faculty, staff, students and parents worked diligently for several years preparing the schoolwide action plan. With surveys and meeting notes in hand, the school addressed WCEA standards in Catholic Identity, School Organization, Teaching and Learning, Student Support, and Material Stewardship in order to write an action plan for the next six years.

Special thanks to our WCEA coordinator, Ms. Laura Fabbri, for her guidance and leadership throughout the accreditation process.

NEWS & NOTES

BMHS was voted 2020’s Best Private High School by the South Bay’s Best Readers’ Choice Awards. BMHS was also named by the Easy Reader as 2020’s Best of the Beach’s Best Private High School for the 2nd year in a row. Nationally, BMHS was named the #3 Most Diverse Private High School in America by niche.com.


In February, the BMHS Science Team, including Michaela Toland ’22 and Shadi Rabadi ’21, competed in the Regional Science Olympiad at Rio Hondo College. The team finished 19th out of 53 schools, placing higher than school such as Santa Monica (20th), Chadwick (21st) and Loyola (28th).  


Irenosen Aboiralor ’20 represented BMHS at the Poetry Out Loud competition at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in February. She performed “Self-Inquiry before the Job Interview” by Gary Soto and “to the notebook kid” by Eve L. Ewing.


In February, four Class of 2020 football student-athletes were named scholar-athletes by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Patrick Stofila ’20 (left), Pierson Cordova ’20 (center), Brenton Hewitt ’20 (right), and Ian Wecker ’20 (not pictured) were selected for their outstanding achievement in the classroom and on the field.


Andrea Zamora ’20 and Tyler Garten ’20 were honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution for their leadership, service, and patriotism. Andrea received the Good Citizen Award; Tyler received the ROTC medal.

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