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Sunnyside High School names top 2007 grads

Sunnyside High School officials have released the names of those students in the top 5 percent of the senior class, academically speaking.

Valedictorian Brenda Perez Alvarado is the daughter of Guilermina and Martin Perez Castillo. She plans to study engineering at MIT in Boston next year. She said the most influential people in her life were her parents, who always pushed her to do her best, and Lizeth Chiprez, who helped her greatly throughout her high school career.

Salutatorian Sterling Scott is the son of Phillip and Robin Scott. He plans on attending Brigham Young University for a year and a half and then go on a two-year mission for his church. After that, he will go back to BYU to major in business. He said his family has been an inspiration to him and wants to be a corporate attorney when he gets out of BYU. He also hopes to have family and stay close to God.

Audra Vasquez is the daughter of Jeanne Marie Vasquez and plans on attending Western Washington University this fall. Her 20-year goal is to become the editor-in-chief at Marie Claire magazine.

Jillian Jetter is the daughter of Ron and Sue Jetter. Jetter pans on attending the University of Washington but doesn't know what she will study. She named her parents as the most influential people in her life.

Veronica Alvarez is the daughter of Jerry and Carmen Alvarez. She will attend WSU this fall, where she plans on earning her BA in nursing. She would like to become a RN at Sunnyside Community Hospital or somewhere close to Sunnyside.

Rachelle Durfey is the daughter of Ted and Pam Durfey . She said she would like to attend Western Washington University and pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry. The most influential person in her life is her grandma Hazel, who she describes as having a strong character and always having a smile on her face. In 20 years Durfey would like to have set foot on every continent.

Rosa Picazo is the daughter of Maria Villanueva and Manuel Hernandez. Picazo wants to attend Columbia Basin Community College this fall and major in either business administration or education. She plans to transfer to the University of Washington. She named her mother as the most influential person in her life.

Dane Schmick is the son of Tom and Julie Schmick. He will attend Pacific Lutheran University this fall and said his parents, neighbor Myrtis and his wonderful teachers have been the most influential to him.

Corrin Veiga is the daughter of Tony and Brenda Veiga. She will attend WSU this fall, where she will major in biology. Her mom's constant support earned Mrs. Veiga being named as the most influential person in Veiga's life.

Anayelli Casas is the daughter of Jose Luis and Virginia Casas. She will attend Yakima Valley Community College to get her AA and transfer to WSU. In 20 years she sees herself working in health care and helping her family with their needs.

Jake Wavrin is the son of Sid and Kelly Wavrin. He hopes to have a well paying but enjoyable job within the next 20 years.

Elizabeth Estrada is the daughter of Daniel and Elia Estrada. She plans on attending Columbia Basin Community College or Corban College and then transfer to a bigger school such as New York University or Harvard Medical School. She named her parents as the most influential people in her life.

Lorraine Barboza is the daughter of Elias and Martha Barboza. She plans to attend Central Washington University and major in law or political science. She wants to have a career as a lawyer and then enter the world of politics.

Francisco Solis is the son of Norma and Francisco Solis. He plans to attend WSU and wants to have a career in education.

Laura Aguiar is the daughter of Antonia Aguiar. She will attend Heritage University, where she will work to become a school counselor. She said her sister Sofia is the most influential person in her life because she has always been there for Aguiar.

Rounding out the top 16 students is Bill Omlin. He is the son of Bill and Sheila Omlin and will attend YVCC and then WSU, where he will work on his engineering degree. He would like to become an automotive stylist or possible start his own company.

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