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Lathrop High honors 700+ for academics
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Sebastian Manrique waits for his name to be called by counselor Linda Dodge. He received a medal for achieving Gold at Fridays Respect the S.H.I.E.L.D. academic rally at Lathrop High. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

Well over 700 students at Lathrop High were honored Friday during the Respect the S.H.I.E.L.D. academic rally held in the large gym.
Assistant Principal Martha Dent had the honors of announcing Chad Hoang and Marissa Briseno as the top of class for this year’s graduating students.
Hoang will serve as valedictorian while Briseno is the salutatorian for the Class of 2018.
As for those honored, 166 students earned Gold status, achieving a 4.0 grade point average or better. They each received medals and other goodies made possible by the Respect the S.H.I.E.L.D. donors.
Another 320 achieved Silver (3.99 to 3.50 GPA) while 283 made Onyx (3.49 to 3.0 GPA), according to Principal Greg Leland.
The event also included performances by the LHS band and advanced choir along with the Ballet Folklorico Troupe doing traditional dance moves.
Gold Shield winners consisted of two students and two staff members at the school. Teacher Irene Munguia and custodian earned the latter while Jessika McCuaig and France Ruma were the student recipients.
Vice Principal Bill Pinol mentioned that 94 students at the school had perfect attendance while Athletic Director Chuck Selna noted that the Lathrop High girls basketball team had an overall school-best 3.48 GPA.
Included here were six players from coach Dwayne Davis’ Valley Oak League-championship squad maintaining a 4.0 GPA or better and four being named VOL Scholars.
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