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Waters leads Class of 2014
She follows on heels of sister as Ripon High valedictorian
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Abigail Waters, who is the daughter of Kirk and Shelly Waters, earned valedictorian honors for the Ripon High Class of 2014. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Abigail Waters is looking forward to becoming EMT-certified this summer.

Never mind that her father is City of Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters, who knows a thing or two about training and certification of emergency medical technicians.

Her mother is Shelly Waters.

With a school-best 4.3 grade point average, Abigail Waters was selected valedictorian for the Ripon High Class of 2014. Her sister Ruth Waters held the same honor a year ago.

After graduation – the RHS annual commencement exercises are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Stouffer Field – the younger Waters will likely stand alone. She’ll attend UCLA in the fall, majoring in Biology.

“I’m planning on going to med school,” Waters revealed.

She’ll get the financial backing in the form of a $10,000 merit scholarship from UCLA for the next four years coupled with $3,000 from the Ripon Soroptimist and $2,000 from her grandparent’s Model-A Club.

Waters earned that and more thanks to her numerous endeavors.

She played basketball and ran track – Waters did the long jump and triple jump for the past three years and tried her hand at the pole vault and ran the 100 meter  ints – for the Indians.

She served as ASB vice president, California Scholastic Federation president, and Rally Commissioner and Link Crew leader.

Waters did a plenty of volunteer work, too, including the Boys & Girls Clubs, Second Harvest Food Bank, Rina’s Run, RHS Sober Grad, and, of course, the Manteca Fire Department.

She’s looking forward to seeing her sister Ruth, who will be home for about a month after finishing up her first year at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. Her older sister is there on a full-ride basketball scholarship.

“I was hoping to get a job for the summer but now I don’t know,” said Abigail Waters, who promises to be busy by driving her siblings around town.

She’ll miss going to the high school football games not to mention the rallies.

Waters, meanwhile, appeared somewhat relieved that, for the first time in a long time, she won’t have AP work or camps, clinics and sports to worry about this summer.