Jurupa Unified proudly congratulates the 2016 high school valedictorians. In recognition of their hard work, academic excellence and many other achievements, here is a snapshot of each of these outstanding students.
PATRIOT HIGH SCHOOL
Oscar R. Amaral
Parents: Oscar and Karina Amaral
Activities and accolades: Oscar's awards and accomplishments include recognition for his AP scores, honor as an AP Scholar within his class, and plaudits for his biliteracy. He is a member of the California Scholarship Federation.
Favorite memory: Playing on the Patriot soccer team for two seasons.
What's next: Oscar plans to attend a four-year university and would like to major in bioengineering. His aspires to a career in engineering, to help improve conditions for humanity and provide a meaningful contribution to the world.
JURUPA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Luis Manuel Valdez
Parents: Manuel and Angelica Valdez
Activities and accolades: Luis served as president of the JVHS National Honors Society and vice president of the Science Club. He is a member of GATE, the Advanced Placement Spanish Club, and the JVHS California Scholarship Federation. Luis captained the varsity cross country and boys' tennis teams and ran varsity track. He actively participated in both the Upward Bound program and the Riverside County's Youth Advisory Council. Luis represented Jurupa Valley as the school's delegate at the American Legion Boys' State and earned admission to the University of California COSMOS program for Aerospace Engineering.
Favorite memory: Senior homecoming dance.
What's next: Luis plans to attend a university and study either civil engineering or architecture, with a minor in business. Luis also wants to travel the world, continue pursuing his passion for photography, and learn a third language.
RUBIDOUX HIGH SCHOOL
Nancy Socorro Ortiz
Parents: Mario and Maria Araceli Ortiz
Activities and accolades: Nancy has served as president of the National Honor Society, secretary and class representative of the Rubidoux Early College High School Program (RECHS), treasurer of Our Lady of Guadalupe's Youth Group, and student ambassador of Rubidoux Get Schooled. She has been a member of the Spanish Club, Book Club, Future Farmers of America, Class Council, Chamber Choir, church choir, AVID, AP classes, and the Riverside County Second District's Youth Advisory Council. She has received an academic letter, RECHS Responsibility Award, RHS Band Most Outstanding Guard Performer plaque, AP test achievement award, California Girls state nominee and second alternate, and the Riverside County Bar Association Good Citizenship Award.
Favorite memory: Nancy would like to thank Mrs. Merino for being that adult friend that every teenager needs. Mrs. Merino has helped her from the moment Nancy walked into her office in middle school. The most influential people in Nancy's life are her parents. Her parents are the most selfless people she knows; they have given up everything in search of a better life for Nancy and her sisters.
What's next: Nancy plans to attend UCLA to pursue a degree in mathematics. After college, Nancy wants to establish a nonprofit organization that benefits educationally disadvantaged, low-income Latino students.