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High school students recognized

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Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe Young Women of Distinction from South Tahoe High School are, from left, front row, Kelly Wysong, Carrie Horton, Jennifer Filipko and Sara Schwartz. In back are Carrie Bauwens, Christie Cotcher, Michelle Stamme, Nolie Pierini, Megan Roberto and Becky Burns.

For the second consecutive year, Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe has honored outstanding seniors from South Tahoe High School at a celebratory luncheon. The students were chosen by the counselors for their academic, athletic, and citizenship achievements.

— Carrie Bauwens: Carrie has a GPA of 4.0 and ranks No. 12 in her class. She has been recognized on the National Honor Roll and was nominated to attend the National Leadership Conference. She has volunteered her time and energy though the JROTC program, assisting the Optimists with their annual pancake breakfast and Christmas tree sales. The Blue Ribbon Classical Choir has enjoyed Carrie’s talents with highlights being winning first place at Six Flags and at Great America at the Music on the Park competitions. Carrie will be pursuing a career as a massage therapist and chiropractor after attending Lake Tahoe Massage School and Palmer Chiropractic College of the West in San Jose.

— Becky Burns: Becky is a scholar, a musician, an athlete, and a volunteer. She has a genuine appreciation for all of her blessings especially after assisting in serving meals in a homeless shelter, and building houses on a Navajo Reservation. Her 4.21 GPA is proof that she excels scholastically and has paved the way for her three current advanced placement classes including one in statistics, her planned college major. Her math aptitude will be put to use in her quest of a career as an actuarial or in international business. Becky has participated in the Key Club, Leadership, SMILE, and Peer Counseling and was the sophomore and junior class vice president. She has played soccer and basketball during her high school tenure and has been an avid piano player for 10 years. Any of the five colleges where Becky has applied would be lucky to have her.

— Christie Cotcher: Another superstar with a 4.29 GPA, Christie has been described as enthusiastic, energetic, dedicated, and persistent. She has been active in Club Live at STMS and in Friday Night Live at STHS and is especially dedicated to the anti-alcohol message after losing a friend in a drunk driving accident. Christie also shares a passion for horseback riding, ballet, and swimming. She won the Best of the Best award for her talent in playing the flute. Christie has applied to UCD, Stanford, Harvard, and CSUS where she plans to focus in a therapy and communications-related career. Her family and friend Nick play an integral role in supporting Christie and encouraging her to seize every opportunity to grow and excel.

— Jennifer Filipko: Headed to college with the wonderful potential of a volleyball scholarship, Jennifer is excited about the prospect of playing at either Western Wyoming College or Laredo College in Texas. She has had an untraditional four years of high school with a highlight being a semester spent in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, living with a local family and attending the Spanish Institute. She has enjoyed classes at LTCC over the years and is looking forward to graduating early so that she can jump into International Studies classes and someday work at the US Embassy in Mexico. Key Club, SMILE, and playing the violin lend additional balance to the life of this multi-talented young lady.

— Carrie Horton: “Involved in everything…” seems to characterize Carrie quite nicely, and she takes pride in all her activities. She helped plan this year’s Mr. Viking contest, and Homecoming, as well as, the recent STHS blood drive. In addition, she’s on the yearbook staff, and one of this year’s student government office holders. However, school is not her only focus, she is also active in her church’s youth group. Carrie’s college plans center on the Pacific Northwest – either in Seattle, Wash., at Seattle Pacific University, or in Portland, Ore., at Concordia University, or Western Baptist University. She’d like a career as a writer, or perhaps, para-legal, and is also thinking about a career in public relations. With all her leadership activities, she’ll certainly be prepared to follow whatever path she chooses.

— Nicole Pierini: Friends call her “Nolie”, and her teachers call her “…a hard worker.” Her current GPA of 4.21 is certainly a testament to all her hard worker. Nolie’s schedule is filled with difficult, and advanced placement courses, plus music, but still she finds time for her greatest love – soccer. She plays soccer for the STHS Varsity team, and a local soccer club. She’s active in student government, and community service clubs; currently serving as senior class treasurer. Her plans include studying statistics in college, and playing soccer. Because she is ranked in the top 4 percent of her class, UC Santa Barbara has notified her that she will be accepted, but she also plans to apply to UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz.

— Megan Roberto: This years ASB President and Varsity Soccer team captain, Megan Roberto, is involved in all aspects of high school life. She’s played soccer all four years and basketball for two. Her greatest accomplishments are starting the high school’s newspaper, and bringing the “Buzz-free” prom to STHS. She is committed to community service. Her GPA of 4.18 is among the best at STHS; she’s in the top 4 percent of her class. Like, Nicole Pierini, she will be accepted at UC Santa Barbara if she chooses, and will also apply to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She plans to study business, and/or English, and will pursue a career helping others. Megan thanks her parents for teaching her the value of hard work. Her soccer coach, Don Borges, calls Megan “…a true leader at STHS”.

— Sara Schwartz: Sara is an energetic, outgoing, determined girl who always has a smile on her face and is intellectually curious. She has focused on achieving high standards in her education and is very proud to hold the 17th place in her class with a 4.06 GPA. She is currently taking AP Calculus. Sara credits her two older sisters, Laura and Becky, both university graduates, for setting the bar for her to achieve to the best of her ability. Sara was the president of the Key Club for three years and is currently the senior class secretary. She is a SMILE counselor and works in committee to train other students to become peer counselors. She has been in the Honor Society every semester. Sara has been developing her tennis skills for 11 years and is a member of the varsity tennis team. Upon taking AP Biology and AP Psychology, she has decided to pursue a career in psychology and will probably specialize in neurobiology. She is applying to Cal Poly, UCSB, UCD, and UCSD. Sara is sure her experience in working with tourists at Camp Richardson and at the Café Alpina will be valuable in her career.

— Michelle Stamme is an accomplished artist and plans to apply that talent in her future career of marine biology. Several of her watercolors have been exhibited at LTCC. Michelle credits her Biology teacher Carla Lezula with igniting her interest in aquatic biology. Her most memorable experiences were working with the otter trainers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and spending time at the UCSC Seymour Marine Lab. Michelle is applying to UCSB, UCSC, Cal Poly, UCSD, and Berkeley. She is well known for her piano virtuosity after 10 years of study with Pam Grant and many performances. It is for her academic achievements that Michelle is most proud; her GPA of 4.16 places her 9th in the graduating class. She has been on the Allstate Academic list for the varsity tennis team for maintaining straight A’s. Other honors include the Golden State Awards for Geometry, Algebra, and Biology.

— Kelly Wysong holds the distinction of being ranked No. 1 in the graduating class of STHS with a GPA of 4.32. As such, she earned the Rotary Youth Leadership award. She also received the American Legion sponsorship to Girl’s State where she participated in mock political simulation and enjoyed meeting students from all over the state. Kelly says that her brother Andrew, currently a student at Berkeley, has most influenced her education and life’s achievements. Kelly is the editor of the yearbook; one of the 18 peer counselors, a trainer in the SMILE program and has volunteered for the Lake Tahoe Reading Council. She is an accomplished dancer who has studied 15 years in the Marcia Sarosik Dance studio; she teaches dance to kindergartners and first and second graders. She started a dance scholarship program that helped 11 dancers defray their tuition costs last year. Speech pathology is her career goal. She plans to major in linguistics at Berkeley, UCLA, UCD, UCSB, Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, or Columbia.

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