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Lynn McDaniel

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June 4, 2013
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Because you asked, Mr. Boardman

As a Nevada Union teacher and the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) adviser, I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Boardman’s letter that suggests that being a Nevada Union valedictorian means nothing.

These 54 students have worked hard throughout their high-school careers, and every one of them has accomplished many personal achievements.

Aside from grueling class work, these students are scholar athletes and active members of student government and clubs such as Interact and Key Club, which exist to perform community service. Each student fulfilled the district’s Senior Project graduation requirement, all while taking ACT, SAT, and AP tests and dealing with the tedious college application process. The proof Mr. Boardman most wants, however, is where these valedictorians will go next year. I think the following list will suffice:

Navleen Gill, University of California, Berkeley

Ben Lerner, Stanford University

Alex Ramsey, Stanford University

Steven Agness, University of Virginia

Maya Anderman, University of Southern California

Miles Baker, New York University

Glynn Baxter, Gonzaga University

Hannah Blair, Middlebury College

Kaylie Brooks, Cal Poly

Michael Buonarati, Loyola Marymount

Hannah Casey, Gonzaga University

Savannah Conlon, UC, Santa Cruz

Matteson Danile-Padgett, UC, Davis

Taylor DeGraw, UC, Davis

Nathan Droivold, UC, Davis

Nicholas Eccarius, University of California, Irvine

Tess Engel, Cal Poly

Miguel Espinosa, Cal Poly

Shauna Fassino, Calif. State University, Sonoma

Robyn Fernandez, Azusa Pacific University

Devon Fischer, Azusa Pacific University

Jonathan Graham, Sierra College

Erica Granholm, Colorado Mesa University

Timothy Grebe, Cal Poly

Jamie Gustafson, UC, San Diego

Megan Johnson, Cal Poly

Ettoria Kinney, University of Nevada Reno

Lenny Kirshbaum, UC, Santa Cruz

Erika Lee, UC, Santa Barbara

Ashley Levy, UC, San Diego

Carly Messex, UC, Los Angeles

Malayka Mottarella, Willamette University

Meaghan O’Connor, UC, San Diego

Kendall Pawlowski, UC, Santa Cruz

William Powell, UC, Davis

Katelyn Power, UC, San Diego

Julia Ramirez, UC, San Diego

Katheryn Rein, UC, Santa Barbara

Jenna Remley, New York University

Brandon Schwendeman, UC, San Diego

Adam Seifert, University of Southern California

Michael Sekerak, UC, Los Angeles

Robert Sekerak, Cal Poly

Alexandra Stretch, UC, San Diego

Jake Sullivan, UC, Santa Cruz

Joanna Troth, University of Colorado

Sara Valentine, Kenyon College

Leah Van Doren, UC, Irvine

Holly Warner, UC, Santa Barbara

Katherine Watters, University of Nevada Reno

Zane Weinberger, Swarthmore

Anna Weixelman, University of British Columbia

Ryan Willett, UC, Santa Cruz

Emma Woods, Willamette University

I do not know what more we could ask of these young people.

Lynn McDaniel is a teacher at Nevada Union High School and serves as an advisor for the California Scholarship Federation.


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