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A Salute To Seniors '97 / Orange County High Schools

June 13, 1997

LOARA HIGH SCHOOL: Melva Wong

Melva immigrated to the United States from China when she was 6 and has earned a 4.69 weighted grade-point average. She has been president of Junior Achievement and a member of the Key Club and the GATE Club.

She has played four years on the badminton team and three years on the volleyball team.

Melva is a peer tutor and volunteers with the Salvation Army and American Red Cross.

The Anaheim resident will attend UCLA.

LOS ALAMITOS HIGH SCHOOL: Jacob Green

Jacob has already ventured well into his hoped-for career as a political scientist. He was human relations commissioner of the Associated Student Body, an executive of Griffins With a Mission and coordinator of human relations conventions for high schools.

He spoke at the Orange County town hall meeting on diversity and won the national caring award from the National Caring Institute in Washington, D.C. He also won the Orange County Human Relations Commission Annual Award. A speaker against teen violence, he has appeared on the USA cable channel's "Erase the Hate."

Jacob earned a 3.60 weighted grade-point average, belonged to the police Explorers and volunteered as a tutor and a recreation worker for the city.

He plans to major in political science at UC Berkeley.

LOS AMIGOS HIGH SCHOOL: Christine Thuy-Anh Vu

Christine is busy with academic, leadership, club and athletic pursuits.

She is president of the Associated Student Body, a Peer Court juror and a delegate for the Knowledge and Social Responsibility Residential Program at the University of California, Irvine.

She is a peer tutor and a member of the Key Club, the French Club, the Spanish Club and the Asian Student Union. She has a 3.71 weighted grade-point average

She was on the varsity track and cross-country teams.

The Santa Ana resident plans to attend the University of Southern California.

LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: Jeff Ehmsen

Jeff has honed his musical talents as well as his academic abilities during his high school career.

An accomplished pianist, he plays with Unlimited Warranty, a Christian musical group, and volunteers to accompany the hymn sing at a convalescent home. He directs the children's choir at his church. He took a first place prize at Youth Expo for his artistic work.

Jeff earned a 4.27 weighted grade-point average and participated in the Scholars Bowl and the Orange County Academic Decathlon.

The Villa Park resident plans to attend Rhodes College, Memphis, Tenn.

MAGNOLIA HIGH SCHOOL: Josh Lambeth

Josh's talents extend into virtually every area of campus life. A gifted musician, he is a trumpet soloist with the pep band and a bass player with the jazz group. He is also a member of the symphonic band and has been president and treasurer of various student musical ensembles.

Having earned a 4.14 weighted grade-point average, Josh has been a member of the Key Club, the Student Coalition, the Academic Decathlon and the School Site Council.

He is an Eagle Scout and member of the school's hockey and cross-country teams. He tutors disabled students in summer school classes.

The Anaheim resident plans to attend Cal State Fullerton.

MARINA HIGH SCHOOL: Sherry Jung

Sherry has been a member of the marching and concert bands for four years, the jazz band for three and was the school's drum major.

The National Honor Society member earned a 3.83 weighted grade-point average and was a member of the speech team and the Polaris and Korean clubs.

Sherry volunteered for two years at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital and teaches first-graders at her church.

The Huntington Beach resident will attend UC Irvine with a major in biological sciences.

MISSION VIEJO HIGH SCHOOL: Crista Chihorek

Crista worked on her school's Saferides Program, coordinating the efforts of 30 student volunteers to ensure that teens arrived home safely.

Through her involvement in the Model United Nations and Academic Decathlon, her high school teams took home several awards and recognitions.

Christa has a 4.93 weighted grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, the California Scholarship Federation, the Orange County Academic Decathlon and the Interact Club. She is also active in taekwondo.

The Mission Viejo resident plans to attend Harvard University in Massachusetts.

NEWPORT HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL: Michael Hoevel

Michael rounded out his activism in student government by earning the role of valedictorian. He was president and treasurer of the student body, a member of numerous committees, and his school's delegate to numerous academic events.

He played varsity tennis, joined the Newport Beach Youth Council, campaigned for a U.S. senatorial candidate and interned at a mergers and acquisitions firm.

He earned a 4.21 weighted grade-point average and was active in the California Scholarship Federation and the academic decathlon.

He performed in school plays and musicals. A member of the International Thespian Society, he belonged to the writing club, the French club and the information services club.

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