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Mammoth-San Manuel Alumni

Fifty one years ago, our school district was in its infancy. Construction of the mine and plant areas brought students from around the world who, along with area students, attended school in barrack buildings and limited school facilities. Our alumni includes successful members of every profession, all of whom have a deep pride in whom we are and where we started. In some families, the third generation is now attending our schools.

We will spotlight our alumni here, so be sure to visit this page often to see what they have been up to.

Camille Corral

What year did you graduate from San Manuel Jr/Sr High School?

I graduated from San Manuel Jr./Sr. High School in 2009.

What is your most memorable moment from your high school years?

My best memories while attending high school were in Mr. Miles and Mr. Smith’s classes; they’re such characters. Mr. Miles always found a way to make science entertaining and anyone who has taken his class will know what “Pink is pink!!” means. And well, the name Hugh Smith speaks for itself.

How well did your experience at SMHS prepare you for college?

Ms. Simon and Mr. J were so helpful when it came to applying for scholarships near the end of my senior year. A lot of my classmates, myself included, were awarded scholarships thanks to their persistence. Thankfully, I graduated a four-year university debt-free because I was able to maintain the requirements for the scholarships Ms. Simon and Mr. J helped me get—not many people can say that.

What college did you choose to attend after graduating from SMHS?

Arizona State University

What was the best part of college?

The best part about college is growing. You meet so many different people and have so many different experiences that you learn a lot about yourself and who you are outside of the tri-community.

What did you get your college degree in?

I got a B.S. in Human Nutrition.

What are you doing now?

I just finished my first year of dental school at University of Colorado and will be spending the rest of my summer studying to take the National Boards Dental Examination, part 1.

What advice would you give to SMHS students?

Get an education. Acting school, night school, beauty school, military enlistment, online school, even if you have to go to U of A, the opportunities are endless. It’s the best way to gain experience and meet the kinds of people that will get you to where you want to go.

Gabrielle Sanchez

What year did you graduate from San Manuel Jr./Sr. High School?

I graduated from San Manuel Jr./Sr. High School in 2009.

What is your most memorable moment from your high school years?

The most memorable moment from my high school years would be my freshman year. It was that year during homecoming when we went to Cathy’s house, our high school sponsor, and built our float, ate pizza, and worked on our skit! That year we gave the class of 2006 a run for their money! 

How well did your experience at SMHS prepare you for college?

My experience at SMHS has prepared me very well for college. Thank you to all the teachers throughout my high school years that took the time, effort, and dedication to stay after school to continue helping me with the material I struggled with most in high school. Your time, effort, and dedication have made me the nurse I am today and made it possible for me to help many in our community. 

What college did you choose to attend after graduating from SMHS?

After graduating from SMHS, I attended Arizona State University, where I received the Provost Scholarship for $36,000 for four years. After completing prerequisites for Nursing, I attended Pima Community College where I received my degree to become an LPN. I am currently attending Pima Medical Institute where I will graduate this coming August with my associates as a Registered Nurse. 

What was the best part of college?

The best part of college besides the “college life” was the transition from a small town high school student to an adult at a four-year university and meeting new individuals from different parts of the world.

What did you get your college degree in?

I received my degree in nursing.

What are you doing now?

I am continuing my education and plan within the next 10 years to have my doctorate degree in emergency medicine or to be a family nurse practitioner from the University of Arizona!

What advice would you give to SMHS students?

High school is only a stepping stone in the pathway to becoming the individual you will be in the further years of your life. With a little motivation, determination, and inspiration you will chose who you will become, what you want to achieve, and how you achieve it. Let high school prepare you for the many opportunities life has to offer!

The Acosta Family

We're proud to claim the Acostas as part of our Mammoth-San Manuel family. They were recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star as a successful family that has overcome many obstacles in order to educate their children and create a good life for themselves. We invite you to read their inspiring story.