"ROAD TO GRADUATION" is a daily series highlighting the accomplishments
of the Class of 2016 and bringing to light some of its amazing stories.
From arts to athletics to clubs, students have the opportunity to get involved
in a wide variety of ways at Village Christian School.
Few have taken advantage like Abraham Miranda.
But Miranda’s involvement extends beyond the VCS campus, his work
in the community garnering numerous honors.
A three-sport athlete, Maestro Award-winning member of the choir, and mainstay
on the VCS stage, Miranda has earned the Youth Promise Award from
La Prensa de Los Angeles, a Certificate of Recognition from
District 39 Assemblywoman Patty López, and a nomination for the 2016 Latino
Spirit Awards’ Dynamic Youth Award.
“Something my family taught me was to always try to achieve your
goal, but along the way, help those in need,” he said.
And that’s exactly what he’s done.
For years, he was worked with persons with disabilities and joined missions
trips with his church and VCS.
He has a desire to give back in a way that attracted the attention of Assemblywoman
López’s office and led to a six-month internship with the 39th district.
“As a Christian, that’s our calling,” he said. “In
the Bible, it says that Jesus told the disciples, ‘When you fed
the hungry, the needy, the cold, when you clothed them, you were helping
me.’ That was something my family instilled in me, so that’s
why I always felt the need to help others.”
Attempting to harness the community’s voice, he coordinated a survey
gauging public opinion about the proposed high-speed rail system.
Miranda built the survey and began distributing it around VCS and into
the surrounding area.
The valuable data caught the attention of López and other Assembly
members, who began talks to reach an even wider audience.
“Abraham is a shining example of how California’s youth are
already changing our communities for the better,” said California
State Assemblywoman Patty López. “Aside from his academic
achievements, he has done amazing work with several nonprofit organizations.
He is extremely dedicated to helping those in need. He is intelligent,
hardworking and passionate about making a real difference. I have no doubt
we will see him accomplish even greater things in the future.”
Miranda’s internship was a stepping stone.
As were each trip to Mexicali, each theatre production, and each engineering
What hasn’t changed is his desire to make a difference.
Because what makes Miranda special isn’t just what he’s accomplished.
It’s what motivates him – his heart of service.
“When I think about Abraham Miranda, I love all of his accomplishments,
I love the many things he involved himself in and his success at all of
them. But I’ll tell you, when I think about Abraham, what I really
think about is his heart,” said VCS Principal Bruce Osgood. “He
is an amazing young man in that he is passionate about his relationship
with Christ and passionate about serving others.”