Con-GRAD-ulations

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Photo By: Alex Rozbicki

Cam High seniors, Vivian Le and Jonathan Meier proudly display they're valedictorian and distinguished honors medals that they received at the community scholarships award night.

Parents, staff, and students congratulated their class of 2014 seniors for the last time at Senior Awards Night Monday, through the presentation of over thirty scholarships and academic titles.

“It’s about rewarding our seniors for all their accomplishments they achieved here,” said Mrs. Debbie Prentice, College and Career Center advisor. “We’re thanking them for what they’ve contributed in their four years  and giving them one last ‘hurrah’ before they go off to college.”

Students with high cumulative GPAs were recognized with honors or distinguished honors, and the valedictorians were announced. In order to be recognized as a valedictorian at Cam High, a student must have a 4.0 GPA on the unweighted 4.0 scale. To receive recognition as an honors student, a student must have between a 4.0-4.5 GPA on the weighted 5.0 scale. To receive recognition as a distinguished honors student, a student must have between a 4.5-5.0 on the same weighted 5.0 scale.

Cam High’s valedictorians from the class of 2014 are as follows:

Sohil Bhakta
Tyler Duffy
Katherine Eakin
Danika Elvine
Gonzalo Figueroa
Cameron Fung
Genevieve Hoffman
Dylan Januzik
Kent Le
Vivian Le
Akemi Levine
Jonathan Meier
Cole Triebold
Bailey Vandehei
Karina Wang

Various scholarships from the community were also awarded during the ceremony.

Austin Medina, who won seven different scholarships, said, “It was an amazing feeling knowing that my hard work paid off and I was really grateful at the same time. Most of the applications only took me about ten minutes to fill out anyway.”

Medina was awarded by the Ventura County Career and Guidance Association, the PTSA, the Camarillo Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club of Camarillo, the National Latino Peace Officer’s Association, the Pleasant Valley Lions Club, and the Meadowlark Club, all of which he heard about from the College and Career Center run by Prentice.

Prentice organized the entire event, beginning preparations in February. Surveys were sent to every senior inquiring on which college they were to be attending in the fall, as well as any awards they might have received throughout their high school career. Every senior was called in as many as two to three times to follow up on any changes that may have occurred.

“It’s a fairly long process,” said Prentice. “But the people only see the end result, and the parents are so proud, and the students are so happy, it’s worth it.”