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Be yourself and have fun in high school
Great Valley, Komure conduct graduations
Great Valley School graduates, from left, Bella Maria, Jonathan Appaigei, Perla Reyes, and Alessandra Stroh pose for photos for friends after Wednesday’s ceremonies. - photo by HIME ROMERO
WESTON RANCH – Mark McCuin, who was one of four salutatorians at George Komure School’s eighth-grade promotion event on Wednesday, greatly respects his teachers and others.

It’s with that he said to his 98 classmates to “be yourself and have fun in high school.”

McCuin noted that listening, paying attention, and respecting his teachers were key ingredients to his academic success at Komure.
He along with fellow salutatorians Celia Chen, Paavendeep Kinda, and Chelsea Olitan shared the academic spotlight with 12 valedictorians.

Included were Adrian Andrade, Candisse Griffin, Santiago Rivas, Parmeen Kaur, Bryan Miranda, Patrick Orpilla, Sheryl Ann Padre, David Rodriguez, Susana Serrano, Lorenzo Sison, Tammy Tran, and Itsugo Yamayoshi.

Komure’s annual promotion ceremony, according to Olitan, put this group “one step closer to the real world,” with most of the students going on to Weston Ranch High in the fall.

Each student at one time had a common goal, said Orpilla, who was also class president, of being promoted to high school.

“We achieved that goal today,” he added.

At Great Valley, Principal Sonya Arellano honored some 135 eighth-grade students in record time.

The promotion ceremony took 35 minutes, with Arellano presenting the academic awards and Vice Principal Patricia Boutte distributing the gold cords.

Among the distinguished scholars were Jonathan Appiagyei, Abigail Balingit, Morgan Ducker, Lenique Glover, Keyarea Jones, Savreet Kaur, Harrison Manasca, Stephanie Millan, Jonelle Mungcal, Richard Pham, Guadalupe Rocha, Sukhmanpreet Singh, and Daniel Tapia.

Other awards went to Millan and Singh receiving Character Counts honors; Ducker and Alexcia Sanchez for student leadership; and Aolani Etu and Lucky Tango as scholar athletes.

For Arellano, the promotion event was her last at Great Valley.

After four years at the school, she will be moving on to Lincoln School for a similar position, with Boutte taking over as the Great Valley principal.