Emma Marie Boone doesn't just handle a heavy load of classes. She masters it.
A 4.0 grade point average across eight classes, several of them at the honors level, is a testament to that.
That's unheard of, according to Clovis West High School counselor Janet Duke.
"The norm is six," Duke says. "She's taken to heart the educational opportunities she's experienced, grown, and matured to find her personal ambitions in life, which is to pursue a combined college major in music and mathematics so she may teach others to love learning."
Emma's mother recalls it starting at an early age, when she was placed in advanced first grade while attending Gettysburg Elementary.
"She's always been very driven," Karen Boone says. "She's done her work right away."
Emma keeps busy outside the classroom as a member of the Good Company Players' Junior Company and also has performed in two shows at Roger Rocka's — including "Fiddler on the Roof" last summer.
At Clovis West, she's been a cast member in the school's production of "Our Town."
Other school endeavors include the Clovis West Campus Literary Magazine, marching band and the math team.
Emma says she has thought about studying music education.
"I really like helping people," she added. "And I really like music. I don't want to stray away from that, so I think doing those two would be nice."
School: Clovis West
Parents: Stanley and Karen Boone
Andrew Gileo, 15, Fresno
School: Edison High
Parents: Jeff and Beth Najarian-Gileo
Achievements: Andrew likes to volunteer a lot. In fact, he's been doing that since 2008, helping out at the Fig Garden library branch. His advanced-placement human geography instructor, Lauren Jacquez, said he has consistently volunteered two afternoons a week since he was 9 and has trained many other helpers through the years. Also a member of the Teen Council at the Woodward Park Library, Andrew's goal is organize a book giveaway for disadvantaged children. "He has used part of his allowance to purchase new and gently used books for the past 11/2 years," Jacquez said, "and has collected 150 books." A member of the California Scholastic Federation and the robotics and debate teams, he has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Brooke Doi, 15, Reedley
School: Reedley High
Parent: Chad Doi
Achievements: Brooke got off to a quick start in high school, earning a 4.0 GPA while taking rigorous college prep courses. Brooke was involved in various activities this year, including the freshmen cheer squad and track and field team. She's also part of the Asian Persuasion Club and has volunteered for Reedley High's Career Day and Reedley College's Safari Days.
Mehakpreet Kaur, 14, Fresno
School: Central High (West Campus)
Parents: Harbhajan Singh and Rajandeep Kaur
Achievements: Mehakpreet is a busy student. While maintaining straight A's, she keeps busy with activities and organizations including Leadership Class, Futures Farmers of America executive committee, Book Club and theater. She also had perfect attendance. Central West Director Caran Resciniti said Mehakpreet has earned her Greenhand Future Farmers of America degree, which only goes to freshmen who have shown "great dedication in meeting the rigorous criteria. Mak is a role model for our students. She represents our school in a positive way and exhibits integrity with high level of maturity."