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Aguiar, Vaught top academics for East Union Class of 2010
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From left, Katie Vaught and Erica Aguiar will lead East Union High’s commencement exercises on Thursday. Aguiar is the valedictorian for the Class of 2010 and Vaught is serving as salutatorian. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin
As the top academic students, Erica Aguiar and Katie Vaught earned the honors to lead East Union High’s commencement exercises on Thursday.

They’re the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2010.

Aguiar and Vaught will address family, friends and guests as speakers at the graduation ceremonies scheduled for 7 p.m. at Dino Cunial Field.

School officials are hoping for the weather to cooperate. If not, they have several back-up plans in place in the event of wet or threatening conditions, including shortening the length of the event or possibly moving to another venue.

Erica Aguiar is the daughter of Rick and Brenda Aguiar.

She earned the honor of valedictorian based on her overall 4.35 grade point average. Her effort was the product of hard work and taking on the academic challenges of the past four years.

“I saw it as the guidelines of getting to a four-year college,” Aguiar said.

As a result, she will be attending Long Beach State in the fall with her sights set on studying kinesiology.

“I’m hoping to become a physical therapist and (kinesiology) would help,” said Aguiar.

Her activities included soccer (East Union girls’ varsity soccer and Manteca Area Soccer League), the Aquatics Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Modesto Baptist Youth Group, to name a few.

She was also recognized for perfect attendance and honored as Lancer of the Month and Knight of the Day.

Katie Vaught is the daughter of Don and Aecha Vaught.

She recently decided to attend UCLA, with plans of getting an early start.

“I’m hoping to take up a job this summer,” said Vaught, who is scheduled to depart to Southern California on June 13.

As for her major, she’s still undecided but leaning towards business.

Vaught played on the Lady Lancers’ golf team and was involved in Friday Night Live, the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission, and the sixth-man East Union Red Sea.

During the years, she served as the Sunshine Kids’ national spokesperson, Students in Prevention (a drug peer educator and outreach), and was the poster child of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

Vaught also did volunteer work, helping out at the Manteca Senior Center and Camp Okizu.

She and Aguiar are all set on their graduation speeches.

“All I can say is my speech is longer than Katie’s,” said Erica Aguiar, who is looking forward to her family reunion in Minnesota this summer.

Added Vaught: “I think (Erica) will be saying the things I don’t have the patience to say.”