Angelina Ludena is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. She enjoys Sparkles, is a rock climbing enthusiasts, food lover and Star Wars nerd. She's described as a hard worker, happy and bubbly.
After a huge win in front of a raucous crowd at Pechange Arena San Diego, we typically skate to center ice and raise our sticks to salute our fans - young and old - who support us in our victories.
Today, we're flipping the script and supporting those in our community.
With the current global health crisis, we know 2020 graduates missed their chance to stroll across a stage and grab a diploma or celebrate with their classmates as they move on to a new grade or new school. Tossing caps in the air and sharing last day messages is a staple of the early summer months. We want to let you know we see your hard work and dedication, and congratulate you on all of your success this year with our Gulls Grads program!
Parents, friends and loved ones can sign up their graduate by filling out the form at the bottom fo this page and uploading a photo. You can also find the form here. We'll feature these graduates on our social media channels - and with a written blurb in a news story - over the next few weeks.
Introducing your 2020 Gulls Grads:
Angelina Ludena is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. She enjoys Sparkles, is a rock climbing enthusiasts, food lover and Star Wars nerd. She's described as a hard worker, happy and bubbly.
Miles Botkiss is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School. He's described as a wonderful student and a great lacrosse player. He will attend Harvard in the fall to continue his education and play NCAA Division I lacrosse.
Diana Macal is a recent graduate of San Dieguito High School Academy.
Sofia Rodgers is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Her parents are proud and love her so much! Rodgers graduated with honors, received the honor of Most Valuable Player in Varsity soccer and was accepted to San Diego State University’s molecular and cellular bio program. She's also a big fan of the SD Gulls!
Evan Wilson is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon. He earned the Most Valuable Player award for Varsity Water Polo. He's described as an exceptional student and friend to all!
Danielle Linkogle is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. She's described as a kind and thoughtful young lady who works hard and puts her all into everything she does. Danielle is looking forward to following her passion and going to esthetician school in the fall.
Mackenzie Ferrell is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. She's described as an outstanding student and a member of the yearbook, with a love for writing that goes way beyond her years. Her motivation to do well and compassion for others is endless!
Her parents said the following: "She is an amazing daughter, with a strong work ethic in all that she does. She hopes to study journalism & communications. The SKY is the limit for her! We love you so much & we are so proud of you! Dream big baby girl!"
Sam Kaplan is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy and very involved in Robotics. He's described as a mentor at times to elementary school kids and a help to the SDA mentors when needed. He will miss SDA and the Robotics team. He will head to Mira Costa with the intent to transfer to a UC school for Engineering.
Carson Heckman is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. He's looking forward to community college In the fall and enjoying summer break.
Anna Bradley is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. She's a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, was her high school’s female Math and Science Award winner, and Varsity Field Hockey Maverick of the Year. She graduated with Honors and will attend Haverford College in Philadelphia and play on their field hockey team. Anna plans to major in Biology and hopes to become a pediatrician.
Ben Walker recently graduated from Torrey Pines High School. He is described as a good student and looks forward to college in the fall. He is a dedicated skateboarder and member of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Ben's parents describe him as independent, a loyal friend and a loving son. They say, "We are very proud of him!"
Madison Bahr is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Her parents describe her as student whom achieved all she set out to accomplish this senior year. Her parents say, "We are so very proud of her academic achievement as well as her holding down cheer activities and being a lead role in her schools musical Madison is well in her way to great things!"
Kara Sunshine Lund is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy. She'll attend UCSB as pre-bio major in the fall, with the goal to work with forensics and the FBI. She was a Varsity tennis player and, as her parents described, "not very good on the ice."
Cameron August is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy and is planning to attend San Diego State University in the fall.
Hannah Flores is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy. She's described as being full of life and all her friends and family are so blessed to have her in our life. Hannah plans on becoming a fashion designer.
Emily Fowler is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. She played girl's team tennis throughout the high school years and served as the team captain in her senior year. She won girls tennis team CIF Championships all four years and won CIF San Diego Section Girls Tennis Doubles Championships in 2018 and 2019 (last won was with her sister, Carolyna, as her doubles teammate). Emily will attend UC Irvine and will be playing for their women’s tennis team.
Ryan Rice is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. He is a three-sport varsity athlete who graduated with honors. Ryan missed his varsity season of baseball. His parents said, "We are so proud of him and can’t wait to see what he can accomplish in the next chapter of his life."
Dylan Navales is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Dylan will be heading to Baylor University in the fall to pursue an Engineering degree.
Dafne Faitelson is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. She's described by her parents as an amazing person and student. She participated in both water polo and track and field. Her passion is to help animals, and she will pursue an opportunity in vet school at UC Berkeley, specializing in the Equine medical field. Her parents said, "Congratulations to our beautiful daughter."
Luke Berardi is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. His mother submitted the following:
Luke Berardi has had the best 4 years at LCC. He played Football his freshman year and played Baseball for LCC all 4 years. It was hard missing out on his last year of Baseball. He was a great student and got along with all his fellow teachers and friends. He will be starting his future at Palomar College and will be striving for his Firefighting Certificate to become a firefighter.
Alfredo Sanchez is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School.
Ruby Rothman is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School and will attend the University of Wisconsin Madison in the fall.
Delaney Lawler is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. She's described by her parents as "a beautiful spirit inside and out, kind, caring and smart. She is excited to be headed to the University of Washington this fall."
Ben Bingham is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. He "loves off-roading, surfing, rescuing puppies, and throwing pots."
Layla Haberfield is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School who is excited to attend Cal Poly SLO to study business and play Volleyball.
Lindsey is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. She participated in ASB (student council) since her freshman year, sitting on the executive board in her senior year. Her parents said:
Lindsey has taken just about every AP class available receiving A's in nearly every class.
This is a picture of her unique 'drive thru' graduation with school principle Principal Mr. Killeen (surely is the 'sign of our times'). Lindsey will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall .. GO Blue!
Vanessa Isabelle Figueroa Weston is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy High School. Her parents said:
Vanessa is an intelligent and beautiful young lady, amazing daughter, loving and caring sister and a loyal friend. She will attend Grinnell College in Iowa in the fall to study Sociology and continue to support social justice in our country
Congratulations Vanessa! We are so proud of you! We love you and we wish you the best in college. You have a bright future ahead of you!
Sierra Lizerbram is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Her parents said the following:
Sierra graduates from La Costa Canyon High School with a 4.2 GPA. She will head to UC Davis where she will play NCAA Divion I lacrosse for the Aggies! Sierra plans to major in Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior, and hopes to work in sports rehab/training.
Jesse Geensburg is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. His mother said the following:
Nothing makes me more proud than to tell the world about the amazing young adult you have become. Your adventurous, free spirit and love for learning is proof you are ready for new highs and great experiences that will continue to shape who you are. The kind of determination, confidence and perseverance you have shown in sports and other hard earned victories in your life will unmistakable lead you to success in whatever your heart decides to pursue. As you are headed to Florida Southwestern State College, continue to excel in all your endeavors!
Blake Witsenburg is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. His parents said the following:
Blake had a great 4 years at LCC. He enjoyed being on the LCC football team as a wide receiver and free safety. Blake obtained his Private Pilot License during senior year. He will attend the University of Oklahoma - Aviation Studies.
Cole Wojtkowski is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. His parents said the following:
Cole Wojtkowski is a hard working student who has grit and determination. He played Varsity Soccer and LAX for Canyon Crest Academy while maintaining a 3.3 GPA. He will continue to play soccer at Cuyamaca Community College next year.
Chloe Kofoed is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Her parents said the following:
Chloe has been a competitive cheerleader since she was four and received two bronze medals, one silver medal and most recently a gold medal at the Worlds Championships. She is a generous, kind, fun-loving young woman! She is headed to the University of Arizona in the fall to study business.
Jordan Rowell is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Her father said the following:
Jordan will be attending SJSU and playing soccer for the Spartans. Favorite Gulls player: Martin...Moose.
Noelle Inverso is a recent graduate La Costa Canyon High School. Her parents said the following:
Noelle played Varsity rugby all four years of high school. As team captain for her Maverick rugby team's 2020 season. she scored 23 try's and their team is #1 in San Diego! She will head to CWU to play collegiate rugby for the Wildcats while earning her business/marketing degree..
Mary Harris is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Her parents sent along the following:
Mary has an abundance of enthusiasm, loves spending time with friends, and keeping busy. Mary's favorite class this year was Sociology. Her gifts, talents and hobbies: Singing, Photography, Cooking & Painting. Mary brings all of this together to build a sense of community - this year, serving as the President of Community Club at LaCosta Canyon High School. She will attend Dixie State University, St George, UT in the fall.
Shawlin Tucker is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy. His parents sent along the following:
Shawlin represented SDA through four-year Varsity soccer, four-year Surf Team, and four-year Symphony-French Horn. Shout out to SDA! This Encinitas native is heading to New York University.
Mateo Murphy is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy. His parents sent along the following:
Mateo is a well rounded young man and he will attend UCLA music school in the fall. His passion for music, surfing, snowboarding, friends and life in general gave him many wonderful experiences. His intelligence and perseverance will take him anywhere he wants to go. We are so proud.
Cléo Kennedy is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Her parents sent along the following:
Cléo is a four-year Varsity soccer student-athlete and earned Offensive Player of the year consecutively via HS & competitive club, DMCV Sharks. She is headed to Colorado Mesa University this Fall to play collegiate soccer and major in Kinesiology. She hopes to follow in the footsteps of her mentor and Gull's physician, Rick Stauffer!
Mary and Will Loedel are recent graduates of San Dieguito Academy. Their parents sent along the following:
Mary graduates with honors and is a national and world jump rope champion. Will is an avid skateboarder, soccer player, and overall great guy. The twins both volunteered for years with Kids for Peace and will attend MiraCosta College.
Eric Brown is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy. His parents submitted the following:
Eric likes the beach,camping, backpacking and hanging out around town with friends. He is looking forward to the next adventures at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study Public Health!
Jesse Yu is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Meg Sperry submitted the following:
Everyone wants Jesse around! He’s thoughtful, responsible, coachable, and clever. Jesse always pushed hard in his favorite sport, soccer, and earned Top Male Athlete at CCA. He developed an interest in math and physics and will attend Cal Poly Pamona to study Mechanical Engineering. Jesse is a quiet leader with a good heart. Love you, JK!
Felix Arnold is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Jane Purchall sent along the following:
Smart, witty, kind and loyal. Felix blossomed into an independent young man ready and eager to explore the world. He heads to Australia for the next chapter in his colourful life. We couldn’t be more proud of who he is becoming.
Patricio Lopez is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Francisco Lopez submitted the following:
He is a kind, hardworking, determined student-athlete who is beyond excited for the next chapter in his life.
Angelina Mkrtychyan is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Marina Balabekyan submitted the following:
Angelina is the kindest, smartest, and most hardworking/motivated person. She was on varsity tennis all four years and, in the past year, was captain and awarded MVP. This fall, she will attendiUCSD to pursue computer science. We’re so proud of her!
Sean Rodmel is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Esperanza Rodmel submitted the following:
He ran track all four years of high school. Also, he will attend University of Arizona and will study Film/Television with a minor in business.
Gavin Silberman is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Diane Silberman sent along the following:
Gavin is a great student and water polo goalie! He’s an avid waterman and loves surfing and spear fishing. His drive, dedication and passion will take him far. He’s off to UC Davis next fall!
Ben Elovitz is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Jennifer Elovitz submitted the following:
Ben will attend UCSB to study Economics.
Clay Trickey is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Stacy Trickey submitted the following:
Clay loved La Costa Canyon High School. He was on ASB and played on the soccer team all four years. He will miss seeing his friends. Clay heads to MiraCosta College in the fall.
Jasper Chen is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Sheila Yen submitted the following:
Jasper is a talented kid, a hard worker, and most importantly, a thoughtful and kind person who made all his way to Brown University.
D'Adrian Cook is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Linda Hayes submitted the following:
D’Adrian is a outgoing young man that enjoys being very social, hanging outside in nature and spending quality time with all of his friends. After high school, D’Adrian hopes to hop right into a law enforcement job and makes his way up to eventually being a K-9 Officer.
Eric Workman is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. He will attend Claremont McKenna College.
Max Eichenmuller is a recent gradute from San Dieguito Academy. Jennifer Engel submitted the following:
Max's high school years were an enriching time of personal growth and discovery thanks to the many dedicated staff at this school, in his case especially Ms. Baggins, Mr. Easbey and Mr Wuertz. He learned to play his fourth musical instrument in beginning guitar class and met many friends. He is going to attend Occidental College this fall.
Kevin Sotelo is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Marisol Sotelo submitted the following:
Kevin is a rugby player who is energetic, enthusiastic, motivated, kind, humble and caring.
Max Plsek is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Renn Plsek submitted the following:
High school graduate heading off to University of Edinburgh in Scotland to study archeology next year. Favorite Gulls player is Jani Hakanpaa!
Macy Holdt is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Rachel Holdt submitted the following:
Macy is an excellent student and, although overcoming significant financial hardships in a single parent home environment, graduated with Honors and will be attending ASU in the fall. She worked a job throughout her high school years while maintaining high grades and a strong spirit. She is loved by her family and they are super proud of her accomplishments.
Cassidy Liu is a recent gradute of Canyon Crest Academy. Changwen Liu submitted the following:
Cassidy is a hard-working and strong athlete. He's headed to Pomona college for a bright future.
Jason Martinez is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Monique Cocco submitted the following:
Jason played football all four years while balancing a large load of honors and AP classes. He’s headed to UCSB in the fall.
Jillian Kaplan is a recent gradaute of Torrey Pines High School. Gayle Weiss submitted the following:
Jillian will attend Middle Tennessee State University to play NCAA Division I soccer. We are so proud of you!
Logan Lavine is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Lorna Lavine submitted the following:
Graduated 12th grade with a 4.4 GPA ! Looking forward to attending UCSD for environmental engineering! My mom teaches hockey power skating and we enjoy the games!
Max Mereminsky is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. He'll attend UCSB to study Mechanical Engineering in the fall.
Maddie Lynch is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Lori Lynch submitted the following:
Maddie Lynch loved going to school; always smiling with an upbeat attitude, lots of friends and always made sure everyone was included. She loved her teachers and coaches. Her favorite sport was tennis. She is now headed to SBCC and then UC Santa Barbara.
Kaila Hogan is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Jessica Hogan submitted the following:
Kaila has been a competitive gymnast for most of her life and graduated from CCCA with honors. In the fall, she will attend Tulane University and plans to major in biomedical engineering. She also looks forward to participating in a study abroad program.
Alejandro Castaneda Padilla is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy. He will attend Palomar College for auto engineers.
Gabriel Schafer is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy and will attend San Diego City College in the near future.
Jessica Lane is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Karen Lane submitted the following:
Jessica is a high school graduate from Canyon Crest Academy where she was a four year varsity water polo player. She will attend University of Southern California in the honors college as a history major. Jessica enjoyed Gulls games in previous seasons and is learning more about hockey.
Vitush Agarwal is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. He aspires to be a neurosurgeon, and will attend The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the fall.
Annabelle Pham is a recent graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Ryan Pham submitted the following:
Dual varsity sport (soccer and track and field), president of PALs, distinguished scholar made the most of high school experience and going on to play soccer at University of Chicago as pre-med neuroscience major.
Francisco J. Atempa is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy.
Aimee Sherman is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy.
Samantha Carrillo is a recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy. Rosa Rodriguez submitted the following:
Samantha is an incredible young lady with great ambition. She is always kind to those around her and will achieve many great things in her future!
Jonah Alva is a recent graduate of San Marcos High School. He plans to attend DeAnza Community College in San Jose to study Marketing.
Cesar Galvez is a recent graduate of Kindergarten at Encanto Elementary. Jaimie Galvez submitted the following:
Cesar aka Chico was promoted from Kindergarten to first grade this year. It was a tough, challenging year adjusting to a new school, learning two languages, and adjusting to distant learning. But he did it and passed with wonderful grades! Chico wants to be an optometrist when he grows up!
Allison Burgess is a recent graduate of Mt. Carmel High School. Corri-Anne Burgess submitted the following:
Allison is huge hockey fan and has attended many Gulls games. As the Sports Editor for the MC Sun (high school paper) over the last two years, Allison always included articles and updates about hockey. She spent countless hours volunteering in her community as a member of the Poway National Charity League. Allison is heading off to Cal Poly Pomona to major in Communications and use her experience in both written and oral communications to make the world a better place. We are so proud of her!
Carson Wells is a recent graduate of Mission Bay High School. Karen Wells submitted the following:
Carson graduated Mission Bay with a full international baccalaureate diploma and GPA of 4.86 as well as The Seal of Biliteracy He played lacrosse, football and of course hockey! He will be attending the University of Utah in the fall for Nursing and we will miss him.
Caroline Egler is a recent graduate of High Tech High. Thomas Egler submitted the following:
Caroline graduates from High Tech High in June 18 and is heading to Barnard in New York City! She is an actor, a writer and a very convincing debater. And she went to five Gulls games this year with her buddies. She’ll miss them!
Victoria Lee is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy. Nancy Lee submitted the following:
Tori is an intelligent, ambitious, and creative young woman. She graduated SDA with honors while also having to balance multiple extracurricular activities including competitive golf, advanced-level piano performances, third-degree black belt training, hospital volunteering, and a part time job. She will be attending UCLA Fall of 2020, is looking forward to meeting new friends, and this next exciting chapter in her life. We are so very proud of our little girl.
Veronica Vilicich is a recent graduate of San Dieguito Academy. Gigi Vilicich submitted the following:
Veronica is a recent graduate of SDA where she was a four-year varsity field hockey player, playing mostly goalie for the team. Veronica also competed on the SDA Speech and Debate team, making it to the Nationals competition in Orlando, Florida in 2018. Veronica will attend CSULB in the Fall, majoring in Communications and is looking forward to eventually attending law school.
Gabrielle Shubin is a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School. Autumn Wilson submitted the following:
Gabby is a hardworking student, who graduated with straight A’s. She is going to be a pilot!
Karissa Carlson is a recent graduate of St. Didacus Parish School. Scott Carlson submitted the following:
My daughter is a eighth-grader and has been at her schools for 12 years and will be heading off to Helix Charter High School. She was so upset she could not graduate, and was also very upset when the season ended. She is a huge fan of Chase De Leo and loves seeing him play.
Alex Moreno is a recent graduate of Academy of Our Lady of Peace. Alejandra Lavander submitted the following:
Alex graduated with Honors from OLP. She will be attending USD majoring in Biology. She’s happy to stay in sunny San Diego and keep cheering for the Gulls.
Seth Walcher is a recent graduate of Mesa Verde Middle School. Rebecca Walcher submitted the following:
Seth celebrated his eighth-grade promotion this month with a car parade. We used Gulls rally towels as part of our parade decorations. Seth misses Gulls games more than anything else during quarantine- photos with Gulliver, cheering for goals, collecting Game Day programs, the goalie chant, everything. He says it is just too difficult to pick a favorite player.
Kelsey Stuckey is a recent graduate of Bonita Vista High School. Jolene Hall submitted the following:
My niece Kelsey earned her High School Diploma this month from Bonita Vista High School! Go Barons! We are so proud of your huge accomplishment!
Jacob Dains is a recent graduate of James Madison High School. Anna Dains submitted the following:
Jacob is a local high school graduate from the Madison Warhawks. He graduated with Academic Distinction and on the Principal's Honor roll. He is an avid Gulls fan and Ducks fan. When it was senior picture time, how else would a Gulls fan want to have them done? In Gulls gear of course! His all-time favorite player is John Gibson. He followed him all the way. Go Gulls!
Greg Chase is a recent graduate of Arizona State University. Jayci Jenks submitted the following:
Greg just graduated from ASU studying psychology and plans to work within military mental health. His FAVORITE player is Kevin Boyle.
Ian McGrath is a recent graduate of Poway High School. Jennifer McGrath submitted the following:
Ian is kind generous and loves to play all sports. His first love is hockey which he has played since he was nine. In high school he also played on the golf, roller hockey and volleyball teams. He will attend Cal State University Fullerton next year majoring in Biology. His goal is to become a doctor.
Hayden Likos is a recent graduate of Mountain Empire High School. Cesar Felix submitted the following:
Hayden Likos graduated high school with a 4.27 and is moving on to obtaining her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Redlands. Her favorite player is Anthony Stolarz and she hopes to keep coming back to root for the Gulls. Go Gulls!
Lina Molla is a recent graduate of Escondido Charter High School. Ellen Molla submitted the following:
As one journey ends, Lina is so honored to be the Salutatorian of her Class of 2020. She will start her next adventure in the fall at UCLA studying Days Science. We are so proud of all of her hard work, drive and successes!
Kyan Xander Jaravata is a recent graduate of Black Mountain Middle School. Cate Jaravata submitted the following:
Kyan Xander maintained high marks throughout his middle school career all while participating in NFL flag football, basketball, and Boy Scouts.
Stephen Daniels is a recent graduate of Mesa College. Jeff Olson submitted the following:
Stephen worked so hard to get his AA at Mesa, but he can’t go far from the Gulls, so off to Cal State San Marcos this fall!
Ryan Donnelly is a recent graduate of Pomona High School. Gina D'Albero-Schuler submitted the following:
Ryan graduated from Ramona High this year. He looks forward to a career in radiology down the road. He loves the Gulls and Kevin Boyle is his favorite player.
Jennifer North is a recent graduate of University City High School. Dania North submitted the following:
Jennifer is a smar,t humble person always willing to help her friends and especially her four siblings.
Kathleen Santacruz is a recent graduate of Bonita Vista High School. Lorianna Sanchez submitted the following:
Kathleen lettered in tennis and softball. She was active in ASB as an art commissioner. She volunteered at UCSD medical center. She was an active Girl Scout working on her gold award. She graduated with honors as a lifetime CSF member. Kathleen will study cellular biology at UCSB in the fall.
Emma Brandl is a recent graduate of Point Loma High School. Sarah Brandl submitted the following:
Emma enjoyed her time at Point Loma High. She was member of student government all four years, made lots of friends and long lasting memories. Emma plans to continue her dream of becoming an animator next year.
Courtney Conway is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University. David Conway submitted the following:
My daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor her first year of college. She never missed a day and waited until summer to have surgery. Three years later, she is tumor free and graduated with her bachelor's degree in education and will start her master's program soon. She will be an amazing teacher, like her sister, Mom and grandmother. She is my hero and, like me, her favorite player is Sam Carrick.
Karina Romero is a recent graduate of the University of La Verne. Kharla Romero submitted the following:
Karina graduated with her Master's degree in Education from the University of La Verne. She is currently working on getting her specialist credentials so she can teach students with disabilities. Karina is honest, patient, and has such a big heart. Her family is beyond proud of her; we cannot wait to see her be the best teacher and impact the lives of her students. Karina is a huge hockey fan; she loves the Anaheim Ducks and San Diego Gulls! We cannot wait for hockey season to return.
Vivienne Votel is a recent graduate of Grossmont High School. Vince Votel submitted the following:
Viv was a peer listener, gymnast and cheer leader at Grossmont. Her school spirit was very high. She was also a very big San Diego Gulls fan and attended many, many games with me in section 19. Very vocal and loves her Gulls and the sport of hockey. She sadly did not get to go to prom, grad night or graduate on stage like the students in previous years. She was (and most likely still is) disappointed. She does have hope for the future and is focusing on that.
Andrea Fernandez is a recent graduate of NYE Elementary. Abbie Fernandez submitted the following:
My daughter Andrea graduated from NYE Elementary and received the Presidential Gold Award for Outstasnding Academic Excellence. She will attend Dana Point Middle School in the fall.
Julianna Villa is a recent graduate of Clairemont High School. James Villa submitted the following:
Juliana graduated as a tri-athlete competing in badminton, field hockey and her main sport of wrestling. She was on the varsity wrestling team for three years and a captain for one season. She placed first in multiple tournaments and even reached the Masters Tournament.