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Sierra High rally honors top academic achievers
Sierra Highs Lobo Gold students wait their turn to receive their medals on Thursday. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Nicole England and Francis Scherry are the epitome of Lobo Gold.

That’s according to Sierra High Principal Steve Clark, who announced the two as the top academic students at the spring assembly Thursday honoring academic achievement and citizenship.

“For four years they’ve been the epitome of (academic) excellence,” he said at the 29th bi-annual event held inside the SHS gymnasium.

England earned valedictorian – the top academic honor – with a 4.35 grade point average. Scherry, who had an impressive 4.28 GPA, is salutatorian.

Both are scheduled to give a speech at the 2012 commencement exercises. They’ll also receive a plaque and medallion for their accomplishment, Clark said.

Over 700 students were recognized at the Spring Lobo Gold Rally. England and Scherry were among the 132 Lobo Gold recipients.

This top tier group had 4.0 GPAs or better while balancing school work with their extracurricular activities.

Those earning Lobo Silver had 3.25 GPAs or better while Lobo Blue recipients had 2.25 GPAs or better. In both cases, citizenship mattered.

Laney Ribota and Jacob Vaughn served as hosts for the “Nickelodeon Rewind” theme for the event. They did so in roles of Amanda Bynes and Totally Kyle, respectively, from “The Amanda Show” that aired from 1999 to 2002.

English teacher Justin Minteer and Josh Anderson performed the “F.U.N. Song” from Sponge Bob Square Pants cartoon. Minteer played Sponge Bob while Anderson was Patrick Star.

Isaiah Stevens and Justin Patton did the Lobo Blue skit as Kenan and Kel from the Nickelodeon show of the late 1990s.

Other performances included students doing takeoffs of the Spice Girls, N’Sync, and Brittany Spears.

“We grew up and related to Nickelodeon TV,” Ribota said.

In addition, Emma Hunter, Simon McHenry and Annie Banks played guitars and ukuleles while Julian Semenza did a yo-yo demonstration to song.