High schools throughout the Hemet Unified School District have announced their valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2013.
Hemet Unified School District calculates valedictorian and salutatorian honors using a formula where the student’s grade point average (GPA) and SAT Scores are multiplied.
These top honors may be awarded to students whose GPA are lower than first or second.
Hemet High, with a senior class of 520 students, is led by valedictorian Corey Huxell, who has a GPA of 4.34 and SAT score of 2240. Corey has been actively involved in student government as a member of ASB. He’s been a Math League participant the past four years, a member of Academic Decathlon and the Constitution Club. He has worked with the blood, shoe, toy and canned food Drives. He participated with RYLA and volunteered to work during a benefit concert to support students injured in an accident in front of school. Corey has been a member of the swim and water polo teams and won multiple awards and recognition during his time at Hemet High. After high school his goal is to attend UC San Diego and major in Biomedical engineering.
Representing Hemet High as the salutatorian is Matthew Malone with a GPA of 4.34 and a SAT score of 2130. Matthew has been a member of the Future College Graduates Club, Academic Power Club, California Scholarship Federation, ASB, Academic Decathlon and Math League. He is actively involved with Boy Scouts and has earned many awards and honors. Matthew is an athlete participating in football, swim and water polo assisting his team to win league champs for water polo. He has worked on the canned food, blood, toy and shoe drives each year of his tenure. He has also volunteered to support suicide prevention activities and mental health awareness. Matthew hopes to attend Stanford and major in Computer Science in the fall.
Tahquitz High School, with a senior class of 321 students is led by valedictorian Kevin Pagdayunan. Kevin has a GPA of 4.02 and an SAT score of 1900. During his time at Tahquitz, Kevin has served as a member of the Junior Honor Court. He’s a member of the Writing Club and earned the AP Scholar Award from the College Board. His goal is to attend UCLA in the fall.
The salutatorian for Tahquitz High is Jonathan Carrillo with a GPA of 4.14 and a SAT score of 1810. Jonathan has served as the American Legion Boys State representative, was a member of the Boys Tennis team and has won numerous academic and athletic awards during his tenure at Tahquitz. Upon graduation his desire is to attend Yale in the fall.
Hamilton High School, with a graduating class of 95, is proud to present Mary Rose (Rosie) McGowan as valedictorian. Rosie maintains a 4.19 GPA and scored a combined 1940 on the SAT. She plans to attend Point Loma Nazarene University and study Physical Therapy. She has been involved outside of the classroom serving others through her involvement with Associated Student Body (ASB), California Scholarship Federation, Rotary International Interact Club, Soroptimist Service Club, National Honor Society, as well as a volunteer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She has also participated as a three-sport athlete every year of attendance.
Martin (Marty) Manseau will represent Hamilton High School as the salutatorian. Marty carries a 3.88 GPA and scored a combined 1920 on the SAT. He plans to attend Sacramento State University and study Psychology. Marty has been very active during his high school tenure via his involvement with the California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, Soroptimist Service Club, Rotary International Interact Club, Associated Student Body Leadership class and has participated on the Hamilton Soccer Team.
West Valley High, with a class of 404 students for 2013 will be represented by Chad Fontes as valedictorian. Chad holds a 4.12 GPA and scored a combined 1970 on the SAT’s. Chad is a four-year member of the football team, is in the Christian Club and an AVID student. Chad plans to attend UCR in the fall.
The salutatorian for West Valley is April Riddle. April holds a 4.0 GPA and scored a combined 2000 on the SAT. She has been a Chamber Singer, and member of the Art History and Philosopher Kings Clubs. She is a member of the Academic Decathlon Team. West Valley’s Academic Decathlon team won first place in Riverside County and will be competing at the state level in March. April’s plan is to attend UC Berkley in the fall.
The Hemet Academy for Applied Academics and Technology (HAAAT), the district’s charter high school with a class of 50 seniors, is proud to announce Laura Hiner as valedictorian and Amber Hiner as salutatorian. Both students will be graduating with 4.0 grade point averages and 1780 and 1750 SAT scores respectively. These two students are intent on attending either Northern Arizona University or Southern Virginia University in the fall. Laura and Amber are active ASB members and both accumulated more than 200 community service hours while attending HAAAT.
*Contributed by Hemet Unified School District