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Valley Briefing

Valedictorians

June 16, 1996|Stephanie Stassel and Michael Jose Torra

4.497

Massachusetts Institute

of Technology

HIGHLAND HALL

(Northridge)

Corinne Thomsen

Northridge

4.02

Oberlin College

HOLY FAMILY

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday June 18, 1996 Valley Edition Metro Part B Page 3 No Desk 1 inches; 34 words Type of Material: Correction
Valedictorian--Birmingham High School valedictorian Michael Dechter of Encino has a 4.0 grade point average and will attend UC San Diego in the fall. His name was left off a list in Sunday's Times because of an omission by school officials.

HIGH SCHOOL

(Glendale)

Irene Guan~o

Los Angeles

3.83

UCLA

HOLY MARTYRS

FERRAHIAN ARMENIAN

SCHOOL

(Encino)

Tsolair Hovsepian

Los Angeles

4.15

UCLA

LOS ANGELES BAPTIST

HIGH SCHOOL

(North Hills)

Joy Shen

Culver City

4.183

UC Berkeley

LOS ANGELES LUTHERAN

(Sylmar)

Carmen Ranck

Palmdale

4.1

Grand Canyon University

MONTCLAIR COLLEGE

PREPARATORY SCHOOL

(Van Nuys)

Ryan Stanley

Granada Hills

4.5

UC Berkeley

Brian Samuel Stern

Santa Monica

4.5

UCLA

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL

(Sherman Oaks)

Stephanie Eden

Sherman Oaks

4.33

University of Notre Dame

PARACLETE

HIGH SCHOOL***

(Lancaster)

Kathryn Gainey

Lancaster

4.13

Long Beach State University

Rachel Payne

Lancaster

4.09

Baylor University

PRINCETON COLLEGE

PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL

(North Hollywood)

Devin Oatway

North Hollywood

4.1

Stanford University

PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL

(Burbank)

Nita Doshi

Burbank

4.0

UC Irvine

ST. GENEVIEVE

HIGH SCHOOL

(Panorama City)

Debbie Formoso

North Hollywood

4.396

Loyola Marymount University

SANTA CLARITA

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

(Canyon Country)

William Fischer

Northridge

3.96

Cedarville College

Christopher "Chips" Ross

Canyon Country

3.96

The Master's College

STONERIDGE

PREPARATORY SCHOOL

(Tarzana)

Edward Foster

Reseda

3.8

Cal State Northridge

VALLEY TORAH

HIGH SCHOOL****

(North Hollywood)

Arvin "Moshe" Doostan

Encino

4.4

UCLA

Marta Vakulenko

Los Angeles

4.3

UCLA

VIEWPOINT SCHOOL

(Calabasas)

Karin Sinavsky

Woodland Hills

4.47

UCLA

VILLAGE CHRISTIAN

HIGH SCHOOL

(Sun Valley)

Joshua Graham

Tujunga

4.15

UC San Diego

WEST VALLEY

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

(West Hills)

Ziba Esfahani

Woodland Hills

3.9

Undecided

*=Valedictorian awarded to all students with 4.0 and above.

**=Valedictorian awarded to all students with straight A's.

***=Valedictorian awarded by committee to student(s) based on academics and contribution to the school.

****=Valedictorian awarded to one boy and one girl.

(BEGIN TEXT OF INFOBOX / INFOGRAPHIC)

Yaron Goldstein

Residence: North Hollywood

School: North Hollywood High

GPA: 4.406

College: Stanford University

Career goal: pediatric oncologist

"When I was 5, I was diagnosed with cancer. It took three years of chemotherapy and radiation to overcome it and now I have a clean bill, thank God. I want to give to others what was once given to me, that is, the will and determination to face any adversity. I'd always wanted to become a doctor--it all stems from my experience. I'm going to miss my friends, family and the school, but I'm looking forward to the future, being on my own and learning about responsibility. We all have to face the real world sometime. This is my time and I'm ready for it."

*

Jae-Il Shin

Residence: Chatsworth

School: Chatsworth High

GPA: 4.0

College: UCLA

Career goal: physician

*

"I came here from Korea 2 1/2 years ago. I'd heard it was a country of freedom where you can be anything you dream. It seems like it is. At UCLA, I'm going to major in biology, but if I find I'm not interested in it, I will change to computers. I'm the first one in the family to go to college in America. It's going to be my first time living away from home. I'm going to try to make new friends. I'm not nervous or worried about it. I feel kind of excited."

*

Tanya Tunchez

Residence: Tarzana

School: Zane Grey High School, Reseda

GPA: 3.44

College: Pierce College, where she has been a student for the past two years.

Career goal: pediatrician

*

"I really didn't care about school when I was involved in gangs. Then one of my best friends was killed and I started realizing it wasn't the lifestyle I wanted. I didn't want to see myself there. It was with my mom's help that I got out. I'm excited about leaving high school. In fact, I cannot wait. I'm finally graduating. I want to eventually go to either UCLA or I might go out of state. I'm the first in my family to go to college. I love kids and I want to help them. I used to volunteer at Northridge Hospital and I saw how they take care of them."

*

Galen Hammond

Residence: Sylmar

School: Sylmar High

GPA: 4.01

College: Cal State Northridge

Career goal: biochemist

*

"I'm looking forward to graduating. It's a combination of scared, excited and relieved. I'll be meeting more people beyond high school. I feel like my world will expand. My dad has always said I should go into biology. I didn't wake up to it until I had advanced placement biology with Mr. [Victor Hugo] Rodriguez. I really got interested in it. I've had people say I could go to a well-known school, but I'm looking at the quality of education. I've heard CSUN has a good science program. If they want to laugh at me for going there, saying it's below me, then let them. I'm going there for my benefit and education."

*

Jibit Cepkinian

Residence: Reseda

School: Armenian General Benevolent Union Manoogian-Demirdjian School, Canoga Park

GPA: 4.26

College: UCLA

Career goal: lawyer

*

"I've gone to the same school for 13 years. It's a close-knit family thing. I'm scared to leave because UCLA is such a big school, but I'm enthusiastic. I've always been active but I don't think it will be the same. I will be more independent. I'll have a lot more responsibilities that I'll have to learn to deal with. I've always had a passion for drama and speaking. I think law will be good for me. It suits my personality."

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