A crew including CBS correspondent Chris Martinez captured valedictorians Nancy Rivas and Jannet Gomez, as well as salutatorians Daina Espinoza, Yenifer Espitia, Kimberly Fernandez, and Elizabeth Perez Gayosso as they participated in AP government, enjoyed extra-curricular activities, and graduated.
Principal Vanessa Landesfeind said the school is proud of the girls and their hard work to get accepted into UCLA, UC Irvine, and UC Merced.
"We're very happy that our six girls are being recognized for their accomplishments and for all the years they've been in Compton schools," she said. "Their achievements are truly impressive and it's great to have the media paying attention to this amazing success story here at Dominguez High School."
Salutatorian Yenifer Espitia said it was a whole new experience to have a television news crew follow Dominguez's Super Six around, but that sharing her story will ultimately be the thing she remembers most.
"It was an interesting experience because we're not used to having a bunch of cameras follow us around. It was a once in a lifetime thing," she said.
"Students here might assume that because they come from Compton they're no competition to anyone else...why bother? They're wrong. That's why we're sharing our story."
Valedictorian Jannet Gomez said she and her fellow Super Six friends realized that by sharing their story, they could inspire others to achieve whatever they set out to do regardless of their background.
"The one thing they told us that really stood out for me is that we're role models. We never thought of ourselves as that before, so it was eye-opening," she noted.
"You have to go for it. If you shut yourself down before you even try, you're closing the door to opportunities."
Salutatorian Daina Espinoza said she hopes CBS Evening News' story will inspire others to work hard for their college and career goals.
"I think it's really important to share our story because we get to influence a lot of people, especially the younger generation. I know there's young people who could use more people to be inspired by."
As soon as senior counselor Cynthia Washington realized that her school's top six students are friends, she knew their story had the potential to positively impact others.
"We have six Latina girls who have maintained a 4.0 GPA or higher since elementary school. They are our salutatorians and valedictorians. We're very proud of their accomplishments," she noted.
"Their grad checks were back-to-back, so when I saw they were very much all friends on the same academic track, I knew they had an inspiring story to share."
Cynthia added that Dominguez High's Super Six are proof that Compton Unified students can achieve at the highest level.
"Good things come out of Compton. There are fantastic teachers here who work to make sure students get an A+ education, and we're doing it. There is an expectation that students who aren't from affluent communities don't do well academically. This is evidence that it's not the case," she said.
"These girls have been in Compton schools since elementary. We have a number of students who are academically on task. We want to show that. By sharing these girls' stories with the world, we're letting their achievements speak volumes about our schools."