Ecy King is described by her Clovis West High School counselor, Janet Duke, as being “extremely bright” and involved in many school and community activities. When Ecy found out she was to be an Academic All-Star, she said the family was in disbelief.
“What separates Ecy from her classmates is that she is driven by a personal motto to help others see their fullest potential,” said Duke, a guidance learning director. “She lives out her life motto to always be happy and to make others happy. She is one of the most down-to-earth, humble and sweetest individuals at Clovis West High School. I see her quite frequently because I pride myself in working with my freshmen as they transition to ninth grade and high school.”
Ecy, 15, stands out in a crowd because of her good-natured and loving personality, Duke said. She’s a friend to all.
Ecy’s mother, Nina, said she was excited by the news her daughter was named an Academic All-Star.
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“She continues to amaze us,” Nina King said.
Ecy’s dad, Rodney, hopes for big things for his daughter.
“What would make me happy is for her to make a big difference in other people’s lives – especially people who are disadvantaged,” he said.
Ecy doesn’t know quite yet what she wants to be when she grows up, but her dream college is Stanford. She has a 4.0 GPA at Clovis West.
“I want to apply my talents to help as many people as possible,” she said.
Duke said, “She is diverse in her activities – academics, sports, singing and volunteer work. She is the epitome of a Fresno Bee Academic All-Star.”
“I truly can’t wait to see where Ecy goes in life. She is truly an inspiration to all of us – peers and staff – at Clovis West.”
School: Clovis West High School
Parents: Rodney and Nina King
Achievements: 4.0 GPA. She took third place in the Seeded Division of the West Coast Relays for the triple jump, and she was voted Best Second Soprano in the Clovis West Women’s Ensemble. Her activities include varsity tennis player, academic decathlon, Science Olympiad, junior varsity math team, Key Club member, African-American Student Union, track team member, leadership and choir member.
NINTH GRADE HONORABLE MENTIONS
Jordan Gutierrez, 15, Fowler
School: Fowler High School
Parents: Lisa and Hank Gutierrez
Achievements: 4.17 GPA. Vice president of his class. Coordinated the building of a float for the Fowler Fall Festival parade. He has served more than 80 hours of community service. He was awarded the junior varsity basketball Scholar Athlete award for having the highest GPA on the team. He is in the marching band, on the varsity golf team and in the ROP Redcat basketball camp.
Kharma Garcia, 14, Fresno
School: Hoover High School
Parents: Joe Garcia and Betty Wang-Garcia
Achievements: 4.0 GPA. She was the top chess player at Robinson Elementary School. She has played the piano for seven years and has received performance trophies for the 2013 and 2015 People’s Church recitals. She has volunteered for many organizations, including Tzu-Chi Fresno and Valley Public Radio. She helped clean up Storyland. She wants to attend UC Berkeley to get a degree in business.
Todd Yu, 15, Fresno
School: Clovis West High School
Parent: Lifang K. Cai and Bin Yu
Achievements: 4.0 GPA. He has taken many advanced courses such as chemistry, Chinese 2, honors English and honors math 2. He won first place for History Day. He’s on the math and tennis teams. He’s an FCGC Chinese School and Sunday School volunteer, a martial arts instructor, yearbook member, Key Club member and a Science Olympiad participant.
- Age: 15
- School: Clovis West High School
- Home: Clovis
- Parents: Rodney and Nina King