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GRADUATION:
Special section

Tribute to the
Class of 2013

Congratulations
to graduates

God has already
given your life a
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What is your
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High celebrates
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placeholder June 10, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA

Here are some of this year's outstanding graduates of the Catholic high schools in the Oakland Diocese. The Catholic Voice salutes them and all graduates of the Class of 2013.


Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland

Carolanne Link

Carolanne Link

COLLEGE ATTENDING: University of California, Los Angeles

TO STUDY: Engineering and/or Computer Science

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? My parents are my heroes. Without them I would not be where I am today. They are strong, patient, intelligent, and loving people. I admire and love them with all of my heart. I am so blessed to have such wonderful parents.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? The most important lesson that I have learned in high school is to always keep an open mind. By keeping an open mind, I have had many eye-opening and amazing experiences. I learned to see the world from many perspectives and appreciate the little things in everyday life.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? In 10 years I hope to be doing something that benefits others. Whether it be in the legal field, the medical field or another field of work I haven't considered yet, I want to help. I believe that pursuing a career that helps people would be perfect for me.




Daylen Yang
Daylen Yang

COLLEGE ATTENDING: UC Berkeley

TO STUDY: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? Steve Jobs was a visionary, a brilliant speaker, and an effective leader. He turned Apple around in the '90s, and played a major role in the devices we all use today. He did what he loved to do and improved society at the same time. That's why I admire him.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? I learned that stepping out of my comfort zone is nothing to be afraid of. By accepting that, I've interacted with more people, tried new things, and made new friends. I would encourage others to do the same. Try it. You'll like it.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? In the future, I hope to be building technology to improve people's lives. What Elon Musk is doing with Tesla and SpaceX is amazing, and I'd like to do similar things.


Carondelet High School, Concord

Laura Bobich

Laura Bobich

COLLEGE ATTENDING: University of Notre Dame

TO STUDY: Engineering

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? As part of a school-sponsored immersion trip, I venture to Salinas, California. Surrounded by huts that serve as homes, I met a little girl who was incredibly lighthearted and energetic. I admire her positive attitude even in the face of harsh conditions.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? High school has undoubtedly taught me many lessons on the academic level. More importantly, however, it has taught me to be confident. I entered freshman year scared and timid. As I get ready to graduate, I hold my head high and am proud of the person I have become.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? Ten years from now seems to be a lifetime away. Possibly I will continue in the field of engineering, or maybe I will switch career paths several times. No matter what profession I am in, however, I hope that I am doing something that excites me while helping others.




Alyssa McHugh
Alyssa McHugh

COLLEGE ATTENDING: University of California, Los Angeles

TO STUDY: Neuroscience

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? Every day I find inspiration from the individuals at my high school. Over the past four years I have met classmates with incredible stories and talents. I admire the positive attitude and outstanding work ethic of each person who makes up the community of Carondelet.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? You have a say in the direction your life takes, and it is within your control to create a better life for yourself. Do not let insignificant setbacks bring you down, and remember to focus on the big picture.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? I hope to attend medical school or pursue another career in the health field so that I may engage with and help others on a personal level. Wherever I end up, I hope that I will be doing my best to make a meaningful difference.



John Pericich
De La Salle High School, Concord

John Pericich

COLLEGE ATTENDING: Stanford University

TO STUDY: Public Policy and History

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? I most admire Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey and one of the most influential mayors in the United States. Booker admirably uses his extraordinary intellectual and interpersonal skills not to advance himself but rather to serve others.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? The following quote summarizes the most important lesson I learned in high school: “attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude.” I first heard this quote from my principal, and my time in high school has shown me that a good attitude and willingness to work diligently constitute the foundations of success.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? I hope to be a lawyer working at the intersection of law, government, and public service.




Kyle Peterson
Kyle Peterson

COLLEGE ATTENDING: University of Southern California

TO STUDY: Political Science

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? I admire my father most because he embodies what success looks like through hard work, diligence, and understanding. Time after time, he continues to show me what it means to be a true man in both word and action

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? The most important lesson I learned in high school is that greatness lies inside everyone. It simply takes passion and dedication to show it to the rest of the world.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? In 10 years I hope to be involved in some area of the public sector or working with public officials by practicing law or business. This, of course, would come after years of schooling to adequately prepare me for these endeavors.


Holy Names High School, Oakland


Harriet Pearlstein
Harriet Pearlstein

COLLEGE ATTENDING: Holy Names University

TO STUDY: Multimedia Arts and Communication

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? I admire my mother for raising me on her own and showing me every day what it means to be a strong, hardworking, kind, generous, and – above all- loving individual.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? The most important lesson I learned in high school is to really listen to the advice that others give me. This means that I learned how to think about what others tell me and then best apply what they say to my life, so I can be successful.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? In 10 years I hope to be working in advertising.




Katherine S. Robles
Katherine S. Robles

COLLEGE ATTENDING: Wellesley College

TO STUDY: Music and French Language

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? I admire my parents for giving up all that they knew in their homeland to come to the United States in order to give my siblings and me greater possibilities for success. I would like to acknowledge everyone else who has given me insurmountable amounts of support. I have been blessed to have people like Barbara Bass Bakar (director of the Achieve Program) and Daisy Newman (director of the Young Musicians Program) in my life.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? The most important lesson I learned in high school is to always keep in mind the two “P’s”: Passion and Perseverance. Find your passion and let that passion drive you to persevere until you have achieved your dreams.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? In 10 years, I hope to perform professionally around the world while working towards the development of a program in which classical music can be more easily spread throughout the Americas.


Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward


Alma Chen
Alma Chen

COLLEGE ATTENDING: UC Berkeley

TO STUDY: Chemical Biology

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? Both of my parents are very hardworking individuals who have the courage to take risks in an effort to secure a better future. I admire their ability to maintain an unfaltering vision through hard times. But most importantly, I’m glad that they have taught me what is important and worth pursing in life.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? I learned that although certain difficulties may seem enormous to me in the moment, they are extremely insignificant in the long run. Although we cannot erase the past, the impact of our failures and other humiliating moments lessens as time progresses. And just as time progresses, it is best to progress through our unpleasant moments.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? In 10 years, I hope to be serving my community by being a pediatrician and treating children’s health issues. I hope to be well on my way of achieving my ultimate goal of bringing happiness to others.




Scott Lowder
Scott Lowder

COLLEGE ATTENDING: Georgetown University

TO STUDY: Political Economy

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? Without a doubt, the person I admire most is my mother. Above and beyond being intelligent, caring, and warm, she is emblematic of the golden rule; she always treats people the way she would want to be treated, no matter what the situation might be.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? The most important lesson I learned in high school was to let myself be open to new experiences and opportunities. Often, the best times in life are about getting outside your comfort zone, taking a chance on something different, and saying “yes.”

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? I hope, above all else, that I’m doing something I love! But ideally either clerking for Justice Sotomayor at the Supreme Court or pursuing my master’s degree in Public Policy after getting my law degree.


Salesian High School, Richmond


Anthony Bell
Anthony Bell

COLLEGE ATTENDING: University of California, Los Angeles

TO STUDY: Biology (Pre-Med)

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? I admire my mother most because she has been a model of hard work, dedication, love and faith for me growing up.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? One of the first and most important things I learned at Salesian was to never be afraid of being myself.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? In 10 years, I hope to be a medical doctor working in a hospital somewhere. I’m passionate about medicine and look forward to a career of helping others.




Blake Wyatt
Blake Wyatt

COLLEGE ATTENDING: University of California, Los Angeles

TO STUDY: Civil Engineering

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? I admire my grandpa the most because he has always been amazingly supportive, hardworking, and successful despite hardships and obstacles that have been put in his way. He has always been able to balance family, business, and personal enjoyment with ease. I hope to gain his attributes as I mature.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? The most important lesson I learned was effective leadership. This year as Student Body President, I have learned how to listen as well as give input in order to plan and lead efficiently and fairly.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? In 10 years, I hope to have my Master’s degree in Civil and Structural engineering, with a business degree as well. By that time, I would like to be a supervising engineer working on large infrastructural projects, especially bridges.


St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland


Jaontra Henderson
Jaontra Henderson

COLLEGE ATTENDING: Saint Mary’s College of California

TO STUDY: Psychology

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? I admire my teacher, Ms. Mondy, because she is a person of great character. She shows everyone around her that she is intelligent, respectful, kindhearted, and strong. Ms. Mondy is a natural born teacher and leader who has my complete admiration.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? The most important lesson I learned in high school is asking for help is necessary sometimes. By asking for help when we need it we give ourselves a better chance to succeed.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? In 10 years I hope to be using the education I have acquired to make a difference in the medical field.




Eduardo Prieto Lara
Eduardo Prieto Lara

COLLEGE ATTENDING: University of California, Los Angeles

TO STUDY: Undeclared Sciences

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? I admire my parents the most for allowing me to receive a private Catholic education. They have made sure that my four older siblings and I had a quality education. Even through financial struggles they still made sure that our education was their first priority.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? Through my four years at St. Elizabeth I have learned how to be a part of a strong community. The emphasis on truth and charity are the foundation of our school and is what makes every student at St. Elizabeth a ‘Mustang’ and helps us remain a strong community.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? I really don’t know what I will be doing in 10 years. I would hope that I am done with school and am pursuing my career. All I really hope is that life treats me well until that point and that I remain the person who I am.


St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda


Eric Baskett
Eric Baskett

COLLEGE ATTENDING: UC Berkeley

TO STUDY: Astrophysics

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? The person I admire most is Stephen Hawking. Not only is he the greatest living physicist, but he also overcame immense odds in the form of his paralysis to do so. Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time was the first book on physics I ever read, and it inspired me to pursue the field.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? The most important lesson I learned was to not procrastinate and to make sure I always focus on assignments. With five AP classes, I learned quickly that I had to pace myself and make sure I focused as much on each class as was necessary.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? I am going to Cal Berkeley next year to study astrophysics. In 10 years, I hope to have my Ph.D. in physics and to be doing research in the field.




Paul Rothhammer-Ruiz
Paul Rothhammer-Ruiz

COLLEGE ATTENDING: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

TO STUDY: Mechanical Engineering

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? Both my mother and father have been my greatest role models. What I admire most about them is their hard work and perseverance to succeed, having come from troubled childhoods. Seeing how they were able to overcome the odds inspires me to succeed and work hard in all I do.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? Serving three years on the leadership council at SJND, I have learned just what it means to be a leader. Leadership goes well beyond hosting fundraisers and making profits from dances. As leaders, our goal was to make the year memorable for the students. Everything we did was to benefit them.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? I’m very interested in the transition toward the use of renewable energy in vehicles and would love to improve upon their efficiency and usage. I would like to focus on automobiles and aircrafts, working for companies such as Boeing or Tesla. Eventually I’d like to start my own business.


Saint Mary’s College High School, Berkeley


Gaetano Forte
Gaetano Forte

COLLEGE ATTENDING: UC Berkeley

TO STUDY: Political Science

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? My recently deceased grandfather, John Forte Sr. It’s hard to define greatness, but if there is anyone deserving of the moniker, it is him. He was a man of many talents, an outstanding intellect, and a passionate father, brother, husband, and friend to so many.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? I learned to remain open to all options and beliefs, illuminating knowledge on the path to truth. I learned that the knowledge you do learn, you must hold onto steadfastly and internalize it so you never lose it.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? Well, I love music, but I’m not much of a musician, so hopefully, in 10 years, I’ll be covering the music industry as a journalist.




Kiari Young-Collie
Kiari Young-Collie

COLLEGE ATTENDING: Notre Dame de Namur University

TO STUDY: Business and Sociology

WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE MOST AND WHY? There have been many, but it is my Aunt Emika, a graduate of Saint Mary’s, who I most admire. My aunt was the first person in our family to complete grad school. She has integrity, fortitude, and a love for learning. I admire her love for education and her being able to achieve her goals.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL? I’ve learned that it is much easier to be yourself. Someone once told me, “Your one goal in life is to become the best person you can be.” Saint Mary’s has helped me realize who I am and how much easier it is to be myself. Now, I am comfortable in my own skin and feel more confident in my thoughts, dreams, and goals. I can now stand up for my beliefs and be a strong, proud woman.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS? I want to have an impact on others and give them someone to look up to just like the many amazing people in my life who I look up to.

 
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