Marne Foster, newly elected San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Trustee; Cecil H. Steppe, President/CEO of the San Diego Urban League and Chairman of the Gompers Preparatory Academy Board of Directors; and Shirley Wilson, Area Three Superintendent; joined district leaders, students, parents, community members and staff at the official dedication of the newly installed athletic field shared by Gompers Preparatory Academy (charter school) and Millennial Tech Middle School in Chollas View.
The ceremony began with August “Auggie” Sonnenberg, eighth-grade student at Millennial Tech, leading the Pledge of Allegiance; and Tara James, senior at Gompers, performing "God Bless America." Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Construction emceed the program that included guest speakers: Samuel Straughn, senior class president at Gompers; Teandre Allen, eighth-grade student at Millennial Tech; Chairman Cecil H. Steppe, Trustee Marne Foster; Vince Riveroll, director of Gompers; and Willie L. Neil, principal of Millennial Tech.
Student hosts/hostesses included: August Sonnenberg, Alexis Hill, Jolize “Jojo” Frank, and David Gomez, all eighth-graders from Millennial Tech; Daniela Valdez, Samuel Straughn, Carolina Leon and Misael Chavez, all seniors from Gompers.
After the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, some of the Gompers and Millennial Tech students demonstrated how the new shared-use field is used. The nearly $2.2 million athletic facility is on approximately 3.5 acres adjacent to Gompers and Millennial Tech. The synthetic turf play field was completed in Nov. 2012. It includes a full football/soccer field, a full baseball facility, and enough open area for multipurpose use. The new facility is part of the master plans for both schools, and is only one of several capital improvement projects planned for both sites. The second phase of the athletic field will be a softball complex, which will be completed sometime in 2015.
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