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2 • Seniors 2012: Los Lunas High School • Valencia County News-Bulletin • May 19, 2012
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THE TOP 10 graduating Los Lunas High School seniors all plan to attend college in the fall, except Danayara Flores, who has joined the U.S. Army. Most of the students will attend universities in New Mexico.
Los Lunas High School top seniors strive for success
By DeBorah Fox
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The Los Lunas High School Top 10 graduating seniors are looking forward to a little summer fun before getting moved into college dorms and preparing to enter the universities they plan to attend. Their ideas are to enjoy some horseback riding, playing football, traveling, doing artwork, playing music, dancing, practicing gymnastics, spending time with family and hanging out with friends. “A group of us have a fitness club, and we go run,” said Ted Olguin. “We like to play KGB,” said Rikki Hall. KGB is a game of detective work where runners set off for a destination and seekers try to find them en route. The seekers know where the destination is, they just have to try to figure out which way the runners will go, the students said. The Math League, which includes Samantha Lucero, Christopher Marry, Lana Ellis, Kelsae Adame, Michael Pierce and Shyanne Kapalko will
go to Las Vegas, Nev., this June for the Americas Region Math League competition. They’ll get a day to visit the sights as well. Danayara Flores will be traveling to South Carolina this summer for military training. She joined the U.S. Army. Some of the favored subjects the students enjoyed in high school are psychology, theater, video, weight lifting, art, anatomy, FFA and agriculture, chemistry, math and engineering classes. Ten seniors enjoyed a trip to England this year during spring break. They said the people in London were beautifully dressed. They also took a ferry to Ireland, spending about a week abroad. They were really impressed with European culture, and were deeply affected by their visit, they said. “I think next year, I’m going to move to Spain to go to school,” said Alexandra Yebra. “I love being overseas.” Last year, the senior trip took students to Italy. If a genie granted them a career wish, these students would ask to be professional football players, cardiac surgeons, psychiatrists, mechanical or nucle-
ar engineers, pediatricians and even president of the United States. One student said she wanted to be a doctor in Africa, and Michael Pierce said he wants to be a lawyer. He plans to attend the University of New Mexico. “I want to be a rock star,” said Shyanne Kapalko and Celina Martinez. “I would be an artist and travel,” said Lana Ellis. A criminal defense lawyer is what Kendle Chavez wants to be, and Braulio Arrieta is interested in a career as a forensic scientist. Sierra Harland is going to the University of Pennsylvania to study to be a linguistic specialist in the FBI. Looking back on their high school years, the seniors are willing to offer younger students some perspective. “It’s not as hard as people think it is,” said Rikki Hall. “Be yourself and don’t worry about what everyone else thinks,” said Kapalko. “Just do what you feel.” The best strategies for doing well in school are to n See LLHS, Page 12
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You have been my joy, my love, my best friend. I am so proud of the amazingly beautiful, talented young woman you have become. You are incredibly strong, you are impressively wise, you are shockingly funny. There isn’t anything you can’t do as long as you stay just the way you are! I love you!
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It has been a long road and sometimes a rough one, but through all the ups and downs you have made it through. We are so proud of you! You have matured into a beautiful young lady and we know that you will succeed in whatever you put your mind to. May you explore the countless opportunities that life has to offer you, and don’t forget who you are but most of all “I (we) hope you dance.” Love you always, Mom, Jessica (w/ Tyler), Amber & Amanda
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Our Dearest Johnathon, Today is not an end, but a beginning of what’s ahead. The child you once were has grown into the remarkable young man we see today. We are so proud of you son, and know that you can achieve anything you set your mind too. We see great things for you in your future. We love you and are going to miss you dearly. Love, Mom, Dad, Mary& Jackson
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Los Lunas Schools Board of Education, Administration and Staff wish to Congratulate the Class of 2012 and wish them the best in all their future endeavors
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We have helped lay your academic foundation and know that you will join our future alumni ranks of Physicians, Attorneys, Educators, Scientists, Government Officials, Large and Small Business Owners and many more contributing members to our community.
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“Take it one step at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself.”
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focus on what you’re in school for, they said. Knowing what your personal values are and what kind of person you want to be helps keep your perspective, the students said. As a group, the seniors said what they believe is important in life is getting an education, working hard, enjoying the little things, living dayby-day in the present, finding happiness and being humble. “Being happy with yourself, finding peace with yourself,” said Ellis. “Live life to the fullest,” said Arrieta. But family topped the list. “I just feel that they are really your rock,” said Hall. “They always want the best for you,” said Tabet. The Top 10 percent of graduating seniors also include Cassadra Abeita, Mariah Acosta, Kendle Chavez, Juan Carlo De La Garza, Jamie Heinlein, Gabryelle Jaramillo, Hannah Lovato, Joni Love, Ashley Martinez, Kathrynne Padilla, and Natalie Pitcher.
take high school seriously, because it will impact your future. It’s up to you now, how you want to invest in your hopes and dreams. The seniors said it is important to get assignments in on time and study for tests, and that it really helps to be organized and use a planner to help remember important tests and activities. “Put yourself out there, because everything matters,” said Harland. Getting information about college and scholarships early on will help to set goals and secure a means to accomplish them. “Take it one step at a time,” said Katherine Benavidez. “Don’t overwhelm yourself.” “And don’t quit,” said Yesenia Salcido. “Life is only going to be harder if you quit,” Harland added. “Just get it done; it’s not that hard,” said Jeremiah Danielson. It’s not really hard to end up being in the Top 10 percent if you just stick to what you are doing and keep your
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We are all very proud of you Marinda and the young lady you have become. As you close this chapter in your life and begin your new journey we know that you have faith and the will to achieve whatever it is that you desire. We all love you very much! Love Mom, Auntie Gail, Grandpa Gilbert and Grandma Adela
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