Sunnyside High School has announced the names of the 17 students who comprise the top 5 percent of the 2009 graduating class.
Jacob Rogers has the honor of being named valedictorian for this year, with a grade point average of 4.35.
He is the son of Steward Rogers and Cecilia Soliman and plans to study electrical engineering at the University of San Diego in California. In addition to his studies, Rogers intends to join the cross country team at the university.
While attending Sunnyside High School, he participated in Link crew, science club, science fair, Key Club, leadership, track, cross country, announcing for the school, French club, wildlife camp counseling program, Honor Society and math club.
Rogers plans to work for an engineering firm once he finishes his education and said the most influential person in his life is his grandmother.
Co-salutatorians for the class are Megan Tyler and Henedina Tavares. Tyler earned a grade point average of 4.29 and Tavares' grade point average is 4.21.
Tyler is the daughter of Burt and Sharon Tyler. She plans to attend the University of Washington to pursue a degree in graphic design and journalism.
Her activities throughout her high school career included Associated Student Body business manager, assistant treasurer and treasurer; Honor Society; fire squad; student council; leadership; Evergreen Girls State; basketball; volleyball; track and field; the Lower Valley Hospice Talent Show and church activities.
Tyler's mother was the person she deemed most influential in her life.
Her goal is to own a graphic design and art studio.
Tavares is the daughter of Pedro and Elodia Tavares and plans to attend the University of Washington following her high school career. She will be studying to earn her Bachelor's degree at the university with the intention of pursuing a Doctorate degree from Boston University.
While pursuing her high school education, she was involved in the Latino Culture Club, the University of Washington admittance program, tutoring, Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center intern program and her youth group.
Tavares' parents were named as the most influential people in her life.
Fourth in the class of 2009 with a grade point average of 4.17 is Tristan Abbott. He is the son of Scott and Felicia Abbott and has plans to attend Montana State University.
He was involved with the Sunnyside High School basketball team, baseball team, cross country team, Honor Society and ping pong club. Abbott was the president of the Associated Student Body and fire squad. He was also a leader in his church youth group.
Most influential in his life was Andy Maria, who provided him with a different perspective on life.
With a grade point average of 4.15, Jessica Gonzalez was named fifth in her graduating class. The daughter of Savas and Silvia Gonzalez, she plans to attend the University of Washington before transferring to Georgetown University to pursue a career in government.
She was a member of Honor Society, Latino Culture Club, National Night Out, Future Business Leaders of America, teen awareness, Upward Bound, Link crew, the varsity tennis team, the soccer team and her church youth group.
Gonzalez aspires to one day serve as a senator or governor, representing her state.
Graduating sixth in the Sunnyside High School class of 2009 is David Salmeron Jr., who is the son of David and Maria E. Salmeron. His grade point average is 4.10.
He has plans to pursue a college education at Washington State University, majoring in pharmaceuticals, with a minor in public health sciences.
Salmeron has been a member of Honor Society, Link crew, fire squad and his church youth group. He has interned for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and served as senior class treasurer, as well as participated in the science fair.
His ultimate career goal is to serve his community as a medical professional.
Noemi Correa earned a grade point average of 4.08 and was a volunteer for Sunnyside Community Hospital and an independent living center. She has been a member of Honor Society, Key Club, pep club, Latino Culture Club, Spanish Club, fire squad, Link crew and her youth group. She has interned with Udoc at the University of Washington and Project Health Occupation Preparation Experience. Also, Correa has served as president of the science club and yearbook manager, as well as editor and chief of the Sunnyside High School newspaper.
Her parents are Gilbert and Francisca Correa, and she will be attending the University of Washington to pursue a degree in medicine.
Kelsey Rollinger is the daughter of David Rollinger and Nancy Buckles. Her grade point average is 4.0 and she plans to enter the speech and pathology program at Washington State University.
While a student at Sunnyside High School, Rollinger was a member of fire squad, Honor Society, leadership, basketball, volleyball and Link crew. She participated in school fundraisers and church activities. Also, she worked part-time at Melange and served as a volunteer at Lower Valley Hospice.
Earning a grade point average of 3.94 was Samantha Bridger. She is the daughter of Chet Bridger and plans to attend Washington State University to obtain a degree in nursing.
She was involved in fire squad, Honor Society, basketball, volleyball, Pep Club, school fundraisers and providing community service for local AAU programs. She worked for JCPenney, as well.
Christopher Sambrano is the son of Enrique and Sylvia Sambrano. He earned a 3.89 grade point average and wants to attend the University of Louisiana to study nursing and eventually receive his medical degree. He would also like to pursue a career in acting or singing.
His activities included cheerleading, pep club, Key Club, Honor Society, choir and keeping statistics for the Sunnyside High School wrestling program while attending high school.
The daughter of Dave and Olivia Mendoza, Janelle Mendoza earned a grade point average of 3.88.
She plans to attend Washington State University to obtain a degree in chemistry and was involved in leadership, Link crew, the Miss Sunnyside Court, Honor Society, volleyball, tennis, drama club, Family Career and Community Leaders of America. She participated in science club and science fairs, as well as fire squad.
Gabriela Navarro is the daughter of Juan and Josefina Navarro, and she earned a grade point average of 3.87.
She plans to attend Washington State University and pursue a career in civil engineering. Her activities throughout her high school career included Latino Culture Club, Honor Society, Link crew, tutoring, student ambassadorship, University of Washington admittance program and parent events.
Cindy Gudino, the daughter of Salvador and Rocio Gudino, earned a grade point average of 3.84 and plans to attend the University of Washington with a major in business.
She was the vice president of Key Club, as well as the Lieutenant Governor. She was the editor of the science club and a member of Pep club, soccer, tennis and Honor Society.
The daughter of Fernando and Veronica Medina, Kathia Medina earned a grade point average of 3.8 and has plans to finish a cosmetology course to become a licensed cosmetologist.
She participated in soccer, Link crew, leadership, Yakima Valley Tech and has been attending classes at the Sunnyside Beauty Academy.
Oscar Zamorano is the son of Jose and Carmen Zamorano. His grade point average is 3.79 and he plans to pursue a degree in business, as well as further his training in the automotive industry.
While attending high school, he volunteered for the Port of Sunnyside, participated in science fair, organized and participated in Sunnyside's Summer Jam, and was a member of Sunnyside High School's basketball, baseball and football programs.
Katie Wutzke earned a grade point average of 3.79. She is the daughter of Ben and Natalie Wutzke and plans to attend Wenatchee Valley College to pursue a degree in nursing. She will also be a member of the college's basketball program.
Her activities while in high school included basketball, coaching basketball programs for AAU and Sunnyside Recreation and serving as a volunteer painter, sign language interpreter and reader at Pioneer Elementary School. She also worked for Electric Beach.
Monica Martinez earned a grade point average of 3.77. The daughter of Antonio and Alma Martinez, she plans to attend Eastern Washington University.
Her activities included Key Club, Pep club, youth group, serving as captain of the Grizzliettes dance team, band and serving as a make-up and hair specialist for the Sunnyside High School drama program.