Students from Sierra Vista High School Receive Early Acceptance to The University of La Verne

Earlier this week, Sierra Vista High School sports medicine students and staff were preparing for the opportunity to attend a Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) college field trip. The tour was organized to explore the campus, learn about programs, and a chance for seniors to submit applications. What they didn’t expect was for more than half of the SVHS group to receive acceptance to the university during the field trip! 


“This is great news. Thank you Ray Palacios and Leticia Pelayo for giving our students that amazing opportunity,” said Sierra Vista High School Assistant Principal Norma R. Cervantes.

The twenty eight students that attended in total, were part of Sierra Vista High School’s ROP sports medicine program that provides practical, hands-on career preparation, and guidance. Students can earn ten elective units when taking an ROP class. ROP is designed to provide students with the technical skills required for particular jobs.

“This was all possible because of Ray Palacios, our girls wrestling coach who put us in contact directly with The University of La Verne,” said ROP teacher Leticia Pelayo. 

Pelayo, a key organizer of the tour, teaches Sports Physical Therapy at Sierra Vista High School. “Our experience at the University of La Verne was great and the staff is more than willing to help our students succeed in college,” said Leticia Pelayo. 

The tour was organized with HOSA, is a student-led organization that focuses on those who want to pursue a career in the medical field. It provides the opportunity for scholarships, networking, conferences, and competitions across multiple events. 

Congratulations Sierra Vista High School Dons! What a tremendous accomplishment. 





Above- The twenty eight VHS students pose on the tour of ULV


SVHS HOSA Acceptance Recipients

Above- The sixteen SVHS award recipients pose after receiving acceptance to ULV