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Event celebrates academic achievers
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Dominic Alejandre and Jake Vasquez were Michael Jackson performers at the academic event. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin
They’re the “epitome of academic excellence” at Sierra High.

So says Principal Susan Pearson in recognition of 79 students boasting 4.0 grade point averages or better at the Fall Lobo Gold Rally Friday.

For their efforts, they’ll have a chance to waiver one end-of-the-term final exam.

The 16th annual event was held inside the large gymnasium, with 651 students receiving a packet in their third-period class equipped with gift certificates and office supplies. Some were awarded gift cards and prizes.

The Lobo Gold Rally was made possible by the generous support of local businesses, community members, service organizations, and parents, to name a few.

“We’re extremely grateful for our sponsors,” Pearson said.

As always, the assembly included plenty of entertainment. Students did skits, lampooning the likes of Eminem, Justin Bieber, and Will Smith & Carlton Banks from the sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The “Groove Bots” served as the opening act. Included were members of the school’s Jazz Combo – Robert Bassett, Levi McHenry, Mark Twomey, and Ryan Silviera – sporting metallic skin paint, moving robotically while playing ’70s R&B.

Not to be outdone, Dominic Alejandre, Jake Vasquez, Aman Falol, and foreign language instructor Tony Pacheco, who also did a dance with Lilli Gonzalez, were Michael Jackson performers, borrowing moves made famous by the King of Pop.

Students at the Lobo Gold event were those who combined their academic achievement with good citizenship. Included were 263 earning Lobo Blue (3.35 GPA and better) and 309 claiming Lobo Blue (2.25 GPA and better).

In addition, Pearson praised the school for raising the Academic Performance Index in the state Department of Education’s Standardized Testing and Reporting.

Sierra raised its API from 746 to 750.

Students also received recognition for achieving perfect 450 scores in the California High School Exit Exam.