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Ball, Amaya, Ngo leading Lancers Class of 2019
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VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin From left, Justin Ngo, Valeria Amaya and Kelly Ball, as the top academic students, will lead the way during the May 31 East Union High graduation ceremonies.

Kelly Ball, Valeria Amaya and Dustin Ngo will lead the East Union High Class of 2019 at the annual commencement exercises at Dino Cunial Field on Friday, May 31.

The three graduating seniors earned that honor by excelling in the classroom.

Ball, who is the daughter of Jane Acoba and Robert Ball, edged out her two friends in being selected valedictorian.

She has a 4.35 grade point average. Amaya and Ngo are co-salutatorians with their identical 4.3 GPAs.

All three are looking forward to their special day.

“I know it will be emotional,” said Ball, who is looking to echo just that in her valedictorian speech.

Ditto that for Amaya and Ngo, who will also address their classmates as salutatorians.

Valeria Amaya is the daughter of Claudia and Rafael Amaya. She, along with Ball and Ngo, were involved in Kiwins, which is a local service organization of the Kiwanis Club International family.

This past year, they helped raise $3,000, selling Boba tea at the football games, for Raley’s Food for Families program – those funds matched by Raley’s, ending up to nearly $18,000 altogether while helping struggling families put food on the table during the holidays.

Amaya will be attending the University of California, Irvine, majoring in Engineering.

Ngo, who is the son of Derek and Loan Ngo, will be going to Cornell University, a prestigious Ivy League school in New York. He’s planning to study Computer Science.

During his four years at East Union, he was involved in JROTC, tennis, choir and the Science Olympiad.

Ball is bound for UC Berkeley, where she’ll study Chemical Engineering.

She was president of Kiwins and was also active in band, cross country and swimming in her time at East Union.