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Masroor is Lathrop High valedictorian
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Photo by Wayne Thallander From left, valedictorian Shabnam Masroor and salutatorian Kimberley Auman will lead Lathrop High’s Class of 2022 at the commencement exercises Friday evening in the stadium.

One graduation, one shared memory.

Lathrop High’s valedictorian Shabnam Masroor and salutatorian Kimberley Auman are thrilled with the return to the traditional setting.

They’ll savor that moment with classmates along with family, friends and special guests on Friday evening at Bennie Gatto Field at Paul Wiggins Stadium, beginning at 6 o’clock.

“What a relief,” said Auman, who will only give one graduation speech unlike that of the previous year when the school held two commencement ceremonies in an effort to limit the attendance numbers amid the pandemic.

Masroor is also looking forward to this special day.

She’s the daughter of Hanzhao Meng and Shekib Masroor.

Her plan for now is to attend UC Davis – although UCLA is still an option – to study Sociology.

As far as long-range goals, Masroor, who had a GPA in the 4.2s, is considering possibly going into teaching or becoming a college professor.

She’s been active in band at LHS, playing three musical instruments – bassoon, flute and piccolo – while making the Honor Band during all four years. Masroor earned County and District honors in band and performs in the Manteca Area Community Band.

During distance learning, she loaded up her class schedule with AP courses, crediting that for helping her become valedictorian for the Class of 2022.

Masroor and Auman learned last month at a school rally that they were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in their class, academically.

Auman was surprised at being named salutatorian.

“I didn’t expect that – it was never a goal (to be salutatorian),” she said.

Kimberley Auman is the daughter of Willogen and Noli Auman.

She, too, had a GPA in 4.2s, having transferred to Lathrop High during her sophomore year from Weston Ranch High – prior to that, she lived in Florida.

Auman’s plan after graduation is to go to Delta College and study Nursing. She mentioned that there’s still a chance she may attend UC Irvine in the fall.

At LHS, she was involved in Choir and Chess Club.

“I also did some random volunteer work,” Auman added.