March 21, 2008

Hilltop High Student wins Governor’s Honor

Genesis Vergara, a 17-year-old student in her senior year at Hilltop High School was honored in Sacramento this week at the Governor’s first annual Academic Recognition Dinner hosted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California First Lady Maria Shriver on March 11.

Ms.Vergara, who is taking 5 advanced placement courses and participates in yearbook, has a college weighted grade point average of 4.61. She has fulfilled a strong commitment to humanitarian causes by logging almost 200 hours of community service as a volunteer at a local hospital and working with the homeless. For the past four years, she has helped raise money for charity as a member of the Interact Club.

“Ms. Vergara exemplifies the best aspirations of Sweetwater students,” said Superintendent Dr. Jesus Gandara. “She has shown herself to be a positive force in the community and her achievements—an excellent GPA, SAT score and volunteer work—showcase how much our students are able to accomplish.”

The Academic Recognition Awards honored 177 top academic students from across California. Students were selected based on having a 4.14 college GPA or higher, SAT and PSAT scores as well as their resume.

“Genesis is brilliant, personable, energetic and humble. She will be a success in whatever field she chooses. This is one student I will seriously miss when she graduates,” said her high school counselor Debbie Gerlack who accompanied the student and her mother to recognition dinner in the state capitol.

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