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Garcha leads Lathrop High Class of 2019
Lathrop High Class of 2019
From left, William Smith (salutatorian), Mandeep Garcha (valedictorian) and Karnjit Singh (salutatorian) will lead the Lathrop High Class of 2019 at the commencement exercises on May 30.

Mandeep Garcha, Karnjit Singh and William Smith weren’t exactly sure how they ranked academically at Lathrop High.

That wasn’t until recently when the announcement came through that they finished in the top three for the Class of 2019.

Garcha led the way with a 4.35 grade point average, earning her valedictorian.

Singh and Smith both had a 4.3 GPA.  

All three will have the honors of addressing the senior class consisting of over 300 at Bennie Gatto Field during the 7 p.m. commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 30.

 Smith, who is the son of Carol and Bill Smith, is looking forward thanking his teachers while wishing the best of classmates on their future endeavors.

 As for his plans, Smith is enlisting in the Navy, where he’s looking to Aerospace Engineering.

During his years at Lathrop High, he was involved in soccer – he also worked as a referee in the sport – and Relay for Life.

Singh will attend UC Davis, where he’s looking at Managerial Economics as his major.

 He’s the son of Jamial and Dilrat Singh.

 At graduation, Karnjit Singh, who was active in Interact and CSF, will talk about “how far we’ve come to get to this point.”

 Garcha said her graduation speech will be a reflection of the past years and what’s ahead.

 Her plans call for going to UCLA’s School of Nursing.

 At Lathrop High, Garcha was president of the College-Bound Club.

 In addition, she took joy in volunteering her time at the local hospital and was active in the City of Lathrop’s Youth Advisory Committee.