For Dickens Leung, going to a small school has been beneficial.
“In a larger classroom, I probably would have been scared to ask questions,” he said.
But after four years at Mokelumne River High School, Leung has worked hard and won the honor of valedictorian.
With three students in Mokelumne River’s graduating class, the school is a little bit like family. Students and teachers are comfortable with each other, and learning becomes a personal experience.
The school’s homeroom teacher, Kerri McClelland, says that while it is sometimes easy to get distracted in a small classroom, Leung is good at focusing on his studies and getting his homework done.
“I’m very proud of him,” McClelland said. “Academically, I know he’ll excel in college next year.”
Leung is leaving his hometown of Stockton and close quarters of Mokelumne River High School in Acampo to take on a bigger city and campus at California State University, Chico in the fall. He’s going to make the move in August.
Throughout his high school career, Leung has enjoyed his P.E. class the most. He also enjoyed playing on the school’s basketball team.
While he’s going to miss his friends, he is also looking forward to new experiences and new responsibilities.
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