There are not many things I dislike doing more than defrosting refrigerators or cleaning drawers. My sister, Louise, shares these feelings. She thought she would start out cleaning the small drawer of the end table near her favorite spot on the sofa.
Since she knows I like reading old newspapers and such, she put them in a large baggie and brought them to me.
I will list the names of the top seniors of 1994, starting with Brawley Union High School valedictorian Marissa Vasquez and salutatorian Sara Kalin. The high school enjoyed many successes this year, including a second consecutive victory in the Bell Game against the rival CUHS Spartans.
Calexico Mission Academy’s top seniors were Georgina Torres and Victor M. Gorosave. When asked which experience, in school or otherwise, would be the most beneficial in his future, Edgardo Castro said: “My religion classes the last four years helped discipline me. Playing sports has helped me become responsible.”
Calexico High School’s top students were Rosalie Rendon and Manuela Farrell. Senior Tony Quintero said, “Being a member of the Associated Study Body taught me a lot of responsibility about things that have to be done. It taught me to finish things I start. I think the discipline I learned will help me in the future.”
Calipatria High School valedictorian was Dillon Fong. Co-salutatorians were Kirsten Shook and Claudia Tirado. Ruby Hill, 18, said, “I feel the ability to communicate will play a big role in my future. To get along in life you have to have an open mind and hear other people’s ideas.”
Top finishers at Central Union High School were co-valedictorians Jason Korinetz and Jessica Huntington. Salutatorian was Penelope Levy.
Gonzalo Santana, 18, said: “In the past schools incorporated many different teaching methods; poetry, music, art and things of that nature … now things are hammered into us in a logical way and the human brain doesn’t work like that. The teaching methods aren’t working. We are all potential geniuses.”
Holtville High School valedictorian was Nicole Nilson. Her cousin, Jason Garewal, was salutatorian. Nicole’s mother, Jeannette Bryant, called them “cousatorians.”
Anna Rosales, 18, said: “Holtville High School has helped prepare me for the future. I came here from Mexico four years ago and I didn’t speak a word of English. The teachers here, and the programs they offered, helped me achieve my goals. My father has been very supportive, too.”
Imperial High School valedictorian was Juan Lepe. Salutatorian was Victor Nava Jr.
Marty McNees, 18, said: “I think the classes I have taken the last two years will be the most beneficial, and the guidance from my Mom and Dad. They have always been behind me, and encouraged me to do all I wanted to do.”
Valley Christian Schools had just two graduates in 1994: Zach Simpson, 18, and Elizabeth Jimenez, 17.
Elizabeth said: “My Bible classes showed me how to obey God and have respect for all people. I thank God for bringing me to this school, and I thank Pastor Johnson and my teachers for all their help.”
Vincent Memorial High School valedictorian was Anna Lourdes Tirol. Marcela Garcia, 18, said: “My best experience was being the Associated Student Body president. It helped me meet and work with different kinds of people. It has given me security and confidence to represent the students in making choices to help them, and make Vincent Memorial a better place. My decisions didn’t always please everyone.”
West Shores High School top finishers were Janet Hill and Melissa Loch.
D.J. Saunders, 17, said, “Sports taught me leadership, how to be a team player and how to be responsible for my actions. Mr. Mike Zides, one of my teachers, has been a friend and taught me how to grow up.”
Now are these students are approaching 40 years of age, and getting ready to celebrate their 20th class reunion next year. Most will have married and have children of their own. I wonder if they often think back to the carefree days when they had fewer responsibilities?