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Sunnyside High School names top grads

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All told, there are 12 young ladies vying for the title of Miss Sunnyside for the September 2008 pageant. The candidates are (front L-R) Jessie Wiersma, Anita Tadlock, Avalon Valencia, Ivette Torbay, Audra Hays, Rebekah Paulakis and Chelsea Dimas; (middle L-R) Jennifer Crane, Crystal Rivera and LeAnn Lopez; (top L-R) Jessica Walters and Hannah Marro.

Sunnyside High School has announced the names of the 17 students who comprise the top 5 percent of the 2008 graduating class.

Matt Barr and Anthony Kim share the honor of being named valedictorian for this year, with a grade point average of 4.439.

Barr is the son of Chuck and Ruth Barr, and has plans to attend Honors College at Washington State University, with a double major in computer science and drama.

While attending Sunnyside High School, he participated in drama, class government, Evergreen Boys State, Valley Theater Company, Math Club, Boy Scouts and the Washington aerospace scholars program.

The son of Fred and Helen Kim, Kim plans to attend the University of Washington, with eventual plans of attending medical school.

He was involved in a variety of activities during his high school career, including tennis, swimming, Evergreen Boys State, Washington aerospace scholars, Yakima Youth Orchestra, Sunnyside High School orchestra, the Mr. SHS Pageant, Math Club, Ping Pong Club and science fair. He was also the Associated Student Body secretary.

The salutatorian for the class is Jacob Brandvold, who earned a grade point average of 4.363.

Brandvold is the son of Dorris Kresse and Dan Brandvold. He plans to attend Honors College at Washington State University, working toward a veterinary degree.

Brandvold's activities throughout his high school career included science fair, Drama Club, tennis, SEED non-denominational Bible study, Honor Society, Link Crew, leadership class, his church youth group, Science Club, Key Club and French Club.

Cassie Herndon earned a 4.326 grade point average and was named fourth academically in her class. She is the daughter of Rick and Deon Herndon and has plans to attend Seattle Pacific University with a major in interior design or architecture.

Herndon's activities included Drama Club, Link Crew, leadership, SEED, class government, Honor Society, the Miss Sunnyside program, church youth leadership and worship team leadership, Evergreen Girls State and working at Dairy Fair.

Fifth in the class of 2008 with a grade point average of 4.131 is Claire Schilperoort. She is the daughter of Tyler and Kris Schilperoort, with plans of attending either Washington State University or Eastern Washington University.

Schilperoort was involved in Drama Club, volleyball, track and field, Link Crew, leadership, Honor Society, class government, Fire Squad, SEED, Rotary, drama camp and Sunnyside's Promise. She was the Associated Student Body president.

Graduating sixth in the Sunnyside High School class of 2008 is Julie Wedam, who is the daughter of Mike and Sue Wedam, and earned a grade point average of 4.109.

Wedam has plans to attend Honors College at Washington State University, and was involved in several activities while attending high school. She was the Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador, a member of 4-H, Honor Society, drama, St. Joseph's Catholic Church choir and lector, swimming and dancing.

Jeffery Van Wingerden earned a grade point average of 4.070 and was involved in Honor Society and wrestling at Sunnyside High School. His parents are John and Deanna Van Wingerden, and he plans to attend the University of Washington to study business finance and entrepreneurship.

Carlos Castellanos was a member of Honor Society and he was involved in a tutoring program. He earned a grade point average of 4.067.

The son of Martin and Irma Castellanos, he plans to attend either Washington State University or the University of Washington to earn a degree in medicine.

Earning a grade point average of 4.049 was Juanita Tellez. She is the daughter of Angel and Alberta Tellez and plans to attend the University of Washington with the possibility of studying law. She will minor in Spanish in hopes of becoming a legal translator.

While attending Sunnyside High School, Tellez was involved in a latchkey program at Pioneer Elementary School, the Latino Culture Club, Honor Society, Link Crew and she was the Washington state ambassador for the Aspiring Students with Knowledge project.

Nicole Southern is the daughter of Larry and Debbie Southern. She earned a grade point average of 4.013 and plans to attend a local college for two years before attending a university program.

Southern's activities included drama, band, Link Crew, science fair, Honor Society, participating in March of Dimes activities and being a blood donor while attending high school.

The daughter of Andrew and Sheila Stamschror, Melissa Stamschror earned a grade point average of 3.993.

She plans to attend Washington State University and was involved in volleyball, swimming, leadership, Link Crew, Sunnyside's Promise and softball. She was the Associated Student Body treasurer, an elementary school volunteer and the Fire Squad president.

Brenda Barrios is the daughter of Juliana and Miguel Barrios, and she earned a grade point average of 3.958.

She plans to attend the University of Washington, majoring in business. Her activities throughout her high school career included Honor Society, Key Club, Pep Club, DECA, Latino Culture Club, track, Spanish Club, dance and drill, basketball, Upward Bound and Drama Club. She was a lieutenant explorer with the Sunnyside Fire Department volunteer program.

Riley Moore, the son of Craig and Dawn Moore, earned a grade point average of 3.928 and plans to attend Southern Methodist University, with a double major in environment and material engineering.

He was involved in Drama Club, Honor Society, football, science fair, band and his church youth group during his high school career.

The son of Antonio and Maria Abundiz, Sergio Abundiz earned a grade point average of 3.875 and has plans to attend the University of Washington. He will seek a degree in computer science.

He was vice president of the Environmental Awareness Club, a member of the Latino Culture Club, participated in mariachi and Sunnyside High School's tutoring program.

Beth Stiteler earned a grade point average of 3.843. She is the daughter of Earl and Jolene Stiteler, and plans to attend Columbia Basin College for two years before attending a university.

While attending high school, she was involved in Drama Club, French Club, senior follies and swimming.

Carlos Garcia Jr. is the son of Carlos V. Garcia and Alma Alcaras. He earned a grade point average of 3.774, and plans to attend the University of Washington to earn a degree in aeronautical engineering.

His activities included science fair, Environmental Awareness Club, Latino Culture Club, Honor Society and Link Crew.

Jordyne Jaquish earned a grade point average of 3.768. The daughter of Sandy and Evie Jaquish, she plans to attend Washington State University, finishing a degree in nursing or psychology.

Her activities included the Running Start program, Honor Society, track and field, volleyball, Fire Squad, Pep Club and drama. She was the vice president of the ski board.

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