Athleticism, commitment to extracurricular activities such as 4-H, Boy Scouts, drama and music, a passion to help others -- these are all traits of the 2013 Academic All-Stars. And, of course, good grades.
Take, for example, Rami Gabriel, the 12th-grade honoree in The Bee's 18th class of All-Stars. He's leaving Clovis West High with a 4.7857 grade-point average, tops among 479 seniors.
Gabriel's high marks and well-rounded résumé are typical of the stars shining in central San Joaquin Valley schools.
So, too, is the kind of spark Jon Corippo, principal at Minarets High in O'Neals, sees in student Maribeth Villanueva, the 10th-grade honoree: "Once in a while, you see a student that is disciplined, athletic, academic and grounded. Even less so, you will see a student has the drive to succeed no matter what faces them. Maribeth Villanueva is one of those young adults."
Recognizing students nominated as an Academic All-Star is a spring highlight at The Bee, says Jim Boren, The Bee's executive editor. "I continue to be amazed by their commitment to academic excellence as well as their generous work to improve our community. They are role models, and they confirm that our future is in good hands."
2013 Academic All-StarsFirst grade, Vincent Manganaan, Marshall Elementary
Third grade, Jonah Dacanay, Woodland Elementary
Fourth grade, Jacob David Lucero, Riverview Elementary
Fifth grade, Alexandra Cota, Fugman Elementary
Sixth grade, Patrick Berry, Mountain View Elementary
Seventh grade, Sydney Fox, Alta Sierra Intermediate
Eighth grade, Danielle Pacheco, Kerman Middle
Ninth grade, Abby Corgiat, Clovis West
10th grade, Maribeth Villanueva, Minarets
11th grade, Carson Michelle King, Fowler
12th grade, Rami Gabriel, Clovis West