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A Salute To Seniors '97 / Orange County High Schools

June 13, 1997

SANTIAGO HIGH SCHOOL: Maria Velazquez

Maria has been a champion of her school both in the galleries of fine art and on the roads of the grueling Los Angeles Marathon, running with fellow students. A gifted artist, she was a member of the Art Club and participated in the school district's Festival of the Arts, sidewalk chalk-drawing demonstrations, the Imagination Celebration and the Courtyard Center Art Show.

Officials with the Laguna Art Festival and the Orange County Department of Education selected her canvases for public display.

She has been on the Honor Roll for four years and has maintained a 3.44 grade-point average.

The Santa Ana resident plans to attend a four-year university and major in art.

SAVANNA HIGH SCHOOL: Kristen Madsen

Kristen was an active campus musician, playing with the concert band, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and marching band. She was a drum major and clarinet player who has a flair for the tenor saxophone, French horn and alto bugle. A peer tutor and scholar, she has a 4.20 weighted grade-point average.

The Anaheim resident plans to study geophysics at UCLA.

SERVITE HIGH SCHOOL: Joseph Sanberg

Valedictorian of his class and a National Merit Scholar, Joseph was involved in student government at the local and national levels. While with Junior State of America, he was national chairman of the Council of Governors and a governor with Southern California Junior State.

He was student body vice president and was involved with the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. Among other honors, he won the National Youth Service Award and the Bank of America Achievement Award for math and science. He has a 4.75 weighted grade-point average.

Joseph was head statistician for his varsity football team and volunteered for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the Volunteer Center of Greater Orange County and the Western Medical Center.

The Villa Park resident plans to attend Harvard University.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL: Sheeba Lilly Mathews

Sheeba was a leader in both student government and athletics. She was freshman secretary, sophomore president and junior class vice president, all while working as general manager of the campus store and acting in all the school plays. She played varsity volleyball and was captain of the varsity basketball team, winning the title of best defensive player for the Arrowhead League Tournament.

She earned a 4.0 grade-point average while working part time as a secretary for various companies and occasionally volunteering her time at a soup kitchen.

The Corona resident plans to attend Biola University.

SONORA HIGH SCHOOL: Rebecca Schearer

Rebecca has combined rigorous academics with a love for swimming. While earning a 4.67 weighted grade-point average, she was a member of the varsity swim team and volunteered to teach children how to swim. She also spent time with her church youth group, tutored other students and worked at a veterinary clinic and St. Jude Hospital.

She was a member of the Associated Student Body, the California Scholarship Federation and the Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Club. She served as vice president of the National Honor Society and was secretary for the Math, International and Spanish clubs. She was a foreign-language senator and a candidate for the International Baccalaureate diploma.

The Fullerton resident plans to study animal science at UC Davis.

ST. MARGARET'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: William A. Sokol

William was ranked No. 1 in his class. He was yearbook editor, a member of the honors math society, a participant in mock trials and captain of the varsity tennis team.

Interested in languages, he speaks Spanish, French and English. He lists writing, playing piano and studying history among his hobbies.

Academic achievements include a 4.3 weighted grade-point average and a score of 1,470 on the Scholastic Achievement Test.

The Laguna Beach resident plans to major in physics at Harvard University.

ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL: Vimal B. Bhanvadia

Vimal was elected class president in his freshman and sophomore years and president of the Associated Student Body his senior year. He played football, basketball and was captain of his team for the Orange County Academic Decathlon. He belonged to the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation and was chosen editor of the school yearbook.

As an enthusiastic leader, he organized the school's food drive.

He works as an office clerk and enjoys driving and listening to the radio.

The Hacienda Heights resident plans to study psychobiology at UCLA.

SUNNY HILLS HIGH SCHOOL: Lisa Grinfeld

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