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Outstanding juniors were named as best in their class in each department. Photographs by M. Wilcox

Outstanding juniors were named as best in their class in each department. Photographs by M. Wilcox

Outstanding juniors were named as best in their class in each department. Photographs by M. Wilcox

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Most Outstanding Student Awards is held annually to recognize freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Many students were not present to receive recognition, but those present received high praise from nominating teachers from every department.

Mr. Brian Akers, school board and Rotary member, announced the Floyd Myrick Awards given to ninth grade students who have

Azjian Robinson was recognized for overcoming hardships to be successful.

overcome significant challenges or demonstrated a marked improvement in some area. Dr. Mike Hendricks, superintendent, presented the plague and certificate to the students in attendance. Kaylee Barnitt was praised by Mr. Scott Higuera, English department chair, for being a dedicated and creative student and for persevering in the face of adversity. Kiva Dance was recognized by Ms. Joanna Corrales, mathematics teacher, for doing so well at a new school. Azjian Robinson was nominated by Mrs. Kira Grund, science teacher, for being a critical thinker and taking responsibility for her own academic growth.

Other nominated freshman were Isaac Orozco by Mr. Chris Long, art teacher; Melvin Perez by Mrs. Strycula, business teacher, and Brianna Llamas Gonzalez by Madame Marina Verneuil, French teacher. Ivy Martinez was nominated by Mrs. Amanda Cazares, band director; Larissa Torres, by Mrs. Gail Sharp, special education teacher; and Cecile Ward, by Mr. Jon Cowper, physical education teacher.

Each department selected one sophomore and one junior as the Most Outstanding Student in that area for the 2016-17 school year. Mr. Long praised Andreana Maiorca, sophomore, and Ashley Alegria, junior, for their outstanding art work. Matthew Ngoi, sophomore, was honored by Mr. Lance Gerodias for his outstanding computer skills and for his service in the Cyber Security and Key Clubs. Renae Dela Pena, junior student in the senior business capstone class, was praised by Mrs. Stycula for her contribution in the recent business competition at UCLA, where BETA rec.

Sally Tranzow, sophomore, and Stephanie Wang, junior, were chosen by their English teachers, Ms. Lisa Dettelbach and Mrs. Margo Wilcox. Both exceptional students, Sally was praised for the respect she receives from her peers and her willingness to help, and Stephanie was recognized for her exceptional writing ability and service for two years as editor in chief for The Bolt Live.

Mr. Joey Stycula, vice principal of student services and athletics, read the write-ups for the foreign language teachers. Mrs. Summer Nixon, ASL teacher, focused on Danielle Pryor, sophomore, for working hard every day, and Alyssa McClain, junior, for exceptional language abilities. Alejandro Zuniga Hernandez, sophomore, and Steven Rodriguez, junior, were commended by Mrs. Verneuil for their excellent progress in French, and Steven was recognized for his exceptional pronunciation. Alexander Perez, sophomore, was nominated by Senora Marga Rodriguez, and Lesley Munoz, junior, was recognized for her fluency and excellence as a student by Ms. Debbie Wilson, Spanish teacher.

Outstanding mathematic students Omer Baker, sophomore, and Erick Bangle, junior, were acknowledged by Mr. Nathan Nichols for currently being in both AP Statistic and AP Calculus. Mrs. Kira Grund, biology teacher, honored Geoffrey Varas, sophomore, for being an outstanding student and a compassionate individual with the ability to extend himself to others. Mr. Chris Curtis, physics teacher, praised Michael Bakker, junior, for his outstanding work in physics, and Mr. Curtis looked forward to teaching him in IB Physics next year.

Mr. Roger Graziani, drama teacher, expressed gratitude to Teles Qasqas, sophomore, for being his right-hand woman during the production of West Side Story and Valerie Maldonado, junior, for her outstanding directing ability that brought home four awards from the recent one-act play competition. He said both young ladies were able to inspire, initiate and innovate. Claire Dossey, sophomore, was nominated by Mrs. Cazares for her exceptional contribution to music; Claire plays three instruments and participates in all CO bands. Graciela Aguilar, junior and member of Advanced Choir Ensemble (ACE), was praised by Mrs. Rebecca Schmalzbach for being a gifted vocalist.

Mr. Rob Demonteverdi and Mrs. Mary McKinley, social studies teachers, nominated Tristan Rodriguez, sophomore, and Nichole Carrillo, junior, for being outstanding students in the social science department. Tristian is a detailed-oriented student who always gives his very best. Mr. Bill Keilty, physical education teacher, nominated Nicole Ortiz, sophomore, and  Noah Valencia, as students who love to lift weights and whose examples motivate their classmates to do better. Noah was also recognized for his work ethic and his exceptional strength.

Jieyun Xie, sophomore, and Estephanie Acuna, junior, were recognized for being fine students in the Regional Occupation Program. Jieyun, emergency medical student, was praised for her infectious, positive laugh. Estephanie is a gifted photographer, a class leader and a yearbook contributor, said Mr. Narciso Holguin.

Martin Gomez, sophomore, was nominated by Mr. James Abney, and Julian Carter, junior, by Mrs. Michelle Klein. Julian radiates enthusiasm and light, Mrs. Klein wrote, and receiving a “Julian hug” has brightened the day of many.

Sophomore students were noted as being the best in each department.

Josh Blackard, junior, was the only student leader present to be recognized for his service this year to the school and community. Josh recently returned from weekend of training after receiving the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. He was also named Charter Oak’s Boy’s State representative so he will be going to Sacramento in June to learn more about government. Heather Luster, junior, will be going to the Claremont Colleges as the Girl’s State Representative. Danielle Gomez, junior, represented CO at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar.

Juniors Agnes Tran and Stephanie Wang were noted as National Merit Scholars for their performances on the PSAT test. They will be considered for additional recognition and scholarship opportunities.

Mr. Adam Stites-Hallett, intern principal, praised the students for the being exceptional students and recognized their parents for supporting them.

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