With the days dwindling down, Nicole Arteaga and Anis Guedoir are preparing for their one last task at Sierra High.
Arteaga is the valedictorian, earning that honor thanks to her 4.20 grade point average.
She and Guedoir, who is the salutatorian based on his 4.17 GPA, will address classmates, teachers, staff, family members and friends on Thursday, May 28, during the 7 p.m. commencement exercises at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
“I’m really not looking forward to doing it,” said Arteaga, who is the daughter of Lisa and Jose Arteaga.
On the other hand, Guedoir is eager to talk to the Class of 2015, in particular, the experiences they’ve shared together over the years.
“We’ll follow different paths (after graduation) but the point is we’re all starting from the same point,” he said.
Guedoir, who was also named the Bulletin’s Midfielder of the Year in prep soccer, is the son of Nadia and Sami Guedoir.
He played all four years at the varsity level in soccer, playing alongside his brother Amir, who was a senior back when Anis was a freshman.
He’ll join his brother again this fall but this time at the University of California, Berkeley.
Guedoir’s major is currently undeclared but he’s looking to get into the medical field.
Arteaga is going to UC Davis, where she’ll major in Environmental Toxicology. She’s looking to get into veterinarian school, further down the road.
Arteaga has an artistic side, having done art classes during her years at Sierra. She was a member of the Art Club as well as the Sign Language Club.
“Art and science go hand in hand,” she said. “I’m looking to minor in Art (at Davis),”
At the recent District Art Show, Arteaga’s took home a first-place ribbon with her Mixed Media project.
As for being valedictorian, she was thrilled to receive that top honor. “I knew from my counselor that it was within my realm,” said Arteaga, who was also looking at Washington State on her list of colleges.
Guedoir was accepted to Davis and was on the waiting list for UCLA. But Cal has always been his first choice.
In addition, he was involved in Link Crew, the Muslim Students Association, and served as president for California, Scholastic Federation.