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Lodi High School top graduates for 2012

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Elizabeth Long

Ethan Sprague

Jacob Dodd

Dipa Patel

Carly Banks

Joelle Sutherland

Laura Weiderrich

Alexandra Guendert

Andrew Watts

Kinsey Green

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:45 am, Fri May 25, 2012.

Here are the top graduating students for 2012 from Lodi High School:

Elizabeth Long

Rank: 1

GPA: 4.619

Parents: Dave and Linda Long

Post-grad plans: UC Berkeley, mechanical engineering

10-year plans: I plan to get my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in architecture. I also hope to study abroad.

Clubs and activities: Science Olympiad, track, CSF, cross country

Most memorable experience: My most memorable experience was when my Rube Goldberg Project won third place at the regional Science Olympiad competition last year.

Special thanks: I would like to thank my father for the many, many hours he’s spent helping me study or work on last minute projects.

Ethan Sprague

Rank: 2

GPA: 4.595

Parents: Gordon and Sharon Sprague

Post-grad plans: I will be studying mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley

10-year plans: I plan on going to graduate school after earning my B.S. in mechanical engineering and then starting my own company.

Clubs and Activities: Badminton, Science Olympiad, Boy Scouts Troop 199, St. Joachim Youth Group, cross-country, CSF, school play

Most memorable experience: Winning two medals at the state competitions for Science Olympiad in OPTICS! And experimental design.

Special thanks: I would like to thank my parents for their constant support and for expecting more of me than I expected of myself.

Jacob Dodd

Rank: 3

GPA: 4.395

Parents: Adam and Laura Dodd

Post-grad plans: UC San Diego, major: undeclared physical sciences

10-year plans: Graduate college and move on to grad school

Clubs and activities: Swimming, water polo, CSF, student leader at church

Most memorable experience: The friends that I have made playing water polo and swimming and all the good times we’ve had.

Special thanks: Mom and dad for encouraging me to do my best.

Dipa Patel

Rank: 3

GPA: 4.395

Parents: Ghanshyam and Mita Patel

Post-grad plans: I will be attending UC San Diego, major is biochemisty.

10-year plans: In ten years, I will have completed medical school and hope to have a career somewhere in the medical field.

Clubs and activities: CSF, Interact Club, Environmental Club, Science Olympiad, Lodi Youth Commission, TeenLead, Lodi Public Library Tutor, Speech and Debate

Most memorable experience: A memorable experience was during speech and debate overcoming taking to a large crowd and getting past my events.

Special thanks: I would like to thank my whole family for loving and supporting me. I especially want to thank my mom and sister for being there for me and comforting me when I needed it.

Carly Banks

Rank: 5

GPA: 4.310

Parents: Doug and Shelley Banks

Post-grad plans: Go to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to major in biological sciences, then study physical therapy at grad school.

10-year plans: Get my doctorate in physical therapy grad school, work in professional sports rehabilitation, and travel all over the world.

Clubs and activities: JV cross country, Varsity Water Polo, JV and varsity softball, CSF sealbearer

Joelle Sutherland

Rank: 5

GPA: 4.310

Parents: Kim and Corey Sutherland

Post-grad plans: Attending CSU Long Beach to major in kinesiotherapy

10-year plans: To survive college and the several science courses I’ll be taking, and to become a pediatric physical therapist.

Clubs and activities: I’ve participated in CSF, Friday Night Live Club, and several other clubs, but I’m most active in Interact Club. I’m president of the club this year and I love it!

Most memorable experience: Watching Marceau break up the fight that literally rolled into her classroom junior year.

Special thanks: My whole family deserves thanks for encouraging me and putting up with my craziness these past four years.

Laura Weiderrich

Rank: 7

GPA: 4.306

Parents: James and Janice Weiderrich

Post-grad plans: I’ll be attending Delta College and will most likely be majoring in music education and English. I would like to become a middle or high school teacher.

10-year plans: Spend two years at Delta, transfer to a university (like the University of the Pacific) to complete my degrees, then get a job at a middle or high school.

Clubs and activities: CSF, track and field, San Joaquin County Honor Choir, RYLA

Most memorable experience: Going to Camp RYLA where I learned more about being a leader, communicating with others and living in the snow. I also got to meet other girls from all over the state.

Special thanks: I would thank my parents because without them I would not be the person I am today. They are the ones who showed me the importance of getting an education and pushed me to be the best I could possibly be.

Most memorable experience: Going on a mission trip to Mexico in June 2011 to build houses for impoverished families.

Special thanks: My parents for always reminding me of my goals and what I’m working toward.

Alexandra Guendert

Rank: 8

GPA: 4.302

Parents: Todd and Denise Guendert

Post-grad plans: I plan on attending the University of San Diego and majoring in biology and psychology.

10-year plans: I hope to one day open my own psychology/counseling office to offer counseling to those with addictions and disorders.

Clubs and activities: Christian Club, Interact Club, Friday Night Live Club, JV and Varsity basketball, TeenLead, and L.O.V.E. Church group.

Most memorable experience: All of high school has been memorable. I have made amazing friends these four years, and we have done amazing things.

Special thanks: I thank my parents for everything they have sacrificed and for everything they have done to ensure I have the best opportunities in life.

Andrew Watts

Rank: 9

GPA: 4.286

Parents: Keith and Sonya Watts

Post-grad plans: Attend USC, major in film production

10-year plans: Graduate college, begin working for the movie industry, start a family, buy a house, and have awesome adventures.

Clubs and activities: Water polo, swimming, CSF, drama club

Most memorable experience: Blocking a five meter penalty shot against St. Mary’s in the final 30 seconds of a tied game in Sections.

Special thanks: My mom. She’s always been there to support me in my studies and continues to support me as I move toward my college experience.

Kinsey Green

Rank: 10

GPA: 4.267

Parents: Terrie Green and Patrick Swartz

Post-grad plans: UCSD, visual arts (media) major

10-year plans: Make movies, make money, be happy.

Clubs and activities: Drama club president, Lodi Youth Commission, School Site Council, CSF

Most memorable experience: Playing the lead role in the spring musical “Li’l Abner.”

Special thanks: My mom for always supporting and believing in me.

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