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Tokay High School top graduates for 2013

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Gagandeep Bedi

Anthony Sorbera

Alexa Abdallah

Kianna Fernandez

Berkley Price

Douglas Boyle

Paramveer Birring

Claudia Macfarlane

Sam Drake

Ashlen Paustenbach

Emma Brink

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 am

Here are the top graduating students for 2013 from Tokay High School:

Gagandeep Bedi

Cumulative grade point average: 4.564

Parents/guardians: Amarjit and Swaranjit Bedi

Post-grad plans: I plan to attend college at the University of California, Berkeley with a career/major in chemical engineering. In the next 10 years I plan to graduate from UC Berkeley with a chemical engineering degree and get hired by an engineering company. I hope to change the world and benefit society through my work. Also, I plan to get married and start a happy family.

Clubs and activities: Football, track and field, tennis, National Honors Society, Friday Night Live, California Scholarship Federation, Students in Prevention, Key Club, Science Olympiad, Science Bowl.

Favorite memory of high school: My most memorable experience of high school is my senior year of varsity football when we beat our rivals, Lodi High.

Special thanks: I’d like to thank my parents for always supporting me and raising me to become the person I am today. I’d also like to thank my sisters for helping me through school and teaching me the value of education. My friends also deserve thanks for encouraging me and helping me throughout school. My teachers and counselors are also due thanks for their dedication.


Anthony Sorbera

Cumulative grade point average: 4.519

Parents/guardians: Thomas and Jill Sorbera

Post-grad plans: I plan to attend the University of California, Davis in the fall, and major in biomedical engineering. My goal is to continue my education in graduate school, pursuing either bioengineering or pre-med.

Clubs and activities: Four years varsity cross country (three League Championships, two-year captain), four years varsity wrestling (one League Championship, two-year captain, 2013 State Qualifier), president of Tokay Interact Club, member of California Scholarship Federation, National Honors Society, Snow Tigers, Teen Lead, four years track (two years varsity), Science Olympiad, chairman of Lodi Youth Commission.

Favorite memory of high school: My most memorable experience was the seventh place wrestling match at Masters to qualify for the state tournament. It was a rematch; my opponent and I both had bloody noses, and the match went for all three rounds.

Special thanks: I would thank all of my teachers and coaches for being so supportive, my friends for being my competitors and tutors, and finally my parents for always supporting me and expecting nothing less than excellence from me.


Alexa Abdallah

Cumulative grade point average: 4.450

Parents/guardians: Wendy Abdallah

Post-grad plans: My plans are to attend University of California, Davis in September 2013, and to major in biological sciences. My goal is to graduate from UC Davis and attend medical school to pursue a doctorate degree.

Clubs and activities: Four years varsity tennis (captain), two years JV soccer, one year varsity soccer, Science Bowl (National Competitor), Science Olympiad, Regional Winner (three years), National Honors Society, California Scholarship Federation, Lifeline Christian Club (president), Relay for Life (team captain), Teen Lead Program.

Favorite memory of high school: My most memorable experience in high school was competing in Washington, D.C., in the National Science Bowl competition with my Science Bowl team in Spring 2013.

Special thanks: I would thank Susan Herberle, my honors biology teacher and Science Bowl coach, who has inspired me to pursue a biology major in college and evoked a passion for science within me.


Kianna Fernandez

Cumulative grade point average: 4.405

Parents/guardians: Ramon and Tracy Fernandez

Post-grad plans: I will be pursuing a communications major at the University of California, San Francisco so I can one day become a broadcast journalist, reporting all over the world. My dream job would be reporting for NBC’s “The Today Show” in New York City. My goals are to always find joy in the simple things in life, work hard at whatever I set my mind on, have a family built on the same unconditional love I have grown up with, and most importantly live out my faith every day, becoming a stronger follower of God. Of course, I’d also love to complete a Color Run and find out the recipe for the sugar cookies in Disneyland!

Clubs and activities: Christian Club (four year member; co-president in senior year), yearbook (co-editor senior year), newspaper feature editor (junior year), California Scholarship Federation (four-year member; president in senior year), National Honors Society (three-year member), varsity tennis doubles player (junior and senior year), JV soccer player (two years; co-captain in sophomore year)

Favorite memory of high school: I have been an active Girl Scout since kindergarten, and last spring I completed the Gold Award. I planned an event for local elementary school children based on my passion for writing. My “One Pen, One Paper, One World Full of Friends” event featured local teachers and high school students who helped teach the younger students how to write a friendly letter, address an envelope, make their own stationery, and find pen pals through a safe organization. The project was 96 hours long, but I wouldn’t trade any minute of the time I spent. The joy and excitement I saw on the students’ faces will stay with me forever as a reminder of how simple actions, like the possibility of writing a letter to a pen pal in a different state or country, can leave the biggest impact on one’s heart.

Special thanks: No amount of words could ever explain how instrumental my parents, Ramon and Tracy, have been in my life. I am so blessed to have their support in everything I do, whether it be homework or tests or looking up from a soccer field or tennis court to see them cheering me on. My parents have been with me on my high school journey every step of the way. Although it hasn’t always been the smoothest or easiest journey, I wouldn’t change anything about it, as all along I knew they were alongside me helping through the rough patches and smiling through the great moments. I would like to thank my parents for loving me unconditionally and giving me the support and guidance I one day hope to show my own kids. I love you, Mom and Dad!


Berkley Price

Cumulative grade point average: 4.395

Parents/guardians: Brian and Carla Price

Post-grad plans: I will be attending the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in economics and minoring in Asian studies. My goals are to graduate from UCLA and go on to graduate school where I can pursue a master’s degree.

Clubs and activities: National Honor Society (secretary), California Scholarship Federation, Junior State of America (founder and president), Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, varsity water polo, varsity swimming.

Favorite memory of high school: My two most memorable experiences were turning my friend’s truck into a portable Jacuzzi and fitting 200 pencils into my hair during biology class.

Special thanks: I would thank my parents for supporting me and giving me all the tools necessary to succeed.


Douglas Boyle

Cumulative grade point average: 4.395

Parents/guardians: Winnie Boyle and Stephen Boyle

Post-grad plans: I plan to attend the University of California, Berkeley in the fall, majoring in electrical engineering and computer science. My goals are to finish college and become a genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist.

Clubs and activities: Football (four years), wrestling (two years), track (four years), vice-president of Key Club, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Central Valley Youth Symphony, Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, Storm Drain Detectives.

Favorite memory of high school: My most memorable experiences were competing at the National Science Bowl competition, and beating Lodi High School in varsity football!

Special thanks: I would thank my parents and siblings (Rachel and Stephen Boyle) for their love and support.


Paramveer Birring

Cumulative grade point average: 4.39

Parents/guardians: Sarwan Birring and Kirpal Birring

Post-grad plans: My plans for post-graduation are to go to University of California, San Diego and get a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering. ... I plan to get my master’s degree in engineering.

Clubs and activities: Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, National Honors Society, California Scholarship Federation, track and field, football.

Favorite memory of high school: My most memorable experiences so far include hanging out with P-Unit and friends, the 2012 Conflict Management Camp, and traveling to Washington, D.C. for the National Science Bowl.

Special thanks: I would thank my parents and family for supporting me throughout my life. I would also like to thank my teachers and advisers for supporting our student body.


Claudia Macfarlane

Cumulative grade point average: 4.357

Parents/guardians: Pat and Susan Macfarlane

Post-grad plans: I plan to go to University of California, Berkeley, majoring in geology. My goals are to get a Bachelor of Science from U.C. Berkeley in geology, then attend a graduate program.

Clubs and activities: Water polo, swim team, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, National Honors Society, California Scholarship Federation.

Favorite memory of high school: My most memorable experience was attending the National Science Bowl in my junior year in Washington, D.C.

Special thanks: I would have to thank Ron and Susan Heberle for opening their home to myself and others, and helping us learn more about the wonders of science than just four years of high school could hold, and also my parents for supporting all of my quirks and nerdy passions.


Sam Drake

Cumulative grade point average: 4.3

Parents/guardians: Dawn and Jon Drake

Post-grad plans: My plans are to attend the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 2013, majoring in integrative biology, and then having a career as a physical therapist. I hope to graduate from Berkeley in 2017, and then I hope to obtain my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I plan to work in my own physical therapy practice.

Clubs and activities: California Scholarship Federation (2009-13), varsity water polo (2010-12), Junior Statesmen of America (2011-13), varsity swimming (2010-13), Japanese Club (2010-13), Photo Club (2011-13), Students In Prevention (2011-12)

Favorite memory of high school: My most memorable experience was winning the Lodi vs. Tokay water polo game in overtime.

Special thanks: I would have to thank Diana Paccio, Dawn Drake, and Kris Jamison. These three teachers have done the most to shape me into the student I am today. I also would like to thank my parents for being so supportive in everything I do.


Ashlen Paustenbach

Cumulative grade point average: 4.3

Parents/guardians: Kim and Jeff Paustenbach

Post-grad plans: I plan to attend University of California, San Diego, majoring in human biology. I aspire to become a speech-language pathologist. I’m also minoring in Spanish. I plan to attend graduate school ... I would also like to travel through Europe and learn Italian.

Clubs and activities: Swim team, president of Lifeline Christian Club, National Honors Society member, Junior Statesmen of America, Storm Drain Detectives, California Scholarship Federation, Girl Scouts of America (achieved Girl Scout Gold Award), student leader at Bear Creek Community Church, Miss Teen Stockton delegate to Miss Teenage California 2012.

Favorite memory of high school: My most memorable experience in high school was earning my Girl Scout Gold Award by hosting my “Blood and Water” community event. The event consisted of a blood drive to benefit the local Delta Blood Bank and a recycling drive for the globally-oriented Bear Creek Water. It was amazing to see my community come together and work to alleviate common needs.

Special thanks: I would thank my mom for her incessant stream of support and love. She has sat up with me late at night while I was studying, reviewed my college applications, and being a constant cheerleader. I love her so much and admire her selfless, compassionate personality.


Emma Brink

Cumulative grade point average: 4.286

Parents/guardians: Corey and Cindy Brink

Post-grad plans: My plans are to attend Brigham Young University in June, with a major in environmental science. My goals are to study environmental science, work on conservation projects abroad, raise a family by the coast and become the happiest person I can be.

Clubs and activities: Student government (senior class president, junior class vice-president), two years competing in the NDAA’s Sea Lion Bowl, California Scholarship Federation, National Honors Society, Photo Club, Interact, PTSA, Storm Drain Detectives, four-year varsity tennis, Lodi Youth Commission.

Favorite memory of high school: The summer of my junior year, I was selected to attend California’s Girls State at Claremont McKenna college.

Special thanks: I would thank my parents and sisters for not only setting the examples of hard work and responsibility but for showing me what it means to really love learning.

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