MVLA Board Recognition of Distinction
The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School Board of Trustees regularly recognizes individuals, organizations and community groups whose contributions to the district continue the history of distinction for which our schools are known. The students of our community benefit from their dedication, selfless energy, and commitment to quality education. Our honorees include MVLA Friends of Education, National Board Certified Teachers, and Students of the Month.
In addition, extraordinary recognition has been received by MVHS class of 2000 graduate, Jose Antonio Vargas, who is a reporter for The Washington Post.
The Washington Post won six Pulitzer Prizes -- one for its team effort in breaking news coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. Two of the nine articles were written by Jose; the first was an eyewitness account (penned with Michael Ruane) that ran on the front page, the second was a feature on students . On the day of the shooting, less than three hours after the rampage, he landed an interview with Trey Perkins, who sat in the back of Room 207 when shooter Seung Hui Cho barged in. Jose found Trey on Facebook, "friended" him, chatted with him on AIM, and convinced him to talk on the phone. It ended up being the key interview of the day.
The Post team decided to donate the $10,000 cash prize to a university fund at Virginia Tech.
"You're a Pulitzer winner!" an editor yelled at Jose. "No, it's not really mine. Listening to Len Downie, the Post's top editor, describe the Prize and our individual contributions to it nearly 12 hours ago, a huge smile on my face, I couldn't help but think of all of you." The Post team decided to donate the $10,000 cash prize to a fund at Virginia Tech.
"I want to be an honest man and a good writer."