Riverbank High School seniors’ scholarships and other recognition totaling over $50,000 were awarded at the yearly ceremony held on Tuesday, May 14, in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium. This was according to Principal Dr. Sean Richey, who presided over the event with Dr. Daryl Camp, Superintendent of the Riverbank Unified School District.
This will be Camp’s final graduating class here in Riverbank as he is departing the district for another job.
Many academic and sports awards were presented to graduating students, in addition to the numerous scholarships that were announced.
Among them were those presented in memory of a past teacher, student or administrator. The Ray Fauria Memorial Scholarship was presented by his son to recognize the first principal of the high school, back when it first opened in 1967. The gymnasium is named in his honor, as well. Another was presented in memory of his wife, Vivian.
Other memorials included the Bright Family Foundation and the Laura CC Peterson Memorial Scholarship. Peterson was a teacher in the Riverbank School District from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, who established the scholarship to recognize the hard work of her students. She became the first female principal in the district.
Also, there were many awards from community groups like California Avenue PTA Alumni, Riverbank Rotary, Bruins Boosters, County Office of Education, and the Riverbank Teachers Association.