Patterson High grads prepare to step out into the world
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
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Ethan Albrigo
Ethan Albrigo
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Grainne Bradley
Grainne Bradley
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Lindsay Brooks
Lindsay Brooks
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Jennifer Camberos
Jennifer Camberos
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Alex Collazo-Zavala
Alex Collazo-Zavala
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Michael D'Onofrio
Michael D'Onofrio
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Edward Hidalgo
Edward Hidalgo
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Sam Lee
Sam Lee
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Sandy Luo
Sandy Luo
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Blake Mahan
Blake Mahan
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Megan McWilliams
Megan McWilliams
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John Minton
John Minton
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Tamapong James Shugan
Tamapong James Shugan
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Paul Pineda
Paul Pineda
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Terra Vaid
Terra Vaid
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Lizvette Villafana
Lizvette Villafana
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Marissa Wellons
Marissa Wellons
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EDITOR'S NOTE: While this article did not appear in the May 23 edition of the Patterson Irrigator, be on the lookout for it in the May 30 edition.

More than 350 Patterson High School seniors will step out into the world after the Thursday May 30 graduation ceremony at Patterson Community Stadium, Ward and Salado avenues.

The 8 p.m. ceremony will begin with the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” as 17 seniors with perfect grades lead the class on to the football field. All 17 earned a 4.0 of better during their high school years.

One valedictorian, Jennifer Camberos, is the first from her family to go on to college and will speak at the ceremony.

The 17 valedictorians with perfect grades and some of their accomplishments are:

• Ethan Albrigo, 18, is the son of Mary and David Phelps. He plans to attend University of California, Merced, and major in chemical sciences. Albrigo was on the baseball team all four years of high school and was a member of the Ambassador Leadership Program and Polynesian Club. He is also the recipient of PRIDE scholarships.

• Grainne Bradley, 18, is the daughter of Marlo and Steve Bradley. She plans to attend University of California, Santa Barbara, and her major is undecided. Bradley is the Associated Student Body vice president, was on the soccer team all four year so f high school and is a member of Kids Helping Kids, which helps children in need at Christmas. She is the 2012 Miss Patterson.

• Lindsay Brooks, 18, is the daughter of Jan and Steve Brooks. She wants to attend University of the Pacific and her major is undeclared. Brooks is the ASB president and a member of the Polynesian Club. She played softball in school and was in the Ambassador Leadership program, mentoring incoming freshmen.

• Jennifer Camberos, 18, the daughter of Roberto and Lucelia Camberos, has been in Advancement Via Individual Determination classes for all for years of high school. She plans to attend University of California, Berkeley and major in biochemistry. Camberos was the freshman class president, served as commissioner of after-school programs and was on the girls’ varsity tennis team four years. She is a California Scholarship Federation member, and she earned the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency. She earned the Daughters of the American Revolution scholarship and was on the girls’ varsity golf team during her freshman year. Camberos was on the school site council for three years and in the campus bowling club for two years.

• Alex Collazo-Zavala, 17, is the son of Maria and Salvador Collazo. He plans to attend University of California, Davis and major in chemical engineering. Highlights of his school career include making interesting friends and being accepted to UC Davis. He is a PRIDE scholarship recipient.

• Michael D’Onofrio, 18, son of Mario and Elizabeth D’Onofrio, plans to attend Santa Clara University and pursue a double major in finance and political science. He was on the varsity swim team for four yeas and was a section qualifier for two of those years. He also spent two years on the varsity wrestling team. He was in advanced performing arts and is a member of the AP Club and the Polynesian Club at the school. He is a PRIDE scholarship recipient and is an Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 81.

• Edward Hidalgo, 17, son of Maria and Guadalupe Hidalgo, plans to attend California State University, San Francisco and study to be civil engineer. He was on the high school basketball team.

• Sam Lee, 17, is the son of Kong and Shelley Lee. He wants to attend University of California, San Diego, and study human biology. He has served on the Associate Student Body for three years and now is treasurer. Lee has taken Advancement Via Individual Determination classes throughout high school and is a member of the Hispanic Youth Leadership Council and the AP Chemistry Club. Lee, who is a California Scholastic Federation 100 percent Life member, was also the American Legion Elijah B. Hayes Post No. 68 Boys State delegate to the state conference in 2012.

• Sandy Luo, 17, daughter of Tracy Luo and Sam Luo, wants to attend University of California, Berkeley, and major in chemical biology. She was in Ecology Club, serving as vice president, and was on the tennis team and in the math club and book club for three years. She was also in the AP Chemistry Club and California Scholarship Federation.

• Blake Mahan, 17, son of Lori and Doug Mahan, plans to attend California State University, Stanislaus, and major in criminal justice. He played football in his freshman, junior and senior years and has been in the Criminal Justice Club the past two years.

• Megan McWilliams, 17, is the daughter of Sharon and Les McWilliams. Megan plans to attend University of California, Davis, and major in civil engineering. She is on the varsity track team and was a pole-vaulter throughout high school. Megan was also the American Legion Auxiliary Elijah B. Hayes Post No 68’s representative to the Girls State conference delegate in 2012.

• John Minton, 18, son of Kirk and Lisa Minton, wants to attend California State University, Sacramento, and major in pharmacy. He played basketball for four years and made it to the sections in his senior year. Minton played tennis all four years of high school and won all-conference three years. The highlight of his high school career was getting the scholar-athlete award for three years.

• Paul Pineda, 18, son of Malvin and Irene Pineda, plans to attend University of California, Santa Barbara, and major in biology. Pineda is a PRIDE scholar and a member of FFA and California Scholarship Federation.

• Tanapong James Shugan, 18, son of Sukanda Shugan, plans to attend University of California, Los Angeles, and major in biology. He wants to pursue a pre-med degree with a biology major. Shugan has been a PRIDE scholar throughout high school and earned Academic Block P and WAC Scholar Athlete honors. He played varsity tennis and basketball and junior varsity football. He has been in AP Chemistry Club, AP Calculus Club, California Scholarship Federation and the Polynesian Club.

• Terra Vaid, 18, daughter of Lynn and Terry Vaid, plans to attend University of California, Davis and major in biological science.

• Lizvette Villafana, 17, is the daughter of Olga and Juan Vallafana. She pans to attend University of California, Los Angeles, and major in chemistry. She has been in the Trio Upward Bound pre-college program, on the Associated Student Body and a member of the Mexican American Student Association also known as MASA Club. She was also a high school aide at the Walnut Grove after-school program.

• Marissa Wellons, 18, is the daughter of Jennifer and Edward Wellons. She plans to attend Modesto Junior College and then transfer to a four-year university. Her college major is undecided. During high school, she was in the Future Homemakers of America and FFA.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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