Three high school seniors from Ripon High, Ripon Christian and the California Connections Academy were lauded as Ripon Youth Citizens of the Year for their various accomplishments during the Ripon Chamber of Commerce awards dinner.
The honored students were Seneca Rubianes of Ripon High, Paige Vos of Ripon Christian, and Tatum Quinnlyn Osborne of the California Connections Academy.
Rubianes has been commended by administrators and teachers alike for being a teen of high integrity who is kind creative, compassionate and a person of her word, engaging in leadership, sports, clubs, activities, music and community service.
She has been active in the JROTC exhibition and regular drill teams, having competed in the national competition in Daytona, Florida. She has been celebrated for being in the top 10 percent of her academic class demonstrating outstanding qualities and leadership in the Ripon JROTC battalion.
She also performs in the Modesto Covenant Church Hand Bell Choir and volunteers as a Bible school counselor and is an active member of the RHS United Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has played violin since the fourth grade, receiving the California Music Educators Association Superior Certifications for soloist and ensemble violin pieces and was awarded a Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra Scholarship to perform in the orchestra. She was also credited with the Condoleezza Rice Excellence in Music Violin Award.
In sports she played volleyball, softball, community soccer, and ran track and field where she competed in pole vault, 100 m hurdles, long jump, triple jump and high jump, earning first in Trans Valley League and third in Division IV and V Sections for pole vaulting and third in TVL hurdles competition.
Vos was named the Ripon Christian High School’s Ripon Youth Citizen of the Year with the administration citing her as a “huge asset to Ripon Christian and to the community as a whole.”
“She has been an integral part in the leadership programs at Ripon Christian during her four years and was essential to he planning and execution of student activities,” her principal wrote in her nomination papers.
Vos is said to be a valuable member of two athletic teams, as well during the past year where she garnered awards from that of Most Valuable Player and as first team All-Conference while holding down a 3.7 grade point average.
In addition to her achievements at school, Vos was also an active participant in her church and youth programs, volunteering her time to serve both in and outside of her community.
Osborne was named the California Connection Academy’s Ripon Youth Citizen of the Year, having been on the honor roll for four years and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) for the past three years.
Osborne has been a Merit and Achievement Scholarship recipient from the School of the Art Institute and the Savannah College of Art and Design Rising Star Program. She was selected to attend the NSHSS National Youth Correspondence for California in 2017.
Continuing her education during the summer, she has attended West Valley College and in 2017 Brown University Pre-College Program, Segovia, Spain and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Early College Program.
Some of her extracurricular activities include writing and directing and producing “Consent” a public service announcement. She has also been an equestrian rider for four years and has spent four years as a ballet dancer, two years playing piano and taking voice lessons. Osborne has also enjoyed traveling to Europe during the summers of 2011, 2016 and 2017.
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