ALA, Academic League and Ambassadors Program

Academic League and Ambassadors Program Update
Our ALA continues to excel among the nation’s Catholic schools in the Catholic Math League. As of today, here’s the current status of our three levels’ remarkable performance in their two tests, with the results of the third test pending:

• 7th Grade Math: Ranked 1st Place out of 58 schools
• 8th Grade Pre-Algebra: Ranked 3rd Place out of 71 schools
• 6th Grade Math: Ranked 31st Place out of 81 schools

Their culminating programs kicked off last Thursday with presentations and awards, covering various subjects. On Friday, they enjoyed a visit to Universal Studios. A big thank you to all ALA parents, student ambassadors, coaches Ofie Ruta, Marie Antoinette Romillo, and our MS faculty for their contributions. Congratulations to ALL!


Thursday – 12/14/23 Updates on Academic League & Ambassadors Program from Mrs. Ofelia Ruta, Main Coach

Exciting news! Our 7th Grade ALA students have once again secured their position as the top performers nationwide in the Catholic Math League following their exceptional scores in CML’s second testing. They continue to hold the lead among Catholic schools, showcasing their impressive math prowess – ranking 1st out of 55 schools.

Additionally, our 8th Grade secured a commendable 3rd place among a substantial number of 67 participating schools, while our 6th Grade students put in their best effort and achieved a notable standing, securing 22nd place out of 79 participating schools.

These results were tabulated on Thursday, 12/14/23. Although there might be some minor alterations as a few more schools submit their scores, the 7th grade remains steadfastly strong. Please refer to the detailed breakdown for more information.

ALA Top Scorers in Catholic Math League as of 12/14/23

7th Grade Math – 1st Place
55 schools and 826 students competing:
2nd – Joaquin Lopez
3rd – Calix Salunga
5th – Gavin Miguels
6th – Autumn Braden
7th – Camille Gammad
14th – Jacob Nagano
20th – Christopher Caceres
24th – Camila Tagorda
58th – Emily Gibson
69th – Michael Samija
70th – Kendall Ballestero
8th Grade Pre-Algebra – 2nd Place
67 schools and 947 students competing:7th – Shanessa Dias
10th – Cailey Villanueva
45th – Alexis Gonzalez
53rd – Noah Samuy
54th – Emma Aguilar
63rd – Audrey Monilla
64th – Mia Rose Flores
65th – Kaseidy Kochoa
6th Grade Math – 22nd Place
79 schools and 1151 students competing:50th – Bethany Samuy
81st – Aiden Valdez

Our ALA students are actively engaged in various activities during the break. They’re continuing their exploration of ‘Journey to the River Sea,’ working on their paintings, preparing a report on renowned global structures, independently studying Catechism, and may schedule their CML Testing 3 upon their return.

Regarding the field trip to Universal Studios, a preliminary parent consent form was distributed prematurely. Upon school resumption, a new form containing comprehensive details will be provided. Additionally, the day before the educational trip, the program’s Student Recognition event will take place. For specific dates, please refer to the website calendar. Thank you.


ALA, Academic League and Ambassadors from Mrs. Ofelia Ruta, Main Coach & Miss Marie Romillo, Assistant Coach on Catholic Math League School Results for top scores from HFGS as of 11/19/23:

8th Grade Pre-Algebra ALA – 3rd Place out of 60 Catholic schools which competed nationwide
7th Grade Math  ALA – 1st Place out of 49 schools
6th Grade Math ALA – 16th Place out of 70 schools

Top scorers from HFGS nationwide:
8th Grade ALA Pre-Algebra out of 863 students competing nationwide – Top 10%

#4 Kaseidy Kochoa
#27 Shanessa Diaz
#41 Cailey Villanueva
#42 Audrey Monilla
#82 Noah Samuy
#83 Mia Rose Flores
#84 Emma Aguilar
#85 Isaac Acosta

7th Grade ALA Math out of 766 participants –  Top 5%
#2 Joaquin Lopez
#4 Calix Salonga
#5 Jacob Nagano
#6 Gavin Miguel’s
#7 Autumn Braden
#11 Camille Gammad
#22 Camila Tagorda
#28 Christopher Caceres

6th Grade ALA Math out of 1,020 participants – Top 25%
#48 Bethany Samuy
#87 Aiden Valdez
#88 Zoe Klebes
#134 Ace Aguilar
#196 Josh Tojino
#251 Emma Baradas
#252 Daniel Reyes

ALA Coach Ofelia Ruta outlined additional topics that our Academic League will delve into for their ongoing readings and study sessions. Throughout the upcoming school days and holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, students will engage in the book “Journey to the River Sea” by Eva Ibbotson. Moreover, the Academic League will explore various significant subjects such as catechism for kids, our world history, weather phenomena, and the exploration of famous buildings and structures across the globe.

Congratulations on receiving the following award!
Kendall Ballestero, 7th Grade, won the Msgr. Brouwer’s Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest among the 7th grade contestants from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. When our Middle School students were invited, all our ALA – Academic League and Ambassadors submitted their grade level essay entry. They all competed for one of the three $500 scholarships. Our ALA contestants developed the topic: How does the way you live your life bear witness to Jesus? 6th and 7th grade ALA will be attended the Missionary Childhood Association Mass celebrated by Archbishop Jose Gomez on Tuesday at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. ALA supported Kendall as she received her certificate and scholarship win right after the Mass.

Congratulations, Kendall B. on your remarkable achievement in winning the essay writing contest. To all the other ALA participants, thanks and way to go! Your insightful and faith-filled composition reflects not only your talent but also your deep understanding of our Catholic values. Thank you and well done, Kendall, Mrs. Ruta (Coach), and ALA Team.


HFGS ALA, Academic League and Ambassadors Rank HIGH in Catholic Math League (Report as of Wednesday, 2/22/2023)

Math 6th Grade – 4th Place out of 76 Catholic schools in competition nationwide
Math 7th Grade – 6th Place / 53 schools
Pre-Algebra 8th Grade – 6th Place / 60 schools

Top HFGS Pre-Algebra 8th Grade students out of 825 CML students competing:
1. Eli Ong Yiu
2. Joseph Nagano
3. Zachary Panis
4. Joel Villalta
5. Dylan Jazmines
6. Isabela Lopez
7. Joshua Estrada
8. Siena Aguayo

Top HFGS Math 7th Grade students out of 751 CML students competing:
1. Shanessa Dias
2. Noah Samuy
3. Miarose Flores
4. Emma Aguilar
5. Alexis Gonzalez
6. Cailey Villanueva

Top HFGS Math 6th Grade students out of 1,110 CML students competing:
1. Calix Salunga
2. Angela Leynes
3. Joaquin Lopez
4. Camille Gammad
5. Autumn Braden
6. Camila Tagorda
7. Jacob Nagano

Congratulations on our ALA’s 3rd CML Test overall performance for the year! Our school with Main Coach Ofelia Ruta, Assistant Coach Marie Antoinette Romillo and the members of our faculty are proud of you. Thank you for staying consistent in all your Math practices and drills.


ALA, Academic League and Ambassadors Accomplishment Report from Mrs. Ofelia Ruta, Main Coach & Miss Marie Romillo, Assistant Coach – CONGRATULATIONS!

Catholic Math League school ranks in the nation as of Sunday, 1/8/2023:
8th Grade Pre-Algebra Division – 4th Place out of 57 schools competing
7th Grade Math Division – 6th Place out of 51 schools
6th Grade Math Division – 2nd Place out of 72 schools

6th Grade Math Division (with 1,034 students in competition)
1. Autumn Braden
2. Angela Leynes
3. Camilla Tagorda
4. Joaquin Lopez
5. Calix Salunga

7th Grade Math Division (with 715 students in competition)
1. Noah Samuy
2. Shanessa Dias
3. Miarose  Flores
4. Emma Aguilar
5. Alexis Gonzalez

With IXL’s comprehensive review of Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math by our ALA students, the entire team has received the following certificates for skills mastery and proficiency and has devoted a total of 421 hours of study.
* For outstanding completion of 25,000 Math questions on January 5th, 2023
* For outstanding completion of 100,000 Questions on January 7th, 2023

Congratulations, ALA and thank you, Mrs. Ofelia Ruta (Main Coach) and Miss Marie Romillo (Assistant Coach)