BALDWIN PARK – Baldwin Park High School celebrated the graduation of 433 seniors during an evening ceremony that featured remarks by salutatorian Sharon Wen Tran, valedictorian Ann Mariel Bautista Pacada and Principal Anthony Ippolito.
Pacada, who earned a GPA of 4.667, will attend Brown University. Tran, who earned a 4.652 GPA, will study at Stanford.
The event included recognition of students who earned California Seals of Biliteracy, which indicate fluency in at least two languages.
In addition, 25 students received $72,750 in local and community-generated scholarships and grants for their colleague endeavors:
- Baldwin Park Parent Advisory Scholarship: Brianna Garcia; Chunxiu Lao; Cristina Moreno; Jasmine Najarro; Liliana Orozco; Jonathan Rivera; Cristina Ruiz.
- Baldwin Park Sister City Scholarship: Jennifer Aguilar; Jonathan Frias; Leslie Lona; Fabiola Lopez; Yuritzy Paredes; Liliana Orozco; Rocio Vasquez; Samaria Vergara.
- Baldwin Park Women's Club Liberal Arts Scholarship: Hellen Jimenez.
- Baldwin Park Richard Carrillo Perez Scholarship: William Hou; Sharon Tran.
- Baldwin Park Education Association: Karla De Loera.
- Baldwin Park Organization of Supervisors and Administrators: Liliana Orozco.
- CSEA Scholarship: Maria Peraza.
- Dell Scholars Program Scholarship: Liliana Orozco.
- LUCHA Oscar Gomez Scholarship: Karla De Leon. Fabiola Lopez; Maria Peraza.
- Mark Daniel Flores Music Scholarship: Damaris Garcia.
- Mt. SAC Scholarship: Samaria Vergara; Bryan Moran; Crystal Santiago Gomez.
- Waste Management Scholarship: Jonathan Frias; Hellen Jimenez.
- West Covina Kiwanis Club: Shwe Nemyo.
The school also recognized students as members of its 2000 Club, for performance in its STEAM Academy and VITAL Academy, U.S. Marines and Valle Vista 5 Athletic Awards, which recognize the top five athletes from each high school in the Valle Vista league:
- 2000 Club: Jesus Aguilar; Jorge Aparicio; William Hou; Fabiola Lopez; Ann Mariel Pacada; Sharon Tran; Wendy Wong; Tiffany Yu.
- STEAM Academy: Geri Lara; Marvin Serrano; Helene Pistaffa.
- U.S. Marines: Matthew Estacio; Nicholas Valenzuela; Ryan Villagonzalo.
- Valle Vista 5 Athletic Award: Kathy Arroyo; Jose Melchor; Jennifer Aguilar; Alexis Munoz; Luis Flores.
- Valle County Water Internship: Shwe Nemyo.
- VITAL Academy: Jasmine Mata; Jesus Aguilar; Isabela Calderon; Mark Ambriz; Brianna Garcia.
BPUSD_BPHS_GRAD_1-2: Baldwin Park High School students celebrate their graduation during a ceremony that included speeches by the class valedictorian, salutatorian and Principal Anthony Ippolito.