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Congratulations Graduates!

We are proud to share in the excitement of your graduation.

Giovanni Minnite
Foothill High School
Giovanni, we're so proud of the young man that you have become! You've set goals in academics and sports and have achieved them. The road has not been easy, but you have succeeded because of your perseverance and hard work. You have what it takes within yourself to do great things in life. We cannot wait to watch your future unfold at Cal Poly and beyond!
We love you,
Dad, Mom, Sophia, & Matteo
Chad and Cecily Cliff
Amador Valley High School
Congratulations to our graduates Chad and Cecily Cliff. We are so excited to see where life leads you both. With COVID-19, you have had to face one of life's biggest challenges right out of the gates. How you bounce back and what you do from here will pave the road to your future. We couldn't be prouder of you both.
Love,
Mom and Dad
Cecily will attend Boise state in the fall and
Chad will be attending UC Davis.
Kelsey Shinn
Saint Mary's College
You started as a freshman walk-on to the crew team and finished as the team captain and all-WCC rower on full scholarship. You have excelled in the classroom and on the water and have matured into an adult ready to take on the world. Your family is very proud.
Great job Kelsey!!
Taylor Kang
The King's Academy
To our dearest daughter Taylor and the Class of 2020 — Congratulations to you!! We are so proud of all of your accomplishments and we can't wait to see what you all will accomplish next! Reach for the stars! You are resilient, you have persevered and you will do great things! We love you to the moon and back and all the way to Sesame Street!!
Love,
Mom, Dad, Natalie, Matthew and Teddy XO
Julia Gonsman
Amador Valley High School
Julia has played soccer for over 13 years, beginning at Rage ECNL and eventually moving to Mustang ECNL. While on the varsity soccer team during her four years at Amador Valley High School, she was recognized as an NCS Scholar Athlete and earned EBAL recognition every year. Julia ended her high school career at Amador as co-captain, where she led her team to the NCS semi-final. She is excited to continue playing at UC Berkeley!
Lisa Marie DeFeo
University of California, Santa Cruz
Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Bioinformatics.
You've been our pride and joy from the moment you were born.
Over the years you have brought so much happiness through your accomplishments big and small. You've shown how loving, smart, strong and talented you are.
No matter how far you go or wherever life leads, we'll always be beside you with love and pride.
Congratulations!
Dad, Mom, Bob
Tavin Heisig
Foothill High School
We're incredibly proud of you as you graduate and move on to your next adventure at The Citadel! Beyond your accomplishments as a student and as an athlete, we're most proud of your strong character, kind heart, dedication, and desire to help others. You've weathered these unforeseen challenges to your senior year with such maturity, grace, and patience. We're going to miss you when you're away, but we're excited for you!
Love,
Mom, Dad, and Derek
Garrett Newkirk
Amador Valley High School
Congratulations Garrett! We are so proud of you, proud of your successes in school, gymnastics but mostly because of the young man you're becoming. You have so much to offer with your gentle nature, empathy for others and kindness from your heart. You came into our lives letting us learn and grow with you. Do what you love and follow your heart, share your love. Enjoy life!
We love you T.SS.M.
Dad, Mom and Auntie
Riley Purnell
Foothill High School
As you move on to your next adventure, always remember the gifts that you and you alone bring to this world.
And never forget that your family's love and pride are always with you.
ConGRADulations!
Mom & Dad
Emma Loll
University of California, Davis
Emma,
I'm so very proud of this lovely, intelligent, funny young lady and am honored to call her my daughter. She set out on her journey at UC Davis with a full 4-year plan in 2016. Along the way she has been a four year officer of Kappa Alpha Theta, Zeta Nu Chapter. She studied a summer semester at University of Glasgow, Scotland, all while maintaining stellar grades. She graduates, June 12, with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior (Magna Cum Laude) and B.A. in Spanish (Highest Honors). I love you, my little pumpkin, and know you will continue to make your mark in this world.
Love,
Momma
Derek Dressler
Foothill High School
With a heart for service and leadership, Derek relished his high school experience. He was active in seven clubs, We the People, Track & Field and Marching Band, serving as Drum Major. Derek was honored to be Foothill’s PUSD Student Board Member; President of SIAC; Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Class Presidents; and the Student Body President. We are proud of the dedicated, hard working and humble man you have become.
Love, Dad & Mom
Julia Cassandra Pilch
Foothill High School
Congratulations to our little ray of sunshine! Julia, you have grown into the most kind, appreciative, motivated, hard-working, positive and fun young lady. You have worked extremely hard and we are so very proud of all your achievements. We wish you all the success and happiness in the new adventures ahead of you. Keep shining and flashing that beautiful smile of yours!
We love you,
Mom, Dad, Andrew and Trevor
Cordelia Stewart
Amador Valley High School
Congratulations Cordelia! We're so proud of the young woman you've become. You are an amazing student, athlete, artist, sister and daughter and we love you so much. We can't wait to see how you make your literal ink mark on the world.
Sophia Victoria Martinez
University of California, Santa Barbara
She had the tenacity, determination, and diligence to achieve something special. Today we got the wonderful opportunity to announce Sophia's graduation, Class of 2020, from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Digital Marketing. She exceeded all our expectations and we are beyond proud. Sophia, your family loves you and we are excited for your next adventure! Go Gauchos!