San Jacinto High School announces top ranking students
San Jacinto High’s valedictorian for 2017
Angela Acosta is San Jacinto High’s valedictorian for 2017, has a 4.5 GPA and will also graduate in June with an associate degree in mathematics from Mt. San Jacinto College.
She has been part of the concurrent college enrollment program, spending part of each school day on both campuses, since the summer of 2015. She is active in Upward Bound and is vice-president of her school’s MEChA club. Angela plans to attend Cornell to become a pediatric neurologist.
San Jacinto High’s salutatorian for 2017
Anneka Manzano was selected as salutatorian for San Jacinto High’s Class of 2017, and holds a GPA of 4.41 She is also on track to graduate with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate from San Jacinto High’s second graduating class from the IB program, a two-year program that meets international academic standards.
Manzano was a founding member and current year secretary of the school’s Patriot Tigers club, which honors military veterans, has logged more than 228 hours of community service, and has participated in cross country and orchestra. Anneka plans to attend UCLA to become an anthropologist.
San Jacinto High’s historian for 2017
Katia Talamantez, San Jacinto High’s historian for the Class of 2017, holds a 4.4 GPA, manages the Tiger Varsity Tennis team, and is president of Patriot Tigers club and SJHS’ chapter of National Honor Society, of which she has been a member since 2014. She will graduate as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Candidate and was president of the IB Club, which helps students with the financial burden of testing fees for that program.
Talamantez has been instrumental in other school clubs, including Particle People (Physics), Link Crew (freshman welcome), University of California Early Academic Outreach Program and Advanced Placement Club (fundraising for AP test fees). She played in orchestra for three years and was a state finalist in 2016 for her National History Day project. Talamantez plans to attend University of California, San Diego to study neuroscience.