The Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) honored 40 high school seniors from 25 schools in Contra Costa and Alameda counties on May 9. The Students of Excellence awards honors students for outstanding achievement in ROP (regional occupational program) classes.
More than 200 people attended the annual event, in which honored students receive a certificate of merit and a $200 scholarship. Five students from San Ramon Valley Unified were so honored for efforts in a variety of ROP programs, which focus on career preparation and exploration through hands-on experience.
Claire Cho has always had an interest in art and enjoys exploring her passion through different types of media. The Monte Vista student is described by her teacher as "industrious, conscientious, and highly motivated, but with a great sense of humor and social grace." Honored for her work in the computer graphic art ROP, Claire is skilled in 3D media, working in clay and fabric and charging her works with a feminine focus. She enjoys using pastel colors in her art and is inspired by the fashion of the Victorian era and Japanese pop culture and street fashion.
After graduation, Claire plans to go to college and explore everything that involves fashion. Her varied interests in the fashion industry may lead her to an exciting career in fashion design, textile design, fashion journalism, advertising or creating web pages for clothing.
Zachary Hanze took introduction to engineering at San Ramon Valley High and now has what it takes to be a successful engineer: strong communication skills, perseverance, attention to detail and a strong work ethic. He is a team leader for all of the projects built in the class and always tries to develop solutions for the team.
Zachary said he has "always been interested in designing and building things, and wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to do so."
The ROP course helped him identify the specific field of engineering which would be the best fit. He has decided to pursue a career in mechanical engineering and will attend California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
San Ramon Valley High student Dennis Riley decided to pursue a career that will help preserve the environment after taking the ROP AP environmental science class. Dennis has been a member and president of the Environmental/Engineering (E2) program for two years. This program spreads awareness about environmental issues and promotes events that help the environment. As student body president, he plans and coordinates activities for upcoming events, such as campus recycling and bike to school day, and attends the district Green Your School Summit meetings.
"Taking Environmental Science has opened my eyes and ignited my passion to live differently and protect and preserve our environment," he said.
After graduation, Dennis will attend UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis or California State University San Luis Obispo and major in environmental engineering/environmental studies.
California High's Jenna McNaugh was honored for her involvement in ROP sports medicine classes in addition to her role as head student athletic trainer for Cal's varsity and freshman football teams, which allows her to experience many different athlete injuries. Jenna also uses these skills in her personal life as an ice hockey player, where she often skates off the bench to assist injured players and her coaches. Jenna also serves as a volunteer in the local hospital emergency room and plans to pursue a career as an emergency room nurse.
Christopher Wang, an advanced sports medicine student at Doughtery Valley High, has blossomed from a shy senior to a confident, eager volunteer. As a junior, he became a captain trainer for the football team, requiring him to go to most practices and all of the games. His services are routinely requested by the coaches of various sports teams and the student athletes seek him out for injury advice. Chris plans to attend Cal State Fullerton to major in kinesiology and then enroll in a doctorate of chiropractic program.
The play production ROP course at Cal High taught Allison Winter that she wants to be a stage manager. Her dream is to work in the Orpheum as a stage manager for a Broadway musical. To become a stage manager, one must be reliable, punctual, ambitious, and a good leader; Alli is all of these and more. She is the student that can be counted on to get things done. Academically, she strives for excellence and excels on quizzes and exams. She is respectful to her peers and teachers, and puts 100 percent into all her work. Alli hopes to attend college to study stage management and dedicate her life to theatre.
A completed list of winners is below:
==U Albany High School==
Cateleya Supawit, Advanced Communications Media
==U Antioch High School ==
Christopher Febus, Computer Art & Animation
David Chapman, Advanced Automotive Technology
Marriel Fontanilla, ROP Game Art Design
==U Deer Valley High School==
Javier Guzman, Advanced Culinary Arts
==U Dozier-Libbey High School==
Rachel Centeno, Sports Medicine
==U Berkeley High School ==
Colleen Sparks, Advanced Digital Photography
Keelan Williams, Advanced Video Productions
Lily Rockholt, Accelerated Biotechnology
Michael Grey, AP Environmental Science
==U Heritage High School==
Dallas Rose-Gebrosky, Fire Science
Emily Brennan, Journalism and Publications
Jacob Olsen, Robotics Engineering Technology
Lindsey DePaola, Law Enforcement Careers
Stephanie Sanchez, Video Broadcasting
==U Liberty High School==
Anastasiya DeWolf, Dekstop Publishing
Maeghan McBee, Analytic Forensic Science
==U Concord High School==
Alison Schmidt, Advanced Photography
Aryanna Morris, Construction Technology
Sydney Rush, Computerized Accounting
==U Mt. Diablo High School==
Sean Malloy, Biological Sciences Lab Research
==U Yagnacio Valley High School==
Cesar Barrera, Careers in Teaching Internships
==U El Cerrito High School==
Joshua Ko, Radio Broadcasting
==U Hercules High School==
Camille Winfield, Careers in Teaching
==U Alhambra High School==
Jeremy Aires, CAD
==U Campolindo High School==
Shelby Watts, Advanced Sports Medicine
==U Freedom High School==
Mickayla Elsberry, Careers with Children,
==U Piedmont High School==
Dina Zangwill, Biotechnology
==U Pinole Valley High School==
Bryan Vuong, Sports Medicine
==U Pittsburg High School==
Daniel Garcia, Architectural Design
==U DeAnza High School==
Jocelyn Rivera, Hospital Health Services
==U Las Lomas High School==
Yesica Fernandez, Hospital Health Services
==U Northgate High School==
Kevin Lara, Advanced Photography, Instructor Erin Parsons