Super Scholars

June 4, 2010
Brandeis High School
(l-r) Brandeis High School Valedictorian Ramon Eduard Sandigan and Salutatorian Caroline Grace Stefko

Ramon Eduard Sandigan, this year's valedictorian at Brandeis High School, plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin majoring in chemical engineering. The son of Eduardo and Ramonita Sandigan, he is the recipient of the Cockrell School of Engineering scholarship. While in school, he was the co-captain of Academic Decathlon, class secretary, National Honor Society points secretary, president of Spanish National Honor Society, and captain of the UIL math and science team.

"I know that whatever happens next, I'll be ready to meet the challenge," he said.

Caroline Grace Stefko is the Brandeis High School salutatorian. This fall, she will likely attend The University of Texas at Dallas majoring in literary studies/ creative writing. The daughter of Dr. Raymond and Connie Stefko, she is the recipient of a full scholarship to The University of Texas at Dallas, among others. While in school, she was poetry editor for the Orange Juice literary magazine.

"Thanks to my English teachers, Mrs. Franscell and Mrs. Schulze, as well as my creative writing teacher, Mr. Paul, for fostering my love of literature and writing and always challenging me in the classroom," she said.

The commencement ceremonies for Brandeis High School will be held Friday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Business Careers High School
(l-r) Business Careers High School Valedictorian Diana Lilie Pereda and Salutatorian Amy Elizabeth Abrigo

Diana Lilie Pereda, this year's valedictorian at Business Careers High School, plans to attend The University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The daughter of Gabriel and Nuan Pereda, she is the recipient of the Minnie Stevens Piper Scholars Award, among others. While in school, she was the Holmes High School basketball team's point guard and junior varsity team captain during her freshman year.

Amy Elizabeth Abrigo is the Business Careers High School salutatorian. This fall, she plans to attend Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. majoring in mathematics. The daughter of Henrietta Abrigo, she is the recipient of the Mathematics scholarship, Regents scholarship, among others. While in school, she was class president, vice president of National Honor Society, captain of the varsity volleyball and basketball team, and team leader at RYLA 2010.

The commencement ceremonies for Business Careers High School will be held Tuesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Clark High School
(l-r) Clark High School Valedictorian Catherine Yang Fan and Salutatorian Won Guen "Johnny" Lee

Catherine Yang Fan, this year's valedictorian at Clark High School, plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. She is the daughter of Maomian Fan and Yuanzhen Tong. While in school, she was orchestra treasurer, captain of math UIL, president of Mu Alpha Theta, and vice president of the Science Club.

"I would like to thank my family, friends, teachers and mentors for encouraging and keeping me sane," she said.

Won Guen "Johnny" Lee is the Clark High School salutatorian. This fall, he plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Business and participating in the honors program. He is the son of Soo-Bin Lee and Byeong Soon Cho. While in school, he was senior class president, founder and president of New Global Citizens, vice president of the Speech and Debate team, among other leadership positions.

"I want to give thanks to my loving family, friends, and Clark High for helping me grow to who I am now," he said.

The commencement ceremonies for Clark High School will be held Wednesday, June 9 at 4 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Communications Arts High School
(l-r) Communications Arts High School Valedictorian Erica Dietzel and Salutatorian Garrett Shuffield

Erica Dietzel, this year's valedictorian at Communications Arts High School, plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin majoring in government and political communication. The daughter of Tom and Christie Dietzel, she is the recipient of the Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship and the ELCA Bishop's Award. While in school, she was class president, president of National Honor Society, president of the Speech and Debate team, and Student Council senator.

Garrett Shuffield is the Communications Arts High School salutatorian. This fall, he plans to attend Baylor University majoring in international studies. The son of Charles and Cindy Shuffield, he is the recipient of the SSFCU scholarship, Randolph Brooks Officers' Spouses' Club scholarship, and the San Antonio Junior Forum scholarship. While in school, he was the band's trombone section leader and brass captain. He was also the lead guitar player in his church praise band.

The commencement ceremonies for Communications Arts High School will be held Thursday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Health Careers High School
(l-r) Health Careers High School Valedictorian Ramon Michelle Lin and Salutatorian Leli Laurie Chen

Michelle Lin, this year's valedictorian at Health Careers High School, plans to attend Rice University majoring in biochemistry and cellular biology. The daughter of Wei-Ming Lin and Susan Chao, she is the recipient of the National Merit scholarship. While in school, she was varsity orchestra principal cellist, vice president of Health Occupations Students of America, and category leader in Latin Club. She was also one of the 50 students chosen to be part of the San Antonio Express News "A" Team.

"I would like to thank my parents for their continual encouragement and support," she said.

Leli Laurie Chen is the Health Careers High School salutatorian. This fall, she plans to attend Baylor University majoring in physics. The daughter of Liao Chen and Xiaoli Chen, she is a recipient of the President's Gold scholarship, and the C. Clifton and Betsy Robinson scholarship. While in school, she was president of Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, and category leader in Latin Club.

"I want to thank my parents and my older brother for supporting me and guiding me all the time," she said.

The commencement ceremonies for Health Careers High School will be held Friday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Paul Taylor Field House.

Holmes High School
(l-r) Holmes High School Valedictorian Cesar Funes and Salutatorian Karina Castro

Cesar Funes, this year's valedictorian at Holmes High School, plans to attend Texas A & M University at College Station. The son of Jorge and Ruth Osorto, she is the recipient of the Gates Millennium scholarship, Trustee scholarship, Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship, Texas Engineering Foundation scholarship, among others. While in school, he was vice president of Poetry Club, member of the yearbook staff, and daily broadcast anchor person.

"I'd like to thank my mom, dad, and family. I'd also like to thank all my teachers and friends that helped me through the struggle," he said.

Karina Castro is Holmes High School salutatorian. This fall, she plans to attend Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. majoring in intercultural studies. The daughter of Jesus and Mirta Castro, she is the recipient of the Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship, and the Lee Presidential scholarship. While in school, she was the founder and president of Fusion, vice president of Art Club, and a HBCN news anchor.

"I am extremely grateful to my parents, who have blindly believed in me through hard times, and supported my spiritual growth," she said.

The commencement ceremonies for Holmes High School will be held Tuesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Jay High School
(l-r) Jay High School Valedictorian Estefania Solis and Salutatorian Joshua Rodriguez

Estefania Solis, this year's valedictorian at Jay High School, plans to attend Texas State University majoring in mathematics. She is the daughter of Santiago and Maria Solis. While in school, she was a Rayburn Middle School mentor.

Joshua Rodriguez is the Jay High School salutatorian. This fall, he plans to attend The University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the son of Alfred and Mary Jane Rodriguez.

The commencement ceremonies for Marshall High School will be held Monday, June 7 at 4 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Jay Science and Engineering Academy
(l-r) Jay Science and Engineering Academy Valedictorian Mary Morales and Salutatorian Catherine Bylander

Mary Morales, this year's valedictorian at Jay Science and Engineering Academy, plans to attend Rice University majoring in bioengineering. The daughter of Ester Morales, she is the recipient of the Gates Millennium scholarship, Trustee scholarship, Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship, Texas Engineering Foundation scholarship, among others. While in school, she was co-president and public relations officer of Mu Alpha Theta, captain of UIL Calculator Applications team, vice president of Spanish Honor Society, and co-captain of the varsity girls cross country team.

Catherine Bylander is the Jay Science and Engineering Academy salutatorian. This fall, she plans to attend Rice University majoring in linguistics. The daughter of Tom and Cindy Bylander, she is the recipient of the National Merit scholarship and the Trustee scholarship. While in school, she was the literary advisor for the Literary Book Club, and captain of the Math team.

The commencement ceremonies for Jay Science and Engineering Academy will be held Monday, June 7 at 4 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Marshall High School
(l-r) Marshall High School Valedictorian Jenna Barnett and Salutatorian Danielle VanZandt

Jenna Barnett, this year's valedictorian at Marshall High School, plans to attend Furman University in Greenville, S.C. majoring in English and psychology. The daughter of Byron and Mary Anne Barnett, she is one of the 10 recipients of the James B. Duke full tuition scholarships at Furman University. While in school, she was editor in chief of the school newspaper, captain of the basketball team, and captain of the soccer team.

"I'm very thankful to all my teachers and coaches for all of the opportunities they gave me," she said.

Danielle VanZandt is the Marshall High School salutatorian. This fall, she plans to attend Southwestern University majoring in business. The daughter of John and Sharon VanZandt, she is the recipient of the Mood scholarship and the Trinity United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Fund scholarship. While in school, she was class vice president, president of Toastmasters, and National Honor Society service chair.

"I want to thank everyone, my parents, my friends, and everyone else who believed in me," she said.

The commencement ceremonies for Marshall High School will be held Wednesday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamodome.

O'Connor High School
(l-r) O'Connor High School Valedictorian Marcel Polanco and Salutatorian Priscilla Soto

Marcel Polanco, this year's valedictorian at O'Connor High School, plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass. majoring in computer engineering. The son of Marcel and Alma Polanco, he is the recipient of scholarships such as the McDermott scholarship, President's Endowed scholarship, President's Gold scholarship, among others. While in school, he was head drum major, president of National Honor Society, vice president of Business Professionals of America, freshman and junior class officer, and captain of the robotics team.

Priscilla Soto is the O'Connor High School salutatorian. She plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall majoring in physics or engineering. She is the daughter of Eugenio and Evelyn Soto. While in school she served as president of Mu Alpha Theta.

The commencement ceremonies for O'Connor High School will be held Thursday, June 10 at 4 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Stevens High School
(l-r) Stevens High School Valedictorian Amritpaul "Ami" Chatrath and Salutatorian Amethyst Sanders

Amritpaul "Ami" Chatrath, this year's valedictorian at Stevens High School, plans to attend Texas Tech University majoring in biochemistry/ pre-medicine. He is the son of Lakhbir Singh and Kulwinder Kaur. While in school, he was president of National Honor Society, captain of the varsity boys' tennis team, president of Student Council, among other leadership positions.

"I am ecstatic to become a student at Texas Tech for the class of 2014 and then ultimately pursue a career in radiology," he said.

Amethyst Sanders is the Stevens High School salutatorian. This fall, she plans to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. majoring in neuroscience. The daughter of Lawrence and Khin Sanders, she is the recipient of National Merit Scholarship Finalist Award. While in school, she was vice president of the Art Club, orchestra junior varsity concert master, and orchestra class representative.

"I would like to become a researcher, artist, musician, and writer, maybe work for NASA or join the Marine Corps Reserve someday," she said.

The commencement ceremonies for Stevens High School will be held Tuesday, June 8 at 4 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Taft High School
(l-r) Taft High School Valedictorian Juliette Comeaux and Salutatorian Alexis Mendoza

Juliette Comeaux, this year's valedictorian at Taft High School, plans to attend Texas A & M University at College Station majoring in biomedical sciences. The daughter of Paul and Elizabeth Anne Comeaux, she is the recipient of the Century Scholar Award, Aggie ISD Partnership scholarship, Valedictorian scholarship, among others. While in school, she served as orchestra president, orchestra vice president, orchestra sergeant at arms, and parliamentarian of the National Honor Society.

Alexis Mendoza is the Taft High School salutatorian. This fall, she plans to attend The University of Texas at San Antonio majoring in nursing. The daughter of Alejandro and Ana Laura Mendoza, she is the recipient of the Roadrunner scholarship, Trustees' scholarship, and Presidential scholarship. While in school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and the Spanish Honor Society.

The commencement ceremonies for Taft High School will be held Thursday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Warren High School
(l-r) Warren High School Valedictorian Jennifer Singleton and Salutatorian Andrea Zamora

Jennifer Singleton, this year's valedictorian at Warren High School, plans to attend Texas A & M University at College Station majoring in biomedical engineering. The daughter of Catherine Singleton, she is the recipient of the Terry Scholar scholarship, President's Endowed scholarship, Baumberger Endowment scholarship, among others. While in school, she was president of National Honor Society and captain of varsity volleyball.

"A very special recognition must be given to the extraordinary teachers who have taught me much more than just academics," she said.

Andrea Zamora is the Warren High School salutatorian. This fall, she plans to attend Texas A & M University at College Station majoring in biomedical sciences. The daughter of Francisco and Laura Zamora, she is the recipient of the President's Endowed scholarship, among others. While in school, she was Spanish National Honor Society treasurer. She was also a member of Academic Decathlon, Interact Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and the principal's leadership board.

"I would like to say thank you to my parents, my sister, and my brother for always giving me their support and for always pushing me to strive to achieve my best," she said.

The commencement ceremonies for Warren High School will be held Monday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamodome.