Three-hundred-and-forty students will march to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” in front of friends and family, ending their high school careers and taking the first step out into the world.
PHS principal Dave Stubbs said he will remember the class for their willingness to help others by being involved in the school’s Ambassador Program, where older students help incoming freshman get comfortable with PHS.
“This class has also been very involved in the community by giving their free time to make Patterson a better place to live for all of us, “Stubbs said. “They also worked very hard at making Patterson High a place where students feel safe and involved in their school community. They will be missed, but Tiger Pride is as strong as ever and the example they have set for their classmates is their legacy.”
Stubbs said Hejnal and Rodriguez are the “best of the best.”
“Brooke and Edgar have dedicated themselves to their academics at a very early age and are receiving their just reward,” Stubbs said. “They are the best of the best academically and will represent Patterson High School very well in their university careers.”
PHS valedictorian Brooke Hejnal is the 17-year-old daughter of Kathy Young and Kevin Hejnal and has a 4.37 grade-point-average. Hejnal plans to attend the University of New Mexico and major in math.
Hejnal said one highlight of school years was joining Patterson 4-H, which put her into the community and in hands-on activities. The Patterson 4-H market lamb group was really what triggered her to challenge herself and to not fear things.
At PHS, Hejnal’s participation in Kids Helping Kids was definitely a highlight of her high school career. She adds that working with a large group of motivated students really made each of the efforts to raise money for the underprivileged kids of the community worthwhile. When the group took each of the children to the Kohl’s shopping trip, she felt that was a group who collectively impacted the youth of the community.
Edgar Rodriguez, PHS salutatorian, is the 17-year-old son of Valentina and Gustavo Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who has a 4.31 grade-point-average, plans to attend University of California, Berkeley and major in chemistry so he can do medical research.
Rodriguez said that participating in Advancement Via Individual Determination, also known as AVID, allowed him to broaden his horizons, helping him with the necessary steps to get to college and choosing the correct school while at the same time creating a second family with fellow students.
Rodriguez said he likes swimming, an activity he regrets not doing sooner, as he met great friends and had a lot of fun.
Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or firstname.lastname@example.org.