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2. Quinn Sch­wabauer

GPA: 4.75 Par­ents/guardians: Stephen Sch­wabauer and Charla Kuyk­endall. Post-grad­u­a­tion plans: Un­der­grad school for chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at UCLA. Goals for next 10 years: Be­come in­volved in en­vi­ron­men­tal re­search and de­vel­op­ment. Clubs/ac­tiv­i­ties: En­vi­ron­men­tal Club pres­i­dent, UNICEF Club pres­i­dent, GSA. Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence: Trav­el­ing to UC Berke­ley with Sam Wright to visit friends and see a prospec­tive col­lege. Who would you like to thank and why?: I would thank Ms. Ota, my AP Chem­istry teacher last year, for mak­ing me love chem­istry and help­ing me fig­ure out what I wanted to ma­jor in and also Mr. At­wa­ter, my AP En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence teacher, for teach­ing me how my ac­tions im­pact the en­vi­ron­ment and how I can live more sus­tain­ably.

3. An­drew Metz

Metz. GPA: Par­ents/guardians: 4.68 Chris and Kim Poly Post-grad­u­a­tion SLO and ma­jor plans: in ar­chi­tec­ture. At­tend Cal What are your goals for the next 10 years: Grad­u­ate from Cal Poly and be­come an ar­chi­tect. Clubs/ac­tiv­i­ties: Track and field, cross coun­try, Skills USA (en­gi­neer­ing club), Sci­ence Olympiad, CSF. Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence: Go­ing to the Skills USA state com­pe­ti­tion with friends three years in a row. Who would you like to thank and why?: My par­ents be­cause they en­cour­aged me to ex­plore my ev­ery in­ter­est.

4. Alexan­der El­rod

GPA: 4.57 Par­ents/guardians: Robert El­rod/Amanda Linn. Post-grad­u­a­tion plans: At­tend­ing Loy­ola Mary­mount or Ore­gon State. What are your goals for the next 10 years: Grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, find­ing an oc­cu­pa­tion I am pas­sion­ate about pur­su­ing. Clubs and ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing high school: Var­sity wa­ter polo, var­sity swim, UNICEF club, CSF club, Chris­tian Club, bas­ket­ball.

Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence: Re­ceiv­ing all-league first-team hon­ors in wa­ter polo in my se­nior year. Who would you like to thank and why?: My par­ents. They are the driving force be­hind my fo­cus, work ethic, and con­fi­dence ap­proach­ing both aca­demics and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

5. Kh­wal Rafique

GPA: 4.54 Par­ents/guardians: Fa­ther Mo­hamad Rafique, mother Dil­shad Rafique. Post-grad­u­a­tion plans: Will be at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.

Goals for next 10 years: Dur­ing the next 10 years, I hope to be at­tain­ing a law de­gree af­ter re­ceiv­ing my bach­e­lor’s de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence and Mid­dle East­ern stud­ies.

Clubs/ac­tiv­i­ties: Girl Up (10-12): Pres­i­dent Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal So­ci­ety (ACS) (11-12): Founder/Pres­i­dent NorCal Sci­ence Fes­ti­val (11-12): Fes­ti­val Chair Cal­i­for­nia Schol­ar­ship Fed­er­a­tion (CSF) (10-12): Pres­i­dent Club S.T.A.R. (Stu­dents Tak­ing An Ac­tive Role): Sec­re­tary/Trea­surer. Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence: Stop­ping for just a mo­ment from my hec­tic sched­ule the day of the NorCal Sci­ence Fes­ti­val to stop and watch us have more than 3,000 mem­bers of our com­mu­nity en­joy the ac­tiv­i­ties, booths, pre­sen­ta­tions, etc., that we took the ef­fort to or­ga­nize truly gave this in­de­scrib­able feel­ing of serv­ing my com­mu­nity.

Who would you like to thank and why?: As cliché as it sounds, the most im­por­tant peo­ple to thank are my par­ents. Com­ing from tra­di­tional Pak­istani back­grounds where norms had to be bro­ken for them to al­low me to take part in the load that I have done such as spend­ing hours at NorCal Meet­ings, tu­tor­ing ESL adults, and hav­ing to spend count­less num­ber of hours on home­work once re­turn­ing home. It's dif­fi­cult for any im­mi­grant to hold on to their her­itage while also ac­cept­ing the val­ues of the new coun­try, but liv­ing in Amer­ica and want­ing their chil­dren to have a chance to pur­sue a bet­ter fu­ture for them­selves, my par­ents had to make huge sac­ri­fices through­out the process of rais­ing my four sib­lings and me, al­ways urg­ing us to do bet­ter and greater things at all times.

6. Ruth Her­nan­dez

GPA: 4.50 Par­ents/guardians: Ruth Aguirre Post-grad­u­a­tion plans: I plan on at­tend­ing Notre Dame de Na­mur Univer­sity where I will run cross coun­try and track. I plan to ma­jor in bi­ol­ogy which will set me up for med­i­cal school af­ter my undergradu­ate years. Goals for next 10 years: I hope to grad­u­ate from Notre Dame de Na­mur Univer­sity and at­tend UC Davis for med­i­cal school. I aspire to be­come a pe­di­a­tri­cian in the fu­ture and hope to bet­ter my ath­letic abil­i­ties do­ing col­legelevel run­ning.

Clubs/ac­tiv­i­ties: GSA, BSU, UNICEF, CSF, cross coun­try, track and field.

Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence: My most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence hap­pened this year when our 4x800 team which con­sisted of Brooke Aberle, Jackie Westert­erp, and Paige Se­fried, at­tended the Ar­ca­dia In­vite. I felt a rush of pride and hap­pi­ness as I not only was able to be part of some­thing huge, but got to ex­pe­ri­ence it with ath­letes that I love and look up to.

Who would you like to thank and why?: My suc­cess stems from my mother and a group of teach­ers that sought to help a girl who had noth­ing but a penny in her pocket. There­fore, I would thank my mother for do­ing a great job in pro­vid­ing a home for the only child she has in the United States. I would thank her for all the sac­ri­fices she has had to make so that I could live out my Amer­i­can dream. I would thank Ms. Leach, my first-grade teacher, for high­light­ing the life that I could have in­stead of the one I was liv­ing in. I would thank Ms. Jac­into, Ms. Puga, Ms. Cer­vantes, the Phillips Fam­ily, the Sch­wabauers, and the Wrights for the con­stant sup­port in ev­ery as­pect of my life. I would thank them for tak­ing me in as their own and be­liev­ing in me when I didn’t. I have been blessed with many in­di­vid­u­als who have done so much for me.

7. Sophia Reiff

GPA: 4.4762 Par­ents/guardians: Gary and Jean­nette Reiff.

Post-grad­u­a­tion plans: I plan to at­tend Univer­sity of Ore­gon in the fall and ma­jor in math­e­mat­ics.

Goals for next 10 years: My goals in the next 10 years are to grad­u­ate from col­lege and have a sta­ble job. Clubs/ac­tiv­i­ties: I was a part of CSF, and tu­tored stu­dents in math in the af­ter-school pro­gram.

Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence :My most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence was at­tend­ing a lead­er­ship sem­i­nar for the week­end, called HOBY, where I learned more about be­com­ing a leader in my com­mu­nity. I was also able to make con­nec­tions with the peo­ple I met, which is how I got my room­mate for col­lege.

Who would you like to thank and why?: I would like to thank Mrs. Win­ter­hal­ter for con­tribut­ing to my ed­u­ca­tion. She was my teacher for math for 2 years. She was en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ive through­out those years. I was able to learn more than I ever thought I could in math and she made the class en­joy­able even though it was early in the morn­ing.

8. Me­gan Kim

GPA: 4.4286 Par­ents/guardians: My mom is Beth Kim and my dad is Kyu Kim. Post-grad­u­a­tion plans: I will be at­tend­ing UC Davis as a neu­ro­bi­ol­ogy, phys­i­ol­ogy and be­hav­ior ma­jor. Goals for next 10 years: I hope to fin­ish pre-med at UC Davis and con­tinue on to med­i­cal school and earn my de­gree in medicine. My goal is to spe­cial­ize in car­di­ol­ogy and work with hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions. Clubs/ac­tiv­i­ties: I was com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor of Sci­ence Olympiad, a mem­ber of the NorCal Sci­ence Fes­ti­val plan­ning team, and I played var­sity ten­nis.

Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence: Meet­ing my best friends has been my fa­vorite part of high school.

Who would like to thank and why?: It has to be my par­ents. The sup­port that they pro­vide me con­tin­u­ally astounds me, and if I can be sure of any­thing in this life, it’s that no one could purely de­sire my suc­cess the way they do. I never un­der­stood why my mom pushed me as hard as she did, but I see now that her ef­forts were all for her dream of me tap­ping into my fullest po­ten­tial and be­com­ing self­suf­fi­cient. My dad taught me al­ge­bra when I was in the third grade and I’m pretty sure he’s the rea­son I love cal­cu­lus, which is kinda crazy but it just goes to show what kind of par­ents I have. I love you guys!

9. An­drew Cle­mons

GPA: 4.38 Par­ents/guardians: David and Lisa Cle­mons. Post-grad­u­a­tion plans: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, civil en­gi­neer­ing ma­jor.

Goals for next 10 years: I plan to at­tend col­lege and ob­tain a de­gree in civil en­gi­neer­ing. I would like to re­turn to the com­mu­nity of Lodi and make vi­able con­tri­bu­tions as a civil en­gi­neer in our com­mu­nity. Ad­di­tion­ally, I would like to coach soc­cer within our com­mu­nity to work with our lo­cal youth, as so many coaches have helped me.

Clubs/ac­tiv­i­ties: CSF, Skills USA, FNL, AP Team, track and field, high school soc­cer, bas­ket­ball, cross coun­try, Stu­dent Ath­lete Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, club soc­cer, City of Lodi life­guard. Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence :In track and field my fresh­man year my coach pulled me up to var­sity. I was able to work my way up to be­ing top two on the team thanks to Coach Oester­man. In the TCAL League meet I ran the 300 hur­dles, tak­ing fourth place. I got more points for my team than pre­dicted and tied the fresh­man record at school and qual­i­fied for sec­tions as a fresh­man.

Who would you like to thank and why?: My par­ents have been in­stru­men­tal in teach­ing me the im­por­tance of get­ting a good ed­u­ca­tion. They have al­ways felt that ed­u­ca­tion should be first and fore­most. Both of my par­ents are ed­u­ca­tors and know the im­por­tance of get­ting a col­lege de­gree. They have been there to sup­port me un­con­di­tion­ally in both ath­let­ics and aca­demics.

10. Ryan Ken­neth Flesher

GPA: 4.3571 Par­ents/guardians: Kelli Flesher and Chuck Flesher.

Post-grad­u­a­tion plans: Go to com­mu­nity col­lege and fig­ure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Goals for next 10 years: I want to find out what I’m go­ing to make a ca­reer out of, get an as­so­ciate’s de­gree, then pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion in that field. AF­ter that,

Clubs/ac­tiv­i­ties: Chess and Card Club, stu­dent tu­tor (at Millswood), CSF, Sci­ence Olympiad (briefly), Ro­bot­ics and Rock­etry (briefly), Coastal Clean Up, Love Lodi, and Av­enue of the Vines (I worked at the wa­ter sta­tions).

Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence :I got my eye­brows when I en­tered high school. Even up un­til eighth grade, my hair was so light col­ored that my thinly haired eye­brows were nearly in­vis­i­ble. Fresh­men year, my hair started to darken and my eye­brows fi­nally re­vealed them­selves for the whole world to see.

Who would like to thank and why: There are many peo­ple to thank for con­tribut­ing to my ed­u­ca­tion. An ed­u­ca­tion is built over many years and re­quires the sup­port of many peo­ple. I would like to thank my par­ents for al­ways sup­port­ing me. My many teach­ers have al­ways been kind, fair, and in­for­ma­tive. Even school ad­min­is­tra­tion and staff (in my brief en­coun­ters with them) have been a tremen­dous help.

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