Gustavo's Legacy: Scholarship. Spirit. Friendship.
Gustavo’s Legacy: Scholarship. Sprit. Friendship.
Gustavo Ipiña, a native of
Gustavo was loved by his many friends and admired by his teachers. In addition to being an honor student, Gustavo was a kind and gentle young man. His smile lit up a room.
In the summer of 2004, his life ended unexpectedly and violently in a tragic incident of roadrage while he was on the way home from work. His needless death will not go unnoted.
That winter, he was inducted posthumously into the National Honor Society at WWHS. In the spring of 2005 he was honored by the National Honor Society there.
On December 1st, approximately 50 of Gustavo's friends, teachers, and family members gathered on the Woodrow campus to plant and dedicate a tree in memory of Gustavo. At the dedication of Tavo's Tree, his English teacher Marjorie Shaw used the English language he loved so well to tell of some humorous experiences that they had shared and reminded all of how lucky they were to have known Gustavo. Another teacher, Mr. Romero spoke in Gustavo's first language, Spanish, encouraging Gustavo's friends to honor Gustavo by making the right choices in their lives, just as Gustavo had always done. After tying crimson and silver ribbons to a beautiful live oak tree, the group joined hands around the tree in a symbolic sign of solidarity with his spirit, his joy, and his legacy.
Please join them in supporting Gustavo's Legacy: Scholarship. Spirit. Friendship.
IN HIS OWN WORDS