Anthony Sausedo can’t be in two places at one time.
He’s opting for the next best thing.
On Friday evening, the Ripon High valedictorian will actually be at Buchanan High in Clovis – a little over 100 miles away from his graduation ceremony at Stouffer Field.
“I’ve prepared my (graduation) speech on video,” said Sausedo, who will be running in the 300 hurdles, representing the Indians in the CIF State Track & Field meet.
Avery Redula will be there to lead the Class of 2022. She’s the salutatorian.
She and Saucedo earned top academic honors with 4.4 GPAs.
Redula, who is the daughter of Julie and Ludovico Redula, was involved in tennis, leadership, CSF, Link Crew, Environmental Advocacy and was an officer in both Girls League and Speech & Debate.
She’ll be attending UC Davis in the fall with plans to major in English. Redula is leaning towards becoming an attorney.
Saucedo’s parents – Kate and Keith Sausedo – attended UC Davis.
He’ll be going to Stanford University to study Mechanical Engineering.
In addition to track & field, Anthony Sausedo also played basketball for the Indians. He, too, was involved in Leadership, Speech & Debate, Environmental Advocacy, Link Crew and CSF.
Sausedo and Redula will miss seeing the many friends from over the years, having both attended elementary school at Park View.
“I have friends that I’ve known since we were 5 years old,” said Sausedo, who plans to meet up with his classmates after the state meet for the all-night Sober Graduation.