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As a current student at Valhalla High School, I'm the type of student that is very committed to finishing a task given to me, and ensures that the work is effective and reliable. My goals for the next four next years are to finish high school, get a job, and go to college to get a degree. Colleges of interest to me would be UCSD, USD, or SDSU, because of their mathematic and science fields. I am interested achieving a degree in engineering, such as Mathematics and science interest me because it allows me to figure out how the world works, and why the world works.


Valhalla High School

1725 Hillsdale Road

G.P.A.- 3.67

Rank in Class- 101

12th Grade-

AP Physics. AP Calculus, English 7/8C, U.S. Economy, Art, Cross Country, Tennis

11th Grade-

AP Biology, AP U.S. History, AP Eng Lang, Environmental Design, JV-Cross Country, Pre-Calculus 1H, Spanish 3/4C

10th Grade-

Algebra 11H, AP World History 1/2, AVID. Chemistry 1/2C, Hum 2/Lit 1/2H, JV Cross Country, JV Track, V Tennis, Spanish 1/2C

9th Grade-

AVID, Biology 1/2C, Hum 1/Eng 1/2H, Huml Geo 1/2H, Phys Educ, Pl&S Geo 1H-1/2

Extra-Curricular Activities

JV-Cross Country, JV-Track, V-Tennis(Award for Most Improved), Ultimate Frisbee Club President

Personal Profile Sheet

Personal Profile

Complete the statements below to help me write your college letter of recommendation.


  1. The three qualities you like best about yourself are…




  1. The accomplishments you are most proud of are…

8th grade student standout

Varsity tennis - most improved

  1. The outside of school activity that has been most rewarding for you is....because....

  1. What is your greatest area of weakness, and why?

Time management because with sports and school I find it hard to have an ideal amount of time for homework and other educational responsibilities

  1. Are there any “extenuating circumstances” that I should include in the recommendation? For example: difficult adjustment to high school; family structure change; illness or other personal issues, etc.

  1. Right now, what are your top priorities?

Graduating high school and finding a job

  1. What statement summarizes your personal philosophy of life?

Everyone talks...I listen

  1. What are your career goals or areas of interest?

Mathematical fields

Scientific fields


  1. If you work, where are you employed and how many hours per week do you work? What do you like best and least about your job?

  1. Use this remaining space to relate a specific event that affected you in some way (socially, physically, emotionally, or spiritually). The event you choose and the effect it had on you should give me some insight about you.

Passing away of father at age 10, taught me to expect the unexpected and float on

Parent Brag Sheet

Parent Brag Sheet

  1.  What do you consider to be the outstanding accomplishments of your child during the past three or four years?  Why did you select these as the most important?

High achiever, he always asks more of himself to accomplish. He completes the tasks  he sets himself to do  and in a timely manner. Organizes classmate study groups to understand well  and or improve in  a class subject especially in finals.

  1.  In what areas has your child shown the most development and growth during the past three to four years?

Omar has become  more focused, researches information needed to meet his future goals.

I can see he gives  his best effort in everything he sets himself to accomplish.

He likes to keep himself healthy by eating well and doing sports at every opportunity he gets.

  1.  What do you consider to be his/her outstanding personality traits?

Helpful when asked to lend a hand, he will do it gladly.

Friendly, likes to have and make new friends.

Has a good sense of humor without being disrespectful.


  1.  What are the best five adjectives that describe your son/daughter?

     Independent, Sociable, Hard worker, well oriented and Respectful.

  1.  Are there any unusual or personal circumstances that have affected your child’s educational experience?

As a parent I always made clear to him, that the effort he puts in achieving good grades in school is for him and not for me. He needs to study every day and give his best effort. Because at the end of this hard work he will obtain a higher education which is his own reward

Parent(s) name  Marina Ortuno  Signature_______________________

Child’s name   Omar Ortuno

College Recommendation Sheet

Letter to Provide to Recommending Teachers

Hi Mr. Andersen,

Thanks so much for fulfilling my request of writing a letter of recommendation!

In our previous conversation I talked about how I was applying to five different colleges. One of the colleges uses the Common App and you can submit one copy of your letter of recommendation for this school by logging into the “Recommender” section of the Common App website after you receive an email invitation from me (

For the other four colleges, I have included a postmarked envelope where each letter of recommendation needs to be sent. I am applying regular decision to UCSD, UCD, UCI, Cal Poly, and USD. These recommendation letters are due on January 1st.

I ask for a letter of recommendation from you because I highly enjoyed your Honors Pre-Calculus class, and because you’re familiar with my work ethic and academic abilities. Below are a few things I will always remember from your class and I hope they will make writing my letter easier:

  • Receiving a 67% on your first test and thinking to myself, “Woah, this is some next level math!,” I will never forget that because it was the first math class I had to study for and realized that this isn’t a regular math class.

  • Problem Sets...ooooh boy, I honestly enjoyed problem sets, somewhat, because they allowed me to bring my knowledge into use where I could try to solve a problem that I did not know exactly how to do, making it interesting to see how your class would improve my problem-solving skills.

  • But by far the best part of going to math class every single day was to here you crack those jokes!, I couldn’t stop laughing the whole day, my friends always wondered why I was just laughing in my later classes.

I hope these points are helpful to you as you write the letter; however, do feel free to focus on other topics related to my in-class performance that you think the college might like to know.

Again thank you for your time. I know how busy you are and I really appreciate your help. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of any help - [email protected]

With gratitude,



Everyone talks, I listen.

College Essay

Omar Ortuno

Period 1

The Quiet Game

Yelling is the worst way to communicate to others, it is loud and hurtful, it is in no way healthy or beneficial to anyone. The ability to communicate is the reason why humans have become highly advanced, and yelling abuses that power. I have not yelled and will not yell because there are more effective ways to communicate to others, such as talking. At that moment that I realized that yelling was useless in the human language i transitioned from childhood to adulthood.

Yelling at people in a moment of anger is one of the darkest things a person could do to another because it opens fear in the other. Yelling doesn’t help anyone. Anytime someone does something that purposefully is done to annoy, I tell myself that yelling will make matters only worse and therefore I don’t yell and instead keep the situation calm. My ability to keep my emotions tamed and peaceful is the reason why I can take care of anything like an adult. Whenever I am walking through the hallways or sidewalks of school or the city, and I see someone yelling, there’s a feeling that gets transmitted to everyone near the person that is yelling, that is hate, hate is very contagious, but to those few that are immune to that disease live happy fulfilling lives.

I find this to be my turning point in life because a respectful adult with a lifetime of experience would know how to handle things, like Mrs. Myers, my Environmental Design teacher here at Valhalla High School is a very respectable women because she treats everyone with respect and dignity. She has never yelled at anyone for any reason. Anytime there is a possibility of yelling she tells the class, “I will not yell because I will not lose my dignity.” Those are words to live by. Since I do not yell, I can form strong relations with people because I’m aiming to be a respectful person to get to know all kinds of people. Yelling isn’t the only thing I can control, but it’s the way I can control anger and other destructive feelings. Since I don’t get angry, people don’t see me as a threat and therefore form strong relations with me.

There are many reasons why I don’t get angry, because I don’t need to, most people have a so-called “limit” if passed the person explodes and rages. However I like to see myself with no cap because if anything seems to bother me I either see the good things, and ignore the bad, or I exercise which is also very helpful in relieving stress. I like people to know me as a cool guy who accepts everyone, and takes things maturely. I hope that by living the way I do that people will learn and try to stay calm in all situations. But I don’t do what I do for others, I do it for me, it only allows happiness to be seen in my world, sadness and madness are blocked from my views.

The part of my life that changed me to an adult was the time I puzzled together that emotions must be tamed and kept at peace. It’s not that I can keep my inner self at ease but it’s that I have learned to accept whatever happens around me. My goal is to learn more and possibly better ways to interact with all kinds of situations.