WESTON RANCH – Itsui Yamagoshi will no doubt be one of the most decorated students at Thursday’s commencement exercises at Weston Ranch High.
His robe on graduation will be adorn with honor cords in math, science, social studies, and foreign language (Spanish) not to mention a California Scholastic Federation sash earned for five straight semesters of academic excellence.
Many on campus had long assumed that Yamagoshi would be valedictorian.
He earned that honor by achieving a 4.39 grade point average.
The son of Shunka and Mamoru Yamagoshi, Itsui Yamagoshi will address an estimated 234 graduating classmates at Cougar Stadium.
As of Friday, he was still unsure of his parting words to the Class of 2011.
Yamagoshi will attend UCLA in the fall and is leaning towards pursuing mechanical engineering as his major.
He was involved in plenty of volunteer work and was active in Key Club, Go Green, Friday Night Live, the debate team and, during his junior year, the tennis team.
Meanwhile, Thomas Medeiros was surprised at his selection as salutatorian.
He’s the son of Cathy and Mark Medeiros.
Thomas Medeiros will be staying closer to home, attending the University of the Pacific with plans to major in computer engineering.
He had a 4.2 GPA and was involved in band, drum line, golf, and music. Medeiros, in addition, earned all-County Jazz band honors.
He has a rough draft in his mind on his salutatorian speech.
“I’m thinking about focusing on where we, as a class, might be going and the challenges ahead,” Medeiros said.
What will he miss most about school?
“Enjoying lunch with my friends,” Medeiros said.
Graduation will begin at 7 p.m.