More than 400 eighth-graders will move on to high school at 7 pm. Wednesday, May 29 at Patterson Community Stadium, Ward and Salado avenues.
Sean Benevedes, Roberto Camnberos, Nohely Vargas Carrillo, Harmeet Kaur, Gisselle Nagra, Kenny Ong, Mercedes Perez, Salvador Tello and Pierre Williams all finished school with 4.0 grade-point averages and will lead the class.
Eighth-grader Harmeet Kaur will speak about courage and how students use it to get better grades by asking teachers for help when needed. Fellow eighth-grader Salvador Tello will speak on how perseverance motivates students to move forward in life.
Kerry McWilliams, principal of Creekside, is excited about the future of the 2013 eighth-grade class.
“We have seen tremendous growth during the last three years, and these students are determined to make a difference in their school and community,” McWilliams said in an email. “It is an outstanding class and we look forward to seeing their impact at Patterson High School in the next four years.”
McWilliams said the school has a number of high academic achievers, as seen by the number of 4.0 students and honor roll students, as well as the number of students achieving success in music, athletics, academic competitions, and community service.
Creekside high honors go to the following top scholars:
• Sean Benevedes, 13, is the son of Kim Galarsa and Brian Benevedes. At Creskside, he was in the A-Team tutoring club and Robotics Club. He wants to be an astrophysicist.
• Roberto Camberos, 13, son of Lucelia and Roberto Camberos, was on the Academic Pentathlon team and in California Junior Scholarship Federation member. He enjoys music and plans a career in architecture.
• Nohely Vargas Carrillo, 13, is the daughter of Margarita Carrillo and Juan Vargas. Nohely, an Advancement Via Individual Determination student, played volleyball and basketball while at Creekside and is a California Junior Scholarship Federation member. She wants to be a veterinarian.
• Hameeet Kaur, 14, is the daughter of Surinder Singh and Manjit Kaur. She was in track and field, Academic Pentathlon and on the A-Team tutoring club. Hameet is also a member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation. She wants to be a registered nurse, pediatrician or a therapist.
• Gisselle Nagra, 14, is the daughter of Jagbir Nagra and Maria Bonilla. She was on the A-Team tutoring club at the school and is a California Junior Scholarship Federation member. She wants to be a pediatrician.
• Kenny Ong, 14, is the son of Nina and Kevin Ong. He was on the Academic Pentathlon team, a spelling bee participant and in the A-Team tutoring club. He was also in the school’s Music Club and California Junior Scholarship Federation.
• Mercedes Perez, 14, is the daughter of Maria Ramos and Isaac Perez. She was on the Academic Pentathlon team and is in California Junior Scholarship Federation. She wants to be a doctor.
• Salvador Tello, son of Teodicia and Salvador Tello Jr., was on the Academic Pentathlon Team, A-Team tutoring club and track and field. He is also a California Junior Scholarship Federation member. He wants to study neurology and genetic engineering.
• Pierre Williams, 12, is the son of Jason and Sylvia Williams. He played baseball and worked on multimedia productions at Creekside. His career plans include playing in the National Football League or the National Basketball Association and he also wants to be a business major in college.
Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or firstname.lastname@example.org.