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Salute to Seniors '95

June 09, 1995

Members of Orange County's Class of '95 have much to reflect on.

They have excelled in many areas, often meeting challenges with courage, energy, determination and good humor.

Some have made the commitment to academics that will take them to the nation's top universities. Many have extended a helping hand to their communities: serving at soup kitchens, cleaning up graffiti, running Red Cross blood drives and tutoring. Others have touched hearts with their music and art. Some have led their classmates in new directions--away from violence as a solution to problems.

Some have persevered in the face of overwhelming personal adversity: grave illnesses, emotional and financial difficulties at home, pressures to join gangs or use drugs.

For its annual Salute to Seniors, The Times invited all 75 Orange County high schools to nominate students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of leadership, academics and the arts.

From those nominees, one from each school was chosen to be featured in today's edition--students who may or may not have been their school's "top" student, but who, by their involvement and accomplishments, seem to especially represent the hopes for the future.

The Times salutes these students and their classmates who form Orange County's Class of 1995.


As senior class president and activities commissioner during her junior year, Lima helped foster spirit and establish traditions at the new high school, which opened last year. These included everything from the Sadie Hawkins and homecoming dances to Spirit Week and Red Ribbon Week.

She has a 3.85 weighted grade-point average and is a member of the California Scholastic Federation, International Club, Key Club and French and environment clubs. Lima also played soccer for three years.

The Mission Viejo resident will attend UCLA and hopes to become a lawyer. ANAHEIM HIGH SCHOOL Juan Carlos Reyes

Juan, student body president, was voted the most inspirational member of the varsity football team.

He has played football for four years and is a member of the School Site Council. He has been a member of several campus groups, including MEChA and the University Preparation Club. He serves as a representative on the Student Advisory Board and has been on the student body council for three years, serving as president and treasurer. He also was sophomore class president.

Juan, who has a 3.03 grade-point average, has removed graffiti and worked at a local soup kitchen to feed the homeless in connection with St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim.

Juan plans to attend Cal State Fullerton and major in criminal justice to prepare for a career as a probation officer. BETHEL BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL Rachael Farrokh

Rachael was chosen as valedictorian and has a lengthy list of activities and athletic accomplishments.

Rachael, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, served as editor of both the school newspaper and yearbook. She was a member of the school's basketball, volleyball and softball teams.

She has also kept busy in extracurricular activities and off-campus work, serving as a substitute teacher, tutor, receptionist, day-care worker and secretary.

Rachael, who lives in Santa Ana, plans to attend UCLA or Rancho Santiago College, Santa Ana campus. BOLSA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL Abel J. Casanova Jr.

Abel is a dedicated student leader who is treasurer of the Associated Student Body and a member of the Senior Council. He is a four-year officer of the class council, serving as president during his junior year.

Abel competed on the track team this year and is a former football and soccer player. He is a member of the Interact, math, civics and Spanish clubs and a former science club member.

He works part time for a company that conducts corporate picnics. Abel is a Red Cross volunteer and has participated in the AIDS Walk Orange County and helped with a neighborhood cleanup project in Westminster organized by Vietnamese students from UC Irvine.

Abel has a 4.1 weighted grade-point average and recently attended the

Southern California Youth Citizenship seminar at Pepperdine University.

Abel, a resident of Westminster, has a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to USC, where he plans to major in business administration. BREA OLINDA HIGH SCHOOL Madhav R. Boddula

Madhav is a varsity tennis and basketball player and a tireless school and community volunteer. He is class valedictorian and has worked on food drives for the homeless and has beent a soccer linesman and a peer tutor.

He has helped with graffiti removal and food distribution for the homeless and is a member of the Balavihar-Hindu youth group at Chinmaya Mission. At school, Madhav is president of the Interact Club and a member of Club International.

Around campus he is often seen helping on cleanup days and at various sporting events. He has a 4.42 weighted grade-point average and is a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the Asian and French clubs.

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