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CUHSD's Emotional Winter Wishes Tradition Captures Hearts and the Attention of Local Media

 Written By Allira Bellawala and Michaela Edin, CUHSD Communication interns


Friday, December 7, Westmont and Branham High Schools continued the tradition of spreading tidings of joy at this year’s Winter Wishes assemblies. Each year, students across CUHSD send in wishes they hope their school’s Associated Student Body (ASB) will grant.


The wishes included small gifts like gift cards to larger gifts like plane tickets and laptops. While the bigger wishes are granted at a school rally, smaller ones are delivered periodically throughout the week, making for a fun surprise for students.

With donations from companies and individuals across the community, each school’s ASB pulled off surprises for this year’s rallies.

“It was the best Winter Wishes yet. [Winter Wishes] has always been my favorite assembly, and I’m glad my last one was so touching,” said Westmont High School Senior Nanar Boursalian.

Among the gifts at Branham High School, one student received financial help because of her health struggles that put a strain on her family.

The faculty wasn’t forgotten during this year’s Winter Wishes. Many students put their wishes aside to recognize their teachers. One Westmont High School art teacher and expectant mother, received diapers, baby supplies, gift cards and more from students.

“The whole thing was kind of surreal. I honestly was taken back by how much ASB did,” said Westmont High School student Siddiqui Manaal.


NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas featured the Winter Wishes event in his Bay Area Proud segment. View the full story here Source: NBC Bay Area