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Sunnyside High's top 2006 graduates named

Christina Linde valedictorian

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Christina Linde

Graduation is nearing for Sunnyside High School's Class of 2006.

This week the school finalized its list for the top 5 percent of student academic achievement for the class of 2006.

The 16 students are led by class valedictorian Christina Linde, who will graduate with a weighted grade point average of 4.26.

The number exceeds the highest academic score of 4.0 because it figures in difficulty of course work.

Linde plans to attend Gonzaga University this fall and play volleyball. "I'm going to major in exercise science and become a physical therapist," she said.

She said her parents, LaDon and Sandra Linde, are the most influential people in her life. "My dad taught me a good work ethic that's helped me with school work and my mom taught me to be nice," she said.

Linde said her long term goals are to marry and have a family, and own a physical therapy practice.

After Linde, Jamie Lopez Jr. and Talia Spini are tied for salutatorian honors with identical 4.12 GPAs.

Lopez Jr. said he intends to attend the University of Washington and major in mechanical engineering. He indicated he would like to eventually obtain his Masters degree.

He named his parents, Jaime and Yolanda, and his family as the most influential people in his life.

"I want to have a job in the automotive industry in car development," he said of his future goals. His plans for the next 20 years also call for being a successful business owner, having a family, traveling a lot, being rich and not getting deported.

Spini said she plans to attend Gonzaga University and double major in communications and political science. She said her parents, Mike and Julie Spini, are the most influential people in her life.

Her goal for the future is, "To be happy with my life".

Danny Plesha will graduate with a weighted grade point average of 4.10, and plans to attend either Washington State University or the University of Portland this fall.

The son of Charles and Alenka Plesha, he listed his parents and brothers as the most influential people in his life.

Plesha's future goals in the next 20 years are to "hopefully get a PhD in math/science and a good paying job."

Daniel Albrecht, the son of Jeff and Sue Albrecht, will graduate with a mark of 4.06 and plans to attend either Eastern Washington University or Washington State University. "My grandpa and my teachers" were cited as the most influential people in his life.

Albrecht said his future goals are to have a successful business, a loving family and a lot of money.

CaSandra Romero graduates with a weighted grade point average of 4.04. Her future plans call for pursuing an Associates degree from Yakima Valley Community College, while dancing for the Sun Kings.

She said her parents, Sandra Santos Martinez and Macario Romero Jr., and family are the most influential people in her life.

Romero's long term plans call for having a big, healthy family, a home, to be debt free and have excellent credit.

James Van Wingerden will graduate Sunnyside High School with a weighted grade point average of 4.01.

He said his parents, John and Deanna Van Wingerden, are the most influential people in his life. He plans to attend Washington State University this fall to pursue a degree in landscape architecture. His long term goals are to "own a business, marry a rich girl, be successful."

Capri Miles will graduate with a 4.00 mark and attend Eastern Washington University this fall to pursue a degree in dental hygiene or business administration.

"I hope to be an active member in my community, while working in my profession," Miles said of her long-term goals. "Another passion of mine is to work with teens in preventing alcohol and substance abuse. And, of course, I want to own a Jaguar."

She said her parents, Eroll and Dawn Miles, are the most influential people in her life.

Matt Thomas graduates with a weighted GPA of 3.92. He plans to attend Eastern Washington University to study pre-pharmacy.

The people with the most influence on his life are his parents, Jim and Toni Thomas.

Thomas said his long term goals are to "have my own place and be working in a pharmacy."

Jesus Alquicira graduates with a mark of 3.91. He said his parents, Marcos and Timotea Alquicira, are the most influential people in his life.

Alquicira will attend Eastern Washington University and major in forensic psychology. "I also want to get a minor in sociology and criminal justice," he said.

He said his parents, Marcos and Timotea Alquicira, are the most influential people in his life.

"I want to have a great family and still be in contact with my great friends from high school," he said of his long term goals. "I want to enjoy life to the fullest and have a healthy life."

Kyle Tyler graduates with a weighted grade point average of 3.91, and plans to study pre-dentistry at the University of Washington.

He said his parents, Sharon and Burt Tyler, are the most influential people in his life.

"I'd like to be out of dental school and starting my own practice," he said of his long term goal.

Austin Copenhaver will graduate with the class of 2006 with a mark of 3.87.

His parents, Dave and Kathie Copenhaver, are the most influential people in his life, he said.

Copenhaver said he plans to "go to YVCC, work, then transfer to a four-year college or university".

In 20 years, Copenhaver said he would like to have a successful career and be married to a rich girl.

Jacob Barr will graduate from Sunnyside High School with a mark of 3.87, then pursue European international studies at the University of Washington.

He said the most influential people in his life are "my dear friend Patrick, youth pastor and mentor Mark, mom and dad (Ruth and Chuck Barr) and my God-the Lord Jesus Christ".

Barr said his long term goals are "to have gone everywhere, seen everything and own a scuba diving company in Australia".

Yanet Candido graduates with a weighted grade point average of 3.81, and plans to attend Wenatchee Valley Community College, where she will play soccer.

Candido also said she plans to attend the University of Washington.

She listed her parents, Baltazar Candido and Graciela Arias, as the most influential people in her life. She also noted that her boyfriend, Miguel Galvan, is one of the most influential people in her life.

Candido said that within 20 years she would like to have a family and have her house paid off.

Gabriela Juarez will graduate this spring with a weighted grade point average of 3.75.

The daughter of Cristina Espinoza and Jesus Juarez, she plans to attend Heritage University for her Associates degree, then transfer to pre-med studies at the University of Washington.

Juarez said her mom is the most influential person in her life, "She tells me not to give up and always try my hardest."

Her long-term future plan is to work in a hospital as an obstetrician.

Rounding out the Class of 2006's top 5 percent is Meghan Grubenhoff, who graduates with a mark of 3.73.

Grubenhoff will attend Northwest University this fall and pursue a double major in nursing and youth ministry, with a minor in Spanish.

She said the most influential people in her life are her parents, Michelle Hall and Jim Grubenhoff.

Her long-term goal is "to be satisfied with the person I have become".

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