Six Creekside students earn academic excellence
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
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From left, Xandra Carter, Ifeayin Ogbuli, Hailey Hansen, Aidan Strope, Juan Carlos Lomeli, and Tiffany Do are the Creekside Middle School top scholars. ------Photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
From left, Xandra Carter, Ifeayin Ogbuli, Hailey Hansen, Aidan Strope, Juan Carlos Lomeli, and Tiffany Do are the Creekside Middle School top scholars. ------Photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
At a glance

WHAT: Creekside Middle School promotion ceremony

WHEN: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28

WHERE: Patterson High School stadium, Ward and Salado avenues

INFO: Creekside Middle School, 892-4710

Six Creekside Middle School scholars have earned Academic Excellence for perfect grades. They will lead a class of 350 eighth-graders during a promotion ceremony at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at Patterson Community Stadium.

Xandra Carter, Tiffany Do, Hailey Hansen, Juan Carlos Lomeli, Ifeayin Ogbuli and Aidan Strope are the top students who’ve earned 4.0 grade-point averages.

Kerry McWilliams, principal of Creekside Middle School said this year’s class of 2014 is a class of action.

“This year, with their enthusiastic involvement, we were able to continue our strong programs in music, athletics, and the Academic Pentathlon,” McWilliams said.

The year also marked the initiation of a number of activities that the class actively led, such as the Protecting Health and Slamming Tobacco Club initiative and participating in the First Lego League Robotics Competition and National History Day. The school’s Associated Student Body officers and members of WEB class helped create positive connections among all students through the Anti-Bullying assembly and the “Little Buddies” program.

“Our promoting class understands the meaning of service to others, and I am excited to see what is ahead of them at Patterson High School,” McWilliams said. “We are proud of our Panther Class of 2014!“

This year’s top academic scholars include the following:

- Xandra Carter, 14, is the daughter of Darin and Rathana Carter. She wants to attend Harvard University and major in law and minor in music. Xandra would like to eventually become the president of the United States and would also like to travel the world. Xandra loves music and played double bass in the Modesto Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has also participated in the Academic Pentathlon, and the National History Day Competition, plays volleyball, is the president of the California Junior Scholarship Federation and is on the principal’s cabinet. Xandra’s favorite subject is history because she loves debates and learning about the past. Her greatest memory of her three years at Creekside was about a home volleyball game. She remembers being overjoyed when she won the first set of the season for the team. Xandra said she would also always remember all the amazing staff at Creekside.

- Tiffany Do, 14, is the daughter of Richard Do and Olivia Nguyen. Her plans for the future include becoming a successful physician and to travel to places she’s never been before. She also wants to discover new things and essentially make the most of life. Tiffany’s favorite activities include participating in the Winter Percussion music program with her band mates and participating in the county Academic Pentathlon. Her favorite subject is language arts because she loves to read and is interested in writing. Her greatest memory at Creekside is winning first-place in the Central Valley Guard and Percussion Circuit competition.

- Hailey Hansen, 14, is the daughter of Sharon and Phil Hansen. Hailey wants to go to Stanford University and study kinesiology to become a physical therapist. She loves being a part of Protecting Health and Slamming Tobacco, also known as PHAST, at the school. Hailey is also in the 4-H Club, and plays volleyball, basketball, track and field. Hailey also serves on the principal’s cabinet. She likes English because she likes to read and interpret literature. Another favorite subject is science because there is always something new to learn. Her greatest memory at Creekside is the day she made the first team she ever tried out for — the basketball team in sixth grade. Being on that team helped her make friends that she still has today, and now basketball is her favorite sport. Hailey said the last three years were probably the most important years up to this point in her life, and she is glad that she got to spend those three years at Creekside Middle School.

- Juan Carlos Lomeli, 14, is the son of Juan Lomeli and Maria Castellanos. Some of his future goals are to have good grades and to go to college. At Creekside his favorite activities are sports and clubs that made him work and think. Juan Carlos said his favorite subject is math because he likes challenging problems and numbers. His greatest memory of the school was when students would have rallies and reward days.

- Ifeayin Ogbuli, 14, is the daughter of Chris and Ogiram Ogbuli. Ifeayin wants to grow up and become a successful neurosurgeon. She dreams of helping the less fortunate and going back to Nigeria— where she is from— and opening a medical facility to treat those in need. Her favorite activities at Creekside include basketball, track and field and running. Her favorite club is the Aca Penta Club (Academic Pentathlon) and the 100-Mile Club. Math and science are her favorite subjects because she likes complex formulas and theorems that always seem to amaze her — especially when she figures them out. Science also interests her because she loves the idea of learning about the natural world, human body and planets. Her greatest memory as a Creekside Panther is volunteering in the school’s front office and getting to know the staff. Besides the staff, she credits teachers for giving the students their best and guiding them through their troubles in search for success.

- Aidan Strope, 14, is son of Michael and Kimberly Strope. His future goals include attending college and getting a job. Aidan likes acting, gaming, writing, making video games and reading. He also spends much of his time as a member of the Youth Action Committee. Science is his favorite subject because he finds it interesting to learn how the world works and learn about all the questions scientists haven’t answered yet. His favorite memory of the last three years at Creekside is hiking, camping and just being with friends in the sixth-grade outdoor education camp.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or

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