RHS Se­niors Re­ceive Awards, Schol­ar­ships

Riverbank News - - NEWS - BY RIC McGIN­NIS

Thou­sands of dol­lars in schol­ar­ships and other awards were pre­sented to grad­u­at­ing River­bank High School se­niors at a cer­e­mony in the Ray Fau­ria Memo­rial Gym­na­sium on Wed­nes­day, May 9.

Mem­bers of the Fau­ria fam­ily were on hand to award schol­ar­ships in honor of both he and his wife Vi­vian. The late Ray Fau­ria was the first prin­ci­pal of the high school, 50 years ago, and both he and his wife were in­stru­men­tal in found­ing the River­bank His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

RHS var­sity base­ball boys al­most missed the pro­gram, ar­riv­ing late be­cause of a lengthy con­test in their last home game of the sea­son. But they ar­rived in time for most of the cer­e­monies. The ten­nis team had a sim­i­lar dif­fi­culty, ar­riv­ing late af­ter a tour­na­ment vic­tory and Divi­sion II Sec­tion ti­tle win in Stockton. All was well, how­ever, as all de­serv­ing ath­letes re­ceived their awards.

In­for­ma­tion tab­u­lated from the school’s pro­gram lists in­di­cate that around $60,000 in some 90 schol­ar­ships and 130 other awards were pre­sented on May 9.

Awards were pre­sented to scholar-ath­letes and other stu­dents, many re­ceiv­ing mul­ti­ple awards.

They were pre­sented by in­di­vid­u­als rep­re­sent­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions rang­ing from the Marine Corps and U.S. Army, to fam­i­lies, clubs, civic or­ga­ni­za­tions and peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing them­selves. Also, the group in­cludes teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors, both for­mer and cur­rent.

Some schol­ar­ships were pre­sented in mem­ory of for­mer teach­ers or ad­min­is­tra­tors or for­mer stu­dents through the years.

Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tions, RHS Prin­ci­pal Dr. Sean Richey said that the Class of 2018 was the larg- est, most ac­com­plished class he’s worked with in the 10 years he has been at RHS.

An in­di­ca­tion of that fact was ap­par­ent dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion that night of the Vale­dic­to­rian for the up­com­ing grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies. The cri­te­ria for the se­lec­tion is usu­ally who has the high­est GPA.

How­ever, he said, “this year there was a tie ... and there are 11 stu­dents who have posted at 4.0+ grade average.”

His list of names in­cluded Jesus and Valeria Aguiniga, An­gelina and Saira Moreno, Ryan Choeb, Kameron Gil­bert, Alon­dra Her­nan­dez, Ale­jan­dro Manzo, Alon­dra Valdez, Jen­nifer End­s­ley and Guadalupe Ro­driguez.

Dr. Richey gave no in­di­ca­tion of how he planned to han­dle the log jam it might cre­ate dur­ing grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies.

In re­cent years mul­ti­ple speak­ers have split the time set aside to ad­dress the au­di­ence and class­mates.

NEWS PHO­TOS BY RIC MCGIN­NIS

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RHS foot­ball and track ath­lete Allen Brown, left, is con­grat­u­lated by Marine Corps Sgt. Kyle Chantry dur­ing the Se­nior Awards cer­e­mony held at the high school on May 9. He re­ceived, with other se­niors, a Marine Corps Dis­tin­guished Ath­lete Award but was...

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