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El Capitan High School

P.O. BOX 835
100 Farmland Avenue
Merced, CA 95348
Phone: (209) 384-5500 FAX: (209) 384-5517

Lee Shaw, Principal
Katina Austin Albert Gonzalez David Rodgers Butch Seifert
Associate Principal Associate Principal Associate Principal Associate Principal
Assessment /11​th​ Disc. Guidance Attendance 10 & 12 Athletics/Disc. 9​th ​& 11th
384-5530 384-5505 384-5504 384-5510

March 21, 2017

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing this letter on behalf of Alaya Tyson, who is an outstanding student in my
Economics and American Government class at El Capitan High School. In class, Ms. Tyson has
conducted herself with respect for her fellow classmates and showed an interest in the subject
matter by earning one of the highest grades in the class.

Alaya comes to class prepared and ready to learn. She is both a team leader and a team player
completing group projects and assignments with excellence. She shows thoughtfulness in her
responses and is a joy to have in class.

Besides being a student at El Capitan High School, Alaya is involved in the Leadership, a mentor
for the Link Leadership Program, and a member of the California Scholarship Foundation, as
well as Yearbook staff. Athletically Alaya has been apart of the track and field team and the
nationally ranked Cheer team. In the community Alaya has volunteered over one hundred hours
earning the Presidential Service Award. After high school, Ms. Tyson plans on attending college
and pursuing a career as a dietician.. I highly recommend Alaya Tyson for the scholarship your
outstanding organization is offering as she is truly a standout student-athlete at ECHS. If you
have any questions, please feel free to contact me at


Sheila Petty 
Sheila Petty
Social Studies Department
El Capitan High School

“​Learn, Love, Lead & Leave a Legacy”