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Riverbank High Preps For Senior Graduation
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One hundred and sixty-three seniors of Riverbank High School will graduate on Thursday, May 27 in an indoor ceremony billed for the new Fauria Gym and starting at 6:30 p.m.

The school's top scholars chosen to speak at Thursday's ceremony are valedictorians Cynthia Diaz, Natalia Guadalupe Herrera, Maria Del Carmen Pantoja and Stephanie Romero, while Jessica McDonald is named salutatorian.

Diaz belongs to the Leadership Club, Interact Club, California Scholastic Federation and Trinity Club at school besides participating in volleyball and track. Interested in becoming an attorney, she plans to attend Catholic Lutheran College in southern California and study criminal justice and law.

With a GPA of 4.6, Herrera also belongs the CSF besides Math and Science clubs, takes part in track and cross country and will attend University of California at Santa Cruz to study bio engineering and the addition of mechanical aids to the human body.

Pantoja has a GPA of 4.5, belongs to the CSF and Math and Science clubs at Riverbank High and plans to attend California State University Stanislaus to pursue cognitive studies.

Romero boasts a grade point average of 4.16, belongs to the CSF, Hispanic Youth Students Council and the Math and Science clubs at RHS, and plays on the varsity basketball team. She plans to attend California State University East Bay to major in business administration.

McDonald has a GPA of 3.8, participates in volleyball, basketball and track and belongs to the CSF, Interact, leadership and math clubs. After graduation, she is headed for CSU Long Beach to study psychology.

The graduation ceremony will follow the traditional pattern starting with the processional Pomp and Circumstance and parade of the flag by members of the school's Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Associated Student Body President Monica Mendoza will lead the pledge to the flag and Senior Class President Jordan Blevins give the welcome.

After announcement of senior awards and scholarships by Student Counselor Denny Carl, valedictorians Diaz and Romero with salutatorian McDonald will make the opening address, RHS Principal Christine Facella present the Class of 2010 and Riverbank Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ken Geisick accept the class.

Trustees then will present the diplomas, valedictorians Pantoja and Herrera deliver the farewell address and the graduates of 2010 leave the ceremony to the strains of the recessional.