San Jacinto High School announces top three seniors for class of 2017

SAN JACINTO – San Jacinto Unified School District’s San Jacinto High School has selected their valedictorian, salutatorian, and historian for the class of 2017 from a list of 466 graduating seniors that will walk in the annual ceremony, June 8, at Tiger Stadium.

Valedictorian Angela Acosta, who earned a 4.5 GPA, will also graduate in June with an associate degree in mathematics from Mt. San Jacinto College. Acosta has been part of the concurrent college enrollment program since the summer of 2015, spending part of each school day on both campuses. She is also a member of Upward Bound where she tutors and mentors underclassmen at San Jacinto High in preparation for college entrance. Upward Bound is a federally-supported program for high school students with the goal to increase the rate participants complete secondary education. Acosta is currently vice president of her high school’s Mecha club, a student-led Mexican-American organization that hosts functions and develops student leaders for meaningful collaborations and conversations. Acosta plans to attend Cornell University to become a pediatric neurologist.

Anneka Manzano was selected as salutatorian and holds a 4.41 GPA. She is also on track to graduate with an International Baccalaureate certificate from the second graduating class from San Jacinto High’s IB program, which is a truly rigorous two-year education that meets international academic standards. San Jacinto High School is the only public school in the San Jacinto Valley approved to offer an IB diploma program. Manzano was a founding member her freshman year and is the current year secretary of the school’s Patriot Tigers club, which was formed to honor military veterans. Manzano was selected as San Jacinto High’s Student of the Month in March, and she has logged in over 228 hours of community service since her freshman year. Her high school experience includes two years on the cross country team and in orchestra. Manzano plans to attend University of California Los Angeles to become an anthropologist.

Katia Talamantez was chosen as San Jacinto High’s historian. She holds a 4.4 GPA and is the manager of the Tiger varsity tennis team. She is the current president of the Patriot Tigers club and the president of San Jacinto High’s National Honor Society. Talamantez is also on track to graduate as an IB diploma candidate and has been the president of the IB club this year. The IB club was established to help students with the financial burden of IB test fees. Talamantez has been a key member of numerous other school clubs, including Particle People, Link Crew, University of California Early Academic Outreach program and Advanced Placement club, as well as being a member of the school’s orchestra for three years. She was a state finalist in 2016 for her National History Day project and a member of the National Honors Society since 2014. Talamantez plans to attend University of California San Diego and study neuroscience to become a career scientist.

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