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Weston Ranch top grad heading next to UCLA
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Kiran Preet, who was recently announced as the Weston Ranch High valedictorian, enjoys her final days at the school. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

It’s hard to believe that Kiran Preet was once a shy person.

Part of what got her past that was starting up PAWS – an acronym for Protecting Animals With Students – at Weston Ranch High as a junior.

Preet, who is the daughter of Gurinder Bola and Daleep Kaur, was further helped out by getting involved in the Leadership program coupled with Key Club, Link Crew, MEChA, and California Scholastic Federation.

She also played soccer during her four years at the Manteca Unified campus.

The once shy person is now looking to addressing her classmates, teachers, faculty, family and friends at Friday’s commencement exercises at Cougars Stadium.

As the top academic student at the school, Preet tallied a 4.3 grade point average to earn valedictorian honors.

“I worked so hard,” she said Wednesday after finishing up two of her finals.

Preet was looking to finish off strong with her academics despite securing the top spot among her graduating class of about 255.

She’ll soon be attending UCLA, leaning towards majoring in Biology. “I’d like to work in the medical field,” Preet said.

Weston Ranch traditionally holds off on announcing the top academic honors, but Preet appeared secure with her standings.

She also enjoyed her time at the school and was proud of her legacy.

“I’ve always liked animals but noticed we didn’t have a club for that,” said Preet, who took it upon herself to start up PAWS

She was worried about membership. However, those fears were put to rest as an estimated 20 members supported the club.

PAWS will continue at WRHS as Preet moves on to college.

She opted for UCLA despite being offered a full-ride scholarship to UC Riverside.

“UCLA has always been my dream school. I didn’t want any regrets (on my choice),” Preet said.