High School Honor Roll: Top Students

Bishop Garcia-Diego: Salutatorian Luke Speier (left) and valedictorian Trevor Taimuty.

On this page, The Tidings presents a list of Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, including the class valedictorians and salutatorians. For more photos of some of these students, see pages 14, 15 and 18. (Editor’s Note: Some schools accord comparable honors under different titles; others confer no such honors.)

 

SANTA BARBARA REGION

Bishop Garcia Diego HS, Santa Barbara (co-ed): 72 graduates on June 7. Valedictorian: Trevor Taimuty. Salutatorian: Luke Speier.

La Reina HS, Thousand Oaks (girls): 87 graduates on May 23. Valedictorians: Ryanne Bamieh and Jennifer Bitterly. Salutatorian: Olivia Aulicino and Melissa Yu.

St. Augustine Academy, Ventura (co-ed): 15 graduates on May 24. Valedictorian: Paige Plander. Salutatorian: Josefina Zinkewich.

St. Bonaventure HS, Ventura (co-ed): 120 graduates on May 31. Valedictorians: Nathaniel Medina, Michael Pfaff. Salutatorians: Michael Frank, Lukas Poteracke.

St. Joseph HS, Santa Maria (co-ed): 112 graduates on May 25. Valedictorian: Marie Aguinaldo. Salutatorian: Sajni Patel.

Santa Clara HS, Oxnard       (co-ed): 258 graduates on May 24. Valedictorian: Leopoldo Albea. Salutatorian: Angela Escobedo.

Villanova Preparatory, Ojai (co-ed): 63 graduates on May 24. Valedictorian: Liliana Ascension Torres. Salutatorian: Naomi Kathryn Lu.

 

SAN FERNANDO REGION

Bishop Alemany HS, Mission Hills (co-ed): 399 graduates on June 7. Valedictorians: Barrett Dryden and Theodore Papenthien. 

Bellarmine-Jefferson HS, Burbank (co-ed): 49 graduates on May 24. Valedictorian: Kara Mae Santos. Salutatorians: Christian Barrera and Colbert Orta.

Chaminade College Preparatory, West Hills (co-ed): 305 graduates on May 31. Valedictorian: Jacob Stark. Salutatorian: Angela David.

Crespi Carmelite HS, Encino (boys): 132 graduates on May 23. Valedictorian: Hayden Sand. Salutatorian: Anthony Martinez.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La Canada (girls): 109 graduates on June 1. Valedictorians: Juliana Smith, Haley Vanderford. Salutatorian: Claire Stoffers.

Holy Family HS, Glendale (girls): 60 graduates on May 23. Valedictorian: Alexis Gutierrez. Salutatorians: Mayra Villa and Michelle Viado.

Louisville HS, Woodland Hills (girls): 116 graduates on May 24. No Valedictorian or Salutatorian; Mother Mary Ronan McDonnell, S.S.L. Award: Jill Gaines.

Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks (co-ed): 266 graduates on May 24. Valedictorian: Delaney Lepak. Holy Cross Woman & Man of the Year: Sarah Bush and Matthew Allegretti.

Paraclete HS, Lancaster (co-ed): 153 graduates on May 22. Numerous Valedictorians.

Providence HS, Burbank (co-ed): 80 graduates on June 6. Valedictorian: Maryanne Christine Amour. Salutatorian: Danielle Taylor Dominguez.

St. Francis HS, La Canada (boys): 164 graduates on May 24. Valedictorian: Michael Ashforth Dimen.

St. Genevieve HS, Panorama City (co-ed): 141 graduates on May 9. Valedictorian: Joann Atienza. Salutatorian: Jeremy Tayag.

 

SAN GABRIEL REGION

Alverno HS, Sierra Madre (girls): 35 graduates on June 6. Valedictorian: Karmah Eldesouky. Salutatorians: Madison Luna and Maeve McLiam.

Bishop Amat HS, La Puente (co-ed): 293 graduates on May 23. Valedictorian: Matthew Zahn. Salutatorian: Joseph Quinones.

Bishop Mora Salesian HS, Boyle Heights (boys): 112 graduates on May 23. Valedictorian: Daniel Perez. Salutatorian: Victor Ventura.

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary HS, Montebello (co-ed): 164 graduates on May 29. Valedictorian: Olympia Miranda. Salutatorian: Briana Mercuri.

Damien HS, La Verne (boys): 210 graduates on May 24. Valedictorian: Damian Balla, Carlo Rene Casalme, John Garza, David Goodfellow, Erik Hodges, Erik Leggio, Collin Mostoufi, Michael Murphy and Jarele Soyinka.

Don Bosco Technical Institute, Rosemead (boys): 78 graduates on June 6. Valedictorian: Patrick Williams. Salutatorian: Diego Arias.

La Salle HS, Pasadena (co-ed): 168 graduates on May 23. General Excellence Awards: Marisol Dakan, Benjamin Dalgarn and Yurika Wantanabe.

Mayfield Senior School, Pasadena (girls): 68 graduates on June 8. Cornelia Connelly Award: Cadence Stark. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Pike Award: Courtney Kelly.

Pomona Catholic HS, Pomona (girls): 53 graduates on May 21. Valedictorian: Yesenia Perez. Salutatorian: Ashley Visco.

Ramona Convent Secondary School, Alhambra (girls): 65 graduates on May 24. Salutatorian: Ellen Rose Urtecho.

Sacred Heart HS, Lincoln Heights (girls): 54 graduates on May 30. Valedictorian: Geraldine Carreon. Salutatorian: Alejandra Gonzalez.

St. Lucy's Priory HS, Glendora (girls): 150 graduates on May 25. No Valedictorian or Salutatorian; Erin Turley was ranked first in her class and Jacqueline Lopez second.

St. Monica Academy, Pasadena (co-ed): 19 graduates on June 12. Valedictorian: Gabriel Johnson. Salutatorian: Thomas Boles.

San Gabriel Mission HS, San Gabriel (girls): 49 graduates on May 30. Valedictorian: Hannah Nava-Holstein. Salutatorian: Natalie Solis.

 

OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS REGION

Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto HS, Los Angeles (girls): 77 graduates on May 30. Valedictorian: Mariana Ortega. Salutatorian: Deisy Rodriguez.

Cathedral HS, Los Angeles (boys): 175 graduates on May 24. Valedictorian: Matthew Nuesca. Salutatorian: Paolo Joaquin, Alberto Colin, Tristan Hom, Joseph Lacson.

Immaculate Heart HS, Hollywood (girls): 122 graduates on June 3. Distinguished Scholar: Colette Toal.

Loyola HS, Los Angeles (boys): 331 graduates on June 7. Valedictorian: Justin Marc Hopkins. Salutatorian: John Patrick Kenney.

Marymount HS, Westwood (girls): 82 graduates on May 23. Senior Speaker/Les Anges Award: Alejandra Rosas Tafolla.

Notre Dame Academy, West Los Angeles (girls): 93 graduates on May 31. Valedictorian: Meaghan Truman. Salutatorian: Karen Garcia.

St. Bernard HS, Playa del Rey (co-ed): 69 graduates on May 30. Valedictorian: Gabriel Biren. Salutatorian: Rebecca Perez.

St. Mary's Academy, Inglewood (girls): 65 graduates on June 14. Valedictorian: Jessel Cruz. Salutatorian: Neyat Tefery.

St. Monica HS, Santa Monica (co-ed): 111 graduates on May 29. Valedictorian: Danielle Partyka. Salutatorian: Cesar Magallanes.

Verbum Dei HS, Watts (boys): 60 graduates on June 12. Valedictorian: Brandon Williams. Salutatorian: Brian Martinez.

 

SAN PEDRO REGION

Bishop Montgomery HS, Torrance (co-ed): 237 graduates on May 30. Valedictorians: Adam Balderas, Caitlyn Cho, Sarah Dargen, Marc Gehrig (Valedictory Speaker), Allison Henry, Dianna Kim, Matthew Kurata, Stephanie Li, Shannon Martin, Taylor Mercado, Kylie Prentice, Rachael Quast, Eric Robinson, Alexandra Ruiloba, Michael Seo, Katelyn Taira, Alyssa Tassone, Claire Thatcher. Salutatorian: Madison Miller.

Junipero Serra HS, Gardena (co-ed): 133 graduates on June 6. Valedictorian: Skyler Smith. Salutatorian: Isaiah Copeland.

Mary Star of the Sea HS, San Pedro (co-ed): 125 graduates on May 30. Valedictorian: Jordan Dickson and Brigitta Szeibert. Salutatorian: Christina Padilla.

St. Anthony HS, Long Beach (co-ed): 111 graduates on May 31. Valedictorian: Jamey Gallegos. Salutatorian: Kimberly Juarez.

St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower (boys): 162 graduates on May 24. Valedictorian: Andrew Schaeffer.

St. Joseph HS, Lakewood (girls): 172 graduates on May 30. Valedictorian: Rachel Udabe. Salutatorian: Kala Kopecek. Salutatorian of Distinction: Michele Pennala.

St. Paul HS, Santa Fe Springs (co-ed): 129 graduates on June 1. Valedictorian: Karen Shen. Salutatorian: Julian Olea.

St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy, Downey (co-ed): 43 graduates on May 30. Valedictorian: Jazmin Aguilar-Romero. Salutatorian: Alondra Rodriguez.


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