2017 Academic Awards Recognizes RVHS Students
Soroptimist International of Rio Vista Education committee sponsored an inspiring evening for Rio Vista High School, recognizing student academic achievement and honoring their scholarship award winners, supporting $6,300 in scholarships to five deserving seniors at the May 3rd ceremony at Rio Vista High School. Over 300 parents, students and Soroptimist supporters attended the ceremony.
The intent of this event is to honor all students who have met high academic standards in the past school year and to award Soroptimist scholarships to graduating seniors. The event originated several years ago when the Soroptimist organization realized that an Athletic Awards banquet existed recognizing student athletes but so such recognition existed for student academics.
Medals (silver for high honors, gold for highest honors) were awarded to students in all four classes for their excellent academic performance during the school year. Awards were also given to the juniors and seniors with the highest cumulative grade point averages.
Soroptimist scholarships, recognizing both academic achievement and community service, were presented to five deserving seniors. Susanne Johnson was awarded the $1,500.00 Valerie Jackson Memorial scholarship. Susanne is attending Cal Poly SLO as a Bio Chemistry major focusing on pharmaceutical research. $1200.00 Soroptimist Scholarship winners were Jake Hagan, attending Maritime Academy in Mechanical Engineering, Jacob Fortes, attending Cal Poly Pomona as a Kinesiology major focusing on physical therapy, Daryn Katsuki, attending Sonoma State as an Accounting major, and Karina Mandujano Rojas, attending U.C.Davis as a Computer Engineering major with a plan to receive a master’s degree in this field.
To conclude the ceremony, Co-Valedictorians Karina Mandujano Rojas and Suzanne Johnson and Salutatorian Juan Lazaro were announced.
Following the event, the Women’s Improvement Club served dessert to students, parents and guests.