Mauricio Torres is enjoying his final days at Lathrop High.
As Associated Student Body president, he’s greeted daily by classmates, teacher, administrators and staff while making his way around campus.
“I think what I’ll miss most is the Leadership classes and the community atmosphere,” said Torres, who will do a co-president speech at the Thursday, May 28, commencement exercises.
Joining him on the dais will be Namrta Gill, who is the senior class president along with one of three co-valedictorians for the Class of 2015.
The announcement was made at last month’s Spartan GREATS rally.
She along with Manpreet Singh and Melonie Vaughn each had identical 4.25 grade point averages.
Gill is heading to UCLA in the fall to study Neurology.
For Singh, it’s UC Davis to major in Biological Sciences at UC Davis.
Vaughn will be in the Ivy League, going to Harvard with plans to major in Biological Engineering.
Torres is going to Sacramento State to study Civil Engineering. With three younger brothers, he thought it would be convenient for the family if he stayed closer to home for college.
His role as ASB president was to oversee Leadership. “We would run the class which included the lesson plans for the week,” said Torres.
Leadership would handle the various activities throughout the school year, including homecoming and the talent show.
Torres recently had a chance to sit in on a couple of the meetings for the planning of graduation.
“We did suggest making a few changes,” he said. “Still, we kept it with (LHS) tradition.”
Torres, in addition, played tennis for the Spartans while maintaining his part-time job in retail. He’s co-chair for the Lathrop Youth Advisory Commission, secretary for Hispanic Youth Leadership, and treasurer for Friday Night Live.
Torres is looking forward to graduation.
“At the same time, I know it will be bittersweet,” he added.