They are some of the brightest stars on the local high school campuses.
The 35 students representing Antioch, Deer Valley, Dozier-Libbey Medical and Pittsburg high schools enjoyed a bit of time in the spotlight during the annual recognition event hosted by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women on April 10. All the honorees achieved a 3.5 GPA or better during these last four years, and were involved in a variety of activities.
"About 100 people came and enjoyed ice cream on a warm evening," AAUW member Patti Chan said about the event. "The families were proud of their students and took a lot of pictures."
The keynote speaker was Dr. Sean Wright. "He spoke passionately on 'everything's possible,' " Chan said.
Here is a list of the honored students and brief bio on each.
Luigi Raphael Pacoma Galvan hopes to study biomedical engineering at either Stanford or UC Davis. He has been active in Key Club, track and tennis, and was awarded the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Immediate Scholarship Reservation.
Michaela Holmes has participated in soccer, softball, track, and student government. Her goal is to attend West Point to study psychology or pre-med. She was honored with a George Miller Congressional nomination.
Kirti Khanna plans to attend a community college or UC Davis to pursue a career as a veterinarian. He has participated in orchestra and cross country. He volunteers at Antioch and Oakley public libraries, and is a scholar athlete.
Anahita Mehrabi has participated in book club and Key Club, taken college courses and interned at Kaiser. This year's valedictorian, she will major in biology at the University of Chicago or Cal on her way to becoming a pediatrician.
Eric Navarro is a masterful guitarist and accordionist, and lunchtime DJ at AHS. He plans to study musical theory and application to attain a degree in music at Los Medanos College.
Alejandro Ruvalcaba Nungaray has been a peer health care educator and taken a leadership role in team presentations. He plans to attend LMC, where he is already taking classes, and later transfer to Davis for a medical degree.
Miguel Padilla plans to attend UC Santa Barbara or UC Davis, go to med-school and become a surgeon. Active in Key Club and student government, he was also swim and soccer captain and involved with the Antioch Chichibu Sister City.
Megan Pato played varsity soccer for four years. As an EDGE ambassador, she mentored younger engineering academy students. She was MVP for soccer and a scholar athlete, who plans to attend Los Medanos College and transfer to a four-year school to pursue a career in finance or real estate.
Samori Roberts plans to attend UC Berkeley to major in mechanical engineering and become an aerospace engineer. He has been involved in Key Club and basketball, is a 4-year scholar athlete and volunteers for Kingdom Kids Daycare.
Whitney Spence plans to attend LMC while working on a YouTube partnership, then transfer to Expression College or a Los Angeles film school. At school, she plays violin and her film won the AHS Film Festival award. She has been playing soccer for 14 years in DYSL and AHS.
Scarlett Arreola-Reyes plans to continue her musical studies in voice, piano, guitar, song writing, composition and sound engineering. She has performed on and off stage in the DV dance program and with the Thespians.
Grace Ayoko is a varsity tennis player and was this year's captain. She also is an active member of the FHA-Hero Club and was a state finalist in its fashion competition. A scholar athlete and tennis MVP, she will attend Davis or UC Irvine to major in marketing.
Andrea Earley plans to pursue a nursing degree program at a four-year university. She played volleyball all four years and was team captain this year. This scholar athlete coaches a volleyball club, and is part of her church's youth group.
Jordan Earley is involved with Careers with Children at DVHS. Jordan plans to attend community college then transfer for a degree in early childhood development. She helps with her church's children's ministry and is in the high school ministry.
Madison Hunt's goal is to continue her education in college and get a double major in math and business. She was Key Club secretary and is currently vice president. She was also editor-in-chief of the yearbook.
Triya Marco was Key Club treasurer and on the yearbook staff. She was also ROP opinions editor. An AP scholar with honor, she wants to major in journalism at a four-year university. She has worked at Newsroom by the Bay at Stanford.
Kyle McDonald has been on yearbook staff, worked in stagecraft class, and was also sound technician for "Fools" and "Hairspray." This Platinum Renaissance winner wants to go to college and major in computer software engineering.
Emmanuel Perez played football and is on the volleyball team. He participates in AVID and CSF. The four-time scholar athlete received plans to major in marketing or education at a four-year university.
Zachary Spaulding plans to attend UCLA to major in mathematics with a minor or double major in music. He has been treasurer and VP for Key Club. He has been active in marching band as section leader, drum line captain and drum major.
Raina Vizcarra has been in Key Club and CSF, runs cross Country and plays Powder Puff football. A multitalented performer, she has been in school musicals, choirs, and was East County Idol third place in 2012. She plans to go major in music with a focus on vocal performance.
Janeet Dhauna plans for a pre-med degree at UC Davis or University of Nevada Reno. She is involved in diversity training and is the program chair. She competed in color guard and marching band, and volunteers at Antioch Animal Center and John Muir Hospital.
Brandon Lee plans a degree in athletic training and kinesiology at University of Nevada Reno or University of Hawaii Manoa. He has been active in CSF and diversity training. He was junior class president and ASB VP. Honors include sports medicine and leadership student of the year.
Amarachi Meru's goal is to attend Stanford, Columbia or Cal to major in biology toward becoming a pediatrician. She is student body president and VP of Interract. A DVHS color guard member, she has volunteered at Kaiser and in Nigeria.
Foxy Robinson plans to attend UC Davis or UC Riverside to study molecular and cellular biology. A member of CSF and Interact, she volunteers at Kaiser and Lone Tree Convalescent hospitals. She was Student of the Year in pre-calculus and AP language and composition.
Touba Shah plans to go to Cal Poly Pomona to major in chemical engineering. Active in leadership and HOSA, she is deeply involved in her Mosque. She was honored with the Jefferson Award for community service.
Anthony Abitz plans a career in civil engineering and construction management. He will begin his studies at LMC and transfer to Sacramento State. He has built many things around PHS in the wood shop, including money boxes for the football stadium and a front desk.
Stephanie Alvarez has been in the top 10 students in her class for all four years at PHS. She has coached JV tennis, and volunteers with the Italian Club and other local groups. She plans to attend UC Davis or Sacramento State to be a physician's assistant.
Jessica Beltran intends to major in psychology at UC Santa Barbara and become a lawyer. She is a member of Latinos Unidos Club and Youth Lead. She has received numerous academic excellence awards and is in the National Society of High School Scholars.
David Berrios will attend UC Davis to major in biochemistry, then med-school and become a physician. He is active in Key Club, Interact and Link Crew. He has been an academic achiever, AP scholar and scholar athlete for swimming.
Lesli Castañada plans to attend Davis to major in biology and computer science. She has been a member of Puente Club since ninth grade and is vice president of Latinos Unidos Club. She is an academic achiever and scholar-athlete and also plays tennis and guitar.
Marcus Franks played football all four years. An NCS scholar athlete and unanimous first team all-league tight end, he has also represented his class in leadership. He will attend Sacramento State to study kinesiology on the way to becoming an athletic trainer.
Harrison Knox plans to attend Cal Poly SLO to major in computer engineering. He has been instrumental in working with administration in forming a Student Senate, and is an academic achiever and honor roll regular. He also volunteers with Pittsburg Community Theater.
Faith Njunge has been active in volleyball, track, Black Student Union, Debate Club, and EAOP. She has volunteered at after-school programs and day care. The academic achiever and student athlete plans to major in business management.
Marili Quezada is waiting on responses from UC Berkeley and St. Mary's College and plans to major in economics. She participates in Link Crew, which supports freshmen academically and socially. She finished PHS in the top 9 percent, qualifying her for UC attendance.
Sam Whipple is active in Club POWER, is a Global Glimpse ambassador and swim captain. He has worked with the Marine Mammal Center. An academic achiever, he plans to major in marine biology but has not yet selected a college.
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