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Trio tops East Union High Class of 2009

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Trio tops East Union High Class of 2009

From left, Robyn Raker, Lauren Mitchell and Jessica Golden, who are East Union High's top academic students, will lead the Class of 2009 at the June 5 commencement exercises.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED June 1, 2009 2:27 a.m.
Lauren Mitchell, Robyn Raker and Jessica Golden could be considered this year’s best and brightest students at East Union High.

They earned that honor by excelling in the classroom during the past four years, with each compiling 4.3 grade point averages.

On June 5, this trio of Lancers will lead the Class of 2009 at the commencement exercises. Some 345 students, are scheduled to receive their high school diplomas during the hour-long special occasion that begins at 7 p.m. at Dino Cunial Field.
“I think what I’m going to miss most (about high school) are my friends and the memories we shared,” said Mitchell, who, along with Raker, share the honor of valedictorian.

She’ll be attending the University of Tulsa and will look at possibly chemical engineer, English literature, music or film as a major.

Lauren Mitchell is the daughter of James and Shelly Mitchell. At East Union, she was active in music, performing in the concert, marching, pep, honor and jazz bands. Mitchell, who also plays the piano, was involved in the sax quartet while giving violin lessons and a member of the French Club.

Robyn Raker is the daughter of Richard and Deborah Raker. She, too, was involved in music, and was named to the city and honor bands.
Raker, who did volunteer work during the elections along with her old elementary school, McParland, will be attending the University of Oregon, where she plans to study environmental sciences.

Jessica Golden was named salutatorian.

She’s the daughter of John Golden and Shoshonee Nez-Perce.

In the fall, Golden is heading off to UC Santa Cruz, with plans to pursue chemistry as her major.

“I want to do research on alternative energy,” she said.

Golden was also active in school, taking part marching, concert, and jazz bands. She was on the swim team and involved in the Humanitarian Club, Expressions Magazine and Cultural Heritage Alliance.

Meanwhile, Mitchell and Golden are scheduled to give speeches during graduation.
“I’m planning to talk about how I’m terrified about life,” said Mitchell on Thursday.

Added Golden: “My main topic will be about individuality, fear and hope, and how much we’ve changed over the past four years.”
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