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Los Altos grads defy characterization

Quirky class of 2014 does not fit the mold

Principal Wynne Satterwhite admitted defeat. She said she spent the last month trying to find a single narrative thread that captured the class of 2014 at Los Altos High School, and at the graduation ceremony on Friday, June 6, she told family and friends of the students that she couldn't do it. There is no one way to describe these students.

Satterwhite said the students have seemingly contradictory traits -- like private extroverts -- and draw inspiration from all over the place, quoting Einstein, Malcolm X, Noam Chomsky and Forrest Gump.

"They have their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground, ready to leave this world better than they found it," Satterwhite said.

Satterwhite said she would include the late Maya Angelou as an honorary member of the class of 2014. She said Angelou defied characterization throughout her life, just like the class of 2014, and would have celebrated the graduates' nonconformity and unconventionality.

"They are and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with, and not everything is black and white," Satterwhite said.

While the graduating class showed off their academic chops with 24 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and an unprecedented number of unweighted 4.0 GPAs, student speaker Meghan McDermott said they may have come up a bit short on things like school spirit. She said their parade floats were voted last place three years in a row, and they were the quietest class at assemblies.

McDermott alluded to coloring books to describe the nonconformity of the graduating class. Though they were taught to color inside the lines, McDermott said they drew outside the lines, and were bold doing it, too.

"They will color over lines and off pages, and vividly color their own futures," McDermott said.

In the same vein, student speaker Derrick Lu compared the class of 2014 to turtles.

"We struggled and fumbled through unusual high school life, like baby turtles clambering on a beach heading to the sea."

Lu compared obstacles like seagulls and crabs to essays on cultural relativism and designing robots to lob giant balls, with no idea what lies ahead. After the metaphorical speech, Lu took a selfie with the class of 2014 on his cellphone.

"We are the turtles of 2014!" Lu told the crowd.

Many of the student graduates decorated their caps with the university they planned to attend in the fall, including seniors Gabrielle Makower and Fiona Stolorz. Makower plans to go to New York University for a career in film and television, and sported a cap with the letters NYU and a little camera on top. Stolorz's cap had a heavily embroidered RISD -- for Rhode Island School of Design -- and said she's thinking about going into graphic design.

The senior issue of the student-run Talon newspaper includes a map of all the places the 2014 grads plan to attend college. Students will attend U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, Duke, Yale and MIT, among other prestigious colleges.

But no matter where they go, graduating student Anica Nangia told the crowd that the class of 2014 broke records at Los Altos, but it won't stop. Nangia said they'll continue to be trailblazers and record-breakers wherever they go.

Los Altos Class of 2014

Alec Aaron

Yuriria Acevedo Perez

Stephen Adams

Daniel Aguilar

Marialena Ahern

Jordan Albert

Michelle Albright

Michelle Aman

Aditya Amatya

Nikolay Anguelov

Victor Arias-Lopez

Elizabeth Arnold

Jessica Arnold

Charlotte Arrouye

Kian Ayat

Emmanuel Badalyan

Emily Baird

Aryamitra Bake

Alexander Barreira

Allison Barreira

Riyana Basu

Elena Beaulieu

Christian Beck

William Becker

Jacob Behar

Francois Bekker

Henrik Berner

Adeline Berrospe

Vikram Bhagat

Matthew Bicker

Elizabeth Bishop

Corinne Blasing

Max Bliss

Marissa Bolanos

Nicholas Bousse

Margaret Branyon-Goodman

Andrew Bray

Lauren Brinsfield

Riley Brocksen

Anastassiya Bronnikova

Maya Brunton

Natalia Buenaventura

Garcia

Lucinda Bustos

Jesus Caballero

Laetitia Cabrol

Jake Caddes

Geovanny Cadena Lopez

Austin Campitelli

Jake Can

Cindy Annalisa Cantu

Gloria Elena Carbajal

Pedro Carbajal-Reyes

Vanessa Cardenas-Diaz

Rosa Carrera Merales

Jovanni Casas

Paige Madison Casas

Christopher Caylor

Faith Chan

Casey Charlton

Abraham Chavez

Alina Jade Chen

Johnny Chen

Max Chi

Brett Chin

Amanda Choy

Royce Chung

Zachary Chung

Jose Cigarrero-Salas

Giordan Moses Clutario

Madeleine Colbert

Elaine Cole

Angel Alfredo Colin Cucano

Marion Cooke

Jenifer Corona

Benie Cortez

Alexander Cortinas

Adrien Costa

Cassidy Craford

Timothy Cyron

Salim Damerdji

Shiktij Dave

Juan De La Torre

Amaani Desai

Rebecca DeShetler

Jennifer Dexter

Alec Diaz

Carmen Diaz

Sophia Drobny

Chase Eller

Paige Eller

Ryan Elson

Alan Enecial

Jared Eng

Sophia Falco

Alexia Falcon

Nicole Falsetti

Matthew Farmer

Peter Farmer

Caleb Farrand

Hunter Ferguson

Bernardo Ferrigno

Tatyana Flemming

Moises Flores

Cody Fowler

Lucas Frangos

Natalie Fredriksson

Eylam Fried

Elizabeth Fuchs

Remy Fujioka

Richard Gao

Barbara Garcia

Jonatan Garcia-Bailon

Kinberly Garcia

Steven Garverick

Jenna Gavenman

Navid Ghomeshi

Kevin Glass

Daniel Golub

Estefani Gomez

Katie Gomez Escobar

Oscar Gonzalez

Abel Gorfu

Zachary Gospe

Julia Goupil

Hannah Gross

HangYi Gu

Terence Hacket

Kelly Hamamoto

Casey Hanni

Yama Hareb

Nathan Hart

Benjamin Hastings

Max He

William Heck

Brandon Hernandez

Dafne Hernandez

Sandra Hernandez

Mayra Hernandez Menjivar

Rodolfo Hernandez

San Agustin

Alicia Herrera

Cynthia Herrera

Katherine Higgins

Brendan Hoffman

Natalie Hollenbaugh

Braden Holt

Jerid Houshmand

Rebecca Hsu

Mike Hua

Mingyi Hua

Jennifer Huang

David Huffman

Sophia Hyver

Margarita Ibrahim

Avery Ikeda

Kacey Incerpi

Trini Inouye

Saumalama Iulio

Jenna Iwamura

Sarah Jacobs

Marissa Jakubowski

Steven Jenab

Amanda Jones

Demia Jones

Haley Jones

Brett Jorgenson

Owen Jow

Malika Kaderali

Spencer Katchman

Kelsey Kawaguchi

Shahab Kayhan

Aingeal Kelly

Namal Khan

Jacob Kidd

Krystal Kim

Rajamani Kinard

Marino Kinoshita

David Klein

Kevin Klein

Hanna Koehler

Lauren Kolyer

Dakota Kratzer

Margaret Kristian

Isabel Kunkel

Jacob Kuo

Yang-Tien Kuo

Bryan Lai

Christopher Lanman

Daniel LaRosa

Lia Lazareva

Anh Thu Nguyen Le

Samantha Le

Alexander Lee

Jeremy Lee

Sabrina Lee

Steven Lee

Yumi Lee Ramirez

Ana Leslie Leon

Arely Leon

Patrick Leung

Cole Limbach

Samuel Lisbonne

Katherine Liu

William Zhuo Liu

Alexander Liua

Ernesto Lopez

Hector Lopez

Zuleyma Lopez

Derrick Lu

Giulia Lubet

Recner Lugardo

Kevin Lynch

Ariel May Machell

Tyler Edward Machell

Sergio Maciel

Dhruv Madhok

Kathleen Maeda

Alejandro Magana Alvarez

Rohan Maghrajh

Aidan Mahoney

Austin Mahowald

Gabrielle Makower

Joseph Malgesini

Shelby Mancini

Alexander Marin

Veronica Mark

Emily Markman

Eric Marshall

Marco Martinez

Lora Maslenitsyna

Leah Mathew

Jesse Mayer

Kelly McConnell

Meghan McDermott

Emily McKinney

Elias Medina

Kavi Mehta

Jessica Mejia

Dolores Melchor

Jovani Mendoza-Fitz

Sireni Menjivar

James Merrill

Peter Millar

Haleigh Miller

Audrey Miller-Foreman

Faaolaina Moli

Loisi Moli

Mia Montanez

Zoe Morgan

Sabina Mori-Sloane

James Morrin

Nava Motamedi

Grant Mueller

Chris Munoz

Jose Munoz

Margaret Munro

Alan Myers

Matthew Myers

Anica Nangia

John Naumovski

Adam Nazak

Matthew Nero

Haley Newman

Kendall Ng

Alexandra Nguyen

Cindy Nguyen

Sheng-Huan Ni

Elizabeth Nichols

Konrad Niemiec

James Oleson

Emma Orner

Manuel Padilla Avila

Naomi Palmer

Sanjana Pandit

Drianne Pantoja

Casey Pao

Hyung Park

Kyung Sun Park

Yashwant Parmar

David Parra

Yashar Parsie

Ofisa Pati

Leonardo Patmore-Zarcone

Armando Paz

Jasmine Pedroza

Aylin Perez

Kevin Perez

Phi Phan

Jeremiah Blue Poblete

Anna Poltrack

Loren Pon

Juliet Porter

Nathalie Preciado

Gabriela Preciado-Rivera

Jendri Hobado Quezada

Ayala

Ina Marie Quijano

Valeria Quintana

Terence Rabuzzi

Surya Ram

Nikhil Raman

Oscar Ramirez

Jennifer Raya

Michael Reil

Roberto Rendon

Consuelo Reyes Lopez

Liliana Rios Alvarez

Carlos Rivera-Solis

Areli Rodriguez

Carlos Rodriguez

Roxanne Rogers

Matthew Ruehle

Victor Ruiz

Peter Salcido

Aryana Salehi

Oscar Santos

Andrew Sargent

William Scheetz

Camille Scheffer

Timothy Scott

Matthew Sears

Patrick Selover

Ryan Seltzer

Amy Shannon

Amanda Shantz

Bhavna Sharma

Nisha Sharma

Kathryn Shaw-Case

Laura Shea

Jeremy Sherrill

Alejandra Silva Buenrostro

Chloe Gabrielle Simion

Emily Sims

Vladislava Skvortsova

Emily Small

Hannah Snee

James Sobrino

Peter Son-Bell

Nathan Soo

Nathen Soto-Perez

Emma Souders

Riley Soward

Marissa Stafford

Michelle Staufenbiel

Helena Steffens

Isabel Steffens

Fiona Stolorz

Jordan Stout

Alexander Stuwe

Brandon Su

Wei-Chi Su

Eina Suarez

John Sullivan

Tony Sun

Monica Sutjipto

Aya Suzuki

Savannah Swan

Angus Taglio

Parmis Taidy

Alexandra Takahara

Adrian Tan

Caroline Tang

Hannah Teter

Christopher Thiem

Taylor Thompson

Kimberlyn Tilley

Dane Tippett

Mirian Tochihuitl Bueno

Jesus Torres

Jose Torres

Tony Linh Tran

Katherine Tritschler

Raag Uppuluri

Jennifer Valadez-Diaz

Casey Vanneman

Louisa Velazquez

Helen Verber

Karan Vohra

Michael Waarts

Gabriella Wachs

Indigo Washington

Maxwell Wilber

Joshua Williams

Sariah Williams

Angelica Wilson

Kira Winner

Katherine Winters

Elise Witham

Madeline Woch

Max Woempner

Arissa Wongpanich

Michelle Wu

Tiffany Wu

Wendy Wu

Kelsey Xu

Tony Yang

Justin Yang

Stephanie Yau

Laura Yedra Ibarra

Katherine Yeh

Alison Young

Yuki Zaninovich

Ranya Zeitoun

Jin Zhang

Yidan Zhang

Elaine Zhao

Lillian Zhou

Michael Zhu

Alannah Zib

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Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

This article and these kids certainly raised my spirits. This world needs all the lively smart kids with lively smart questions we can get.

Go get 'em all of you.


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