It was a night focused on an elite group of top, well-rounded students.

Sponsored by the local American Association of University Women, the annual ice cream social honored 33 seniors representing Antioch, Deer Valley, Dozier-Libbey and Pittsburg high schools.

"This is the highlight of the year for our AAUW group," said Patty Chan, chair for the event, which more than 100 people attended. "All of the students have worked so hard and deserve a promising future."

The night included keynote Speaker Dr. Rejoins Frazier-Myers from Pittsburg Unified School District, and Antioch's Nicholas Crossen, who made the top 100 boys finalists in this year's "American Idol." He sang "You Raise Me Up."

Chan was grateful to the AAUW members and volunteers from LMC Circle K for helping out. The AAUW Delta Contra Costa Branch has been involved with recognizing high school senior scholars since 1960s.

Here is a quick rundown of the honored students:

ANTIOCH HIGH: Mitchell Anthony will study mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley or UC Merced. He has been active in Knights of Columbus and is a six-time scholar athlete.

Olivia Bailey heads to University of Utah to study obstetrics/gynecology or forensics. She is as a scholar athlete and cheer squad captain.

Meriah Barajas plans to attend Azusa Pacific or UC San Diego and may major in English. She is editor-in-chief of the newspaper and two-sport scholar athlete.


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Bryce Dawson plans to attend University of La Verne to major in business management. An honored scholar athlete, he will be a football wide receiver at La Verne.

Jacob Elmore has his Academic A and was voted Mr. Panther Super Student. He plans to write his own stories.

Lindsay McGrath is going to Fresno State to major in liberal studies and has a special interest in speech pathology for special needs students. The senior class president plays soccer and runs track.

Alyssa Perry will attend San Francisco State majoring in journalism. The editor-in-chief of the yearbook is an honor guard and has earned an Academic Block A.

Shuk Wai Lau plans to major in psychology at UC San Diego, Berkeley or St. Mary's College. She is the vice president of the Key Club and was awarded outstanding achievement for her a 4.0 GPA.

Shuk Yan Lau plans to attend UCLA, Irvine, Davis or Santa Barbara. She was honored for participation in the AHS Mock Trial and has a 4.0 GPA.

Ma Fatima Uy Talag heads to Los Medanos College and transfer to an art school to study animation and film. The basketball team captain is a scholar athlete.

DEER VALLEY HIGH: Jacob Bonham will attend LMC and transfer to earn a degree with an interest in science, math and/or video production. On the swim and water polo teams, he volunteers to help young swimmers.

Round Allen De Leon will attend Dominican University of California to major in nursing, with plans to be a nurse practitioner in orthopedics. The U.S. Tennis Association member is a scholar athlete.

Shelley Foster plans to study music and voice at one of the UCs. She won an outstanding musicianship award at the Forum Music Festival and is an AP scholar.

Irma Guardado plans to attend San Jose State to earn a public relations degree. She has played in the orchestra for four years and volunteers a retirement home.

Shannon Guillory plans to get a BA in biology or veterinary science. The DV law academy student enjoys mixed martial arts, poetry and fashion design.

Sophia Gumas would like to attend a UC, earn a psychology degree and become a therapist. She has played softball, was co-captain of the soccer team and part of National Coalition Building Institute.

Darius Ingram plans to major in business administration at St. Mary's, UNLV or Cal State East Bay. He has been involved in leadership and is senior class secretary.

Christine Layamon will likely attend a UC and major in psychology. She is an AP scholar with honor and recognized for achievement in geometry, English and science.

Jacqueline Odiase plans to attend a four-year university to major in biology for a career in epidemiology. She attended Princeton on a full scholarship last summer, and is an AP Scholar with distinction.

Jacob Virtusio plans to attend a four-year university to major in neuroscience. He is in orchestra, a member of various school clubs and maintained a 4.0 average at DV.

DOZIER-LIBBY MEDICAL HIGH: Alexandra E. Lauron plans to get a degree in nursing and major in biochemistry at St. Mary's, University of Mississippi or SF or Sonoma State. She has been in leadership and has on honor roll since ninth grade.

Erin McDaid plans to pursue a degree in biology. She has captained the Relay for Life team and teaches piano to children from 3-15 years of age.

Savannah Sellers plans to attend BYU for a degree in nursing. She is chapter President for CSF, founder of Interact and active in California Girl's State.

PITTSBURG HIGH SCHOOL: Uzuri Drake plans a career in community service and may attend UC Riverside. She is a four-time scholar athlete and six-time Academic Achiever award recipient.

Shannon Gonzales plans to attend Cal, major in social sciences and later join the Peace Corps to teach English. She is president of Puente and Club Power and treasurer of AP Club.

Jennifer Igbinake will major in biology at either UCLA or Vassar. The six-time Academic Achiever is a class medalist honoree and was awarded for perfect attendance.

Sonam Kumari will be the first in her family to attend a four-year university with plans to major in biology. She is the 2013 valedictorian and an Academic Achiever.

Sheenarose Manuel plans to attend UC Irvine to major in nursing. An Academic Achiever and scholar athlete, she was the volleyball team captain.

Adrienne Mims is student body president and traveled to Nicaragua with the Global Glimpse educational program. As a member of the marching band, she participated in the Macy's parade.

Marisa Elena Mota is going to Cal or UCLA to major in biological or environmental science. She is a scholar athlete, honor roll student and the 2013 salutatorian.

Abraham Padilla plans to major in political science and sociology at UC Davis, UC Berkeley or Stanford. He is the trumpet section leader in marching band and an AP scholar.

Francisco E. Rojas plans to attend Sacramento State to major in criminology. He has already participated in the P-Tech program at LMC and has been on Principal's List.

Alberto Romero-Bothi plans to major in neurobiology, physiology and behavior at UC Davis. The founder and president of the Rock Band Club, he was a finalist for a national poetry competition.

Contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net.