Here are the top graduating students for 2012 from Tokay High School:
Parents: Yen Ming Chang and Hsiufen Chen
Post-grad plans: Attending Duke Univeristy, undecided major
10-year plans: Go to medical school and become a doctor
Clubs and activities: National Honor Society, CSF, Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, RYLA Attendee, Boys State Delegate
Most memorable experience: Attending the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl nationals competition for the third time.
Special thanks: My parents and my brother for their support and for keeping me on track to succeed for the past four years.
Parents: Kurt and Sandee Kautz
Post-grad plans: I will be attending Stanford University and hopefully continuing on to graduate school to become a speech and language therapist or pathologist.
10-year plans: After I’ve completed school, I hope to find a job either with a private practice or in a hospital – whatever opportunities are available to me.
Clubs and activities: Interact Club, Lifeline Club, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, track and field, newspaper, yearbook, volunteer work at Project R.I.D.E, involvement with Emanuel Lutheran Church, horseback riding, piano.
Most memorable experience: All four years of high school were memorable, but a few top moments would be when Tokay beat Lodi in my senior year game, when I saw the yearbook I helped make, and my senior prom.
Special thanks: I would like to thank my family because they not only supported me in everything I did, but they picked me up when I was down and helped me see that things would get better when I was overwhelmed.
Parents: Christopher and Carole Funge
Post-grad plans: Attend University of California Berkeley with a major in political science
10-year plans: graduate UC Berkely, make a positive impact with a career I love.
Clubs and activities: Interact Club, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, LinkCrew, FotoClub, Swim, Math Tutor, People to People Ambassador.
Most memorable experience: Watching the four five and six year olds I coach swim their first race completely on their own.
Special thanks: My parents for encouraging me while also giving me the independence to make my own decisions and pursue my dreams.
Parents: Frank and Gail Cunningham
Post-grad plans: Attend University of California Davis, bachelor’s degree in animal science, and doctorate in veterinary medicine
10-year plans: Graduate with a doctorate in veterinary medicine with an emphasis in aquatic animals
Clubs and activities: National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Lifeline Christian Club, conflict management, water polo
Most memorable experience: Beating Lodi in water polo my senior year.
Special thanks: My parents for always supporting me.
Parents: Siegfried and Claudia Mall
Post-grad plans: University of California Davis
10-year plans: graduate from college, win the Nobel Peace Prize and meet my prince charming.
Clubs and activities: Track and field, storm drain detectives, Go Green! Club, St Joachim’s Youth Group, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Friday Night Live, Interact, water polo, cross country.
Most memorable experience: Joining the water polo team in 2009 with Emilie, Becca, Cooper and Jessica Renteria! What fun we had!
Special thanks: I would like to thank all the wonderful teachers I had at Tokay and Elkhorn School. Thank you Mrs. Starr and Mrs. Grant for helping me so, so much these past two years. I would also like to thank my friend Ethan Cassidy Sprague for making me work so hard to prove I am almost as nerdy as he is.
Parents: Grant and Karin Rogero
Post-grad plans: Attend UCLA and major in mathematics/applied science with the medical and life sciences plan.
10-year plans: graduate from UCLA near the top of my class and attend a prestigious medical school with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon or other type of surgeon.
Clubs and activities: Football, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Delta Blood Bank, Wine Country Care Center volunteer, Tokay Athletes in Action leader, St. Paul’s senior high youth group, St. Paul’s children’s camp volunteer, baseball, basketball, German Club, Christian Club, Campus Beautification Days, Homecoming Court.
Most memorable experience: So many with football: summer football and camps, upsetting undefeated McNair junior year, recruiting trips, and being named 1st Team All Sac-Joaquin, also homecoming week, spirit days, and being a teacher’s aide for a special needs class this year.
Special thanks: I would like to thank my parents for supporting me in all my goals and my AP teachers and counselors for allowing me to be prepared for college.
Parents: Rakesh and Smita Patel
Post-grad plans: Attend the University of Southern California and major in biology
10-year plans: Attend and graduate from the university of California, attend medical school and study to become a cardiologist, radiologist or an orthopedist.
Clubs and activities: Varsity football, track and field, National Honor Society President, Key Club, California Scholarship Federation, Interact Club, Storm Drain Detectives, Vienna Nursing Home volunteer, American Cancer Society Relay for Life co-captain.
Most memorable experience: Two years of varsity football played at Tokay.
Special thanks: My parents for pushing me past my limits and teaching me that I need to work hard in order to be successful.
Parents: Kuldip and Jatinderjit Hundal
Post-grad plans: University of California Berkeley and major in some type of engineering or astrophysics.
10-year plans: graduate from U.C. Berkeley and get my post doctorate at graduate school and become an astrophysicist at NASA.
Clubs and activities: National Honor Society Vice President, California Scholarship Federation treasurer, Key Club, Science Club, Science Bowl four years, Science Olympiad four years, Academic Decathlon, Friday Night Live, varsity soccer, varsity cross country, varsity track.
Most memorable experience: Hanging around with P-Unit, playing basketball after track practice and traveling to Washington D.C. for National Science Bowl two times.
Special thanks: My parents and grandparents for encouraging me throughout my life.
Parents: Sukhvinder Singh and Amritpal Kaur
Post-grad plans: University of California Davis, majoring in biological sciences.
10-year plans: graduate from UC Davis, attend UC Davis medical school and get involved in a residency program.
Clubs and activities: California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, Key Club, Academic Decathlon, Friday Night Live, Teen Advisory Council, Lodi Teen Book Club, varsity badminton.
Most memorable experience: Spending half an hour of lunch eating and sharing stories with my lovely friends.
Special thanks: I would love to thank my amazing younger brother, wonderful parents and beautiful friends for supporting me in every single way and helping me find myself as a person. And of course the very hardworking and scholarly teachers for making me a knowledgeable person.
Parents: Roberto and Bertha Rodriguez
Post-grad plans: Attend Cal Poly SLO to study computer science and then get my masters.
10-year plans: To work for a big company like Google or Apple and create the next hit iPhone app.
Clubs and activities: California Scholarship Federation, A.V.I.D. tutor.
Most memorable experience: The first time I returned to Mexico to spend time with my family. I had not gone back in close to five years and I enjoyed spending time with my grandparents.
Special thanks: The first person I would like to thank would be my whole family, because they have always been there for me, supporting me on anything that they could. I know they had to make a lot of sacrifice. My teachers also helped me achieve my full potential.