Pleasant Grove High School News
Dear PGHS Families,
As the 2018-19 school year winds down, PGHS is preparing to say good-bye to a very special group of seniors. The graduating class of 2019 is diverse in their interests, skills, and talents; however, there are a few common themes at the core of this amazing group of young people. Over the course of the last four years, this class has earned a reputation for their inspiring leadership and for setting a positive tone on our campus.
To begin, I would like to say "thank you" to this senior class for modeling dedication, kindness and compassion to those around them. They modeled these characteristics in a variety of ways. For example, they joined organizations and charitable groups whose mission was to make a difference. This class has a reputation for reaching out to help people who need a little extra support. These student leaders also consistently contributed to PGHS and donated hundreds of hours to a variety of school and community activities.
The class of 2019 has had a positive impact on both PGHS and the surrounding community. Their commitment to be their best helped our school achieve the 2019 California Distinguished School status. Students in the class showed compassion and concern for others when they raised $14,500 for the Paradise Prom and then organized the entire event. This group of seniors demonstrated insight and leadership when they formed the PGHS Unity Group and helped raise awareness of equity issues on our campus. Eagle Force Robotics won the 2019 Engineering Inspiration Award for lending a helpful hand to their fellow robotics teams and for their outreach to elementary school children interested in robotics, resulting in their $5,000 entry fee to the world competition paid for by NASA. In addition, the 2019 Key Club earned over $8,000 and then donated it to charity. These feats are just some of the many accomplishments of this class. The class of 2019 is truly an extraordinary group, and they have left their mark on campus.
In closing, I want to express from all of us at PGHS, what a pleasure it has been to work with this remarkable group of seniors and their families. These students’ dedication, skills, and talents have inspired us all. This senior class has created a unique footprint on our campus for which we will be forever grateful. In Barack Obama’s inspirational words, “The future belongs to young people with an education and an imagination to create" (Barack Obama). As this graduating class prepares to take their next step and make their next mark…we at PGHS will be watching with great excitement to see where their imagination takes them!
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela
Thank you for your ongoing support of PGHS!
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Golden State Seal Merit Diploma Winners
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the California Golden State Seal Merit Diploma!
The Golden State Seal Merit Diploma is awarded to students who demonstrate a superior level of performance in English, mathematics, science, and U.S. History on Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, course grades, and/or results from assessments produced by private providers.
Upon completion of graduation requirements, qualifying students will receive a Golden State Seal Merit Diploma gold-embossed insignia affixed to their high school diploma. A black and white insignia will be attached to the student’s transcript as well.
Overall, 271 students at Pleasant Grove High School qualified for the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma in 2019.
2019 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma Winners:
Tyler Afana -- Miranda Agustin -- Keilani Aldrete -- Maryclaire Allen -- Hira Alvi
Austin Anderson -- Lauren Anderson -- Nina Andrade -- Darren Animo -- Ekaterina Antimirova
Maria Arellano -- Isabella Asuncion -- Sarah Avila -- Hebah Awwad -- Cameron Banghart
Ryan Banh -- Anthony Bao -- Lena Barbieri -- Tia Batakji -- Karl Bautista -- Brendan Beckstaiger
Jorden Benson -- Aneisa Berrado -- Mert Beyazyildirim -- Emanuela Bisic -- Joseph Blakely
Joseph Borlak -- Sydney Brazzle -- Kyle Brown -- Jayden Bryant -- Cristian Buenrostro
Autumn Bui -- Andrew Bulanin -- Abigale Bulaong -- Brendan Burke -- Bazel Butler
Crystal Butts -- Jonathan Calvo -- Tiffany Cam -- Anthony Campbell -- Cassandra Caton
Alyssa Cha -- Puneet Chahal -- Leslie Chao -- Michael Chao -- Tiffany Chao -- Henry Chung
Matthew Chung -- Gabriel Clark -- Daryl Conner -- Zachary Coopwood -- Justin Corliss
Abigail Corpuz -- Teressa Cortez -- Zachary Cuellar -- Katelyn Cuneo -- Anthony Dailly
Trucvy Dang -- Ayah Dawud -- Nimrat Dhaliwal -- Jason Dhami -- Summer Dietz
Daniela Dolar -- Aidan Dunn -- Amarachi Duru -- Mansi Dutta -- Faith Eigenman
Oscar Escobar -- Aleigha Espejo -- Caleb Fajardo -- Alisha Fang -- Nailah Fatima
Rachel Floresca -- Garrett Fong -- Lukas Fong -- Tyler Forbeck -- David Fowler
Alexander Frank -- Isabel Fregoso -- Pradyumna Ganesh -- Logan Gee -- Isabella Gepilano
Jack Gignilliat -- Claire Gillaspie -- Ashley Glaser -- Jake Goard -- Morgan Goins
Haley Gomez -- Mia Gonzales -- Caitlyn Gonzalvo -- Alyssa Gorman -- Leah Granado
Kelly Griess -- Dominic Grossi -- Ireland Grubbs -- Catalina Gutierrez -- Nathan Hastings
Catherine Hatcher -- Abigail Hernandez -- Jose Hernandez -- Victoria Ho -- William Horner
Alexander Huber -- Paige Hughie -- Katrina Huhtala -- Justice Hunter -- Bill Huynh
Riley Immoos -- Sanchit Jain -- Jada James -- Abbas Jammal -- Allison Jones
Winston Jones -- Derrick Jow -- Angelo Karam -- Alexis Karnow -- Brock Kearnes
Sofia Khan -- Daniel Kim -- Jason Kim -- Tristan Kong -- Sarah Kraemer -- Rohan Kumar
Megan Labrado -- Deviah Laluan -- Natalie Lam -- Maya Langford -- Isabelle Lao
Madeline Larson -- Maikolo Latapu -- Maree Lawler -- Kathy Le -- Wendy Le
Cameron Lewis -- Christine Lewis -- John Ligaya -- Maija Linville -- Keying Liu
Emery Lor -- Yi Lu -- Jonathan Ma -- Cali Madsen -- Rainier Madsen -- Jack Mannion
Araceli Marquez -- Alexis Martin -- Cesar Martin -- Fernanda Martinez -- Surina Marwaha
Laenie Mateo -- Zender Matsumoto -- Miles Mc -- Rachel McAlister -- Bryson McArn
Skyler McBride -- Madeline McClain -- Alyssa Mejorado -- Natalie Moore -- Tavai Moors
Kolby Morgan -- Sabrina Moua -- Payton Mullaney -- Anthony Munoz -- Brenna Myers
Nicholas Myers -- Megan Ngo -- Viet Nguyen -- Benjamin Nguyen -- Brandon Nguyen
An-Thuan Nguyen -- Khoa Nguyen -- Daniel Nguyen -- Don Nguyen -- Katelyn Nguyen
Kim Nguyen -- Matthew Nguyen -- Ryan Nguyen -- Khyla Nichols -- Margarita Niemann
Donovan Niven -- Severiano Nocon -- Greta Nunley -- Brendan O'Connor -- Rylan O'Keefe
Mohammad Othman -- Arvind Padda -- Kaylie Pak -- Amanda Pangilinan -- Anjolie Pascual
Immauri Patterson -- Jeffrey Pealer -- Abhi Pegany -- Natalia Perez-Ponce
Brendan Perkins -- Keegan Persson -- Breanna Pettit -- Alexander Pham
Kenneth Pickrel -- Anne Pizarro -- Alexis Pland -- Benjamin Quang -- Banoo Rafiqzada
Emmely Ramirez -- Anya Ramsamooj -- Bianca Ramsey -- Jasmine Randhawa
Alexander Ray -- Shaelynn Reed -- Justin Restani -- Michael Ringgold -- Riley Routh
Hailey Rupiper -- Tristan Sanchez -- Priya Sandhu -- Yasmin Saqqa -- Andrew Schwartz
Sukhraj Sekhon -- Marion Semana -- Abenezer Shankute -- Patrick Shu -- Sara Sijelmassi
Gurpreet Singh -- Japkaran Singh -- Moses Slivinskiy -- Macy Smith -- Joseph Sou
Elizabeth Spencer -- Samantha Stephan -- Sergio Sumpo -- Simon Sung -- Sara Tang
Lily Teague -- Joseph Telford -- Sierra Tesch -- Paul Thach -- Nicholas Thompson
Riley Tishlarich -- Charles Tollner -- Darren Tran -- Vivian Tran -- Justin Trang
Devin Trillo -- Ellis Truong -- Rachel Tussing -- Veronica Valera -- Athena Velasco
Josephine Viegas -- Isabella Villa -- Edgar Villanueva -- Jasmine Viloria
Amolak Virk -- Elizabeth Vong -- Megan Voong -- Seth Vruvides -- Victoria Waddell
Connor Walton -- Alvin Wang -- Brian Warouw -- Rose White -- Samuel Whiting
Isiah Williams -- Mia Womack -- Kevin Wong -- Nicholas Wong -- Jamie Wu
Jason Wu -- Alexander Wysong -- Troy Yamashiro -- Yi-Leh Yen -- Shelby Young -- Yusuf Zarif
Elk Grove Auto Mall 2018-2019 Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive
Even though PGHS does not have a gymnastic team, we still have a few outstanding gymnasts who attend Pleasant Grove High School. Marisa Zepeda & Vickie Ho qualified for the Western Nationals to be held in Spokane, WA. Well done, ladies!
1st Annual Parent & Community Member Appreciation Banquet
Regional Elementary Schools visit PGHS CTE Programs
PGHS Polynesian Club hosts a Luau
PGHS 9th and 10th Graders welcome Kevin Bracy
Educator of the Year - Dawn Grovhoug
Congratulations to PGHS Counselor, Dawn Grovhoug for being selected as 2018-19 EGUSD Educator of the Year
PGHS Polynesian Club hosts a Luau
Hmong night-hosted by the PGHS Hmong Club
Katie Cuneo officially signs with the University of San Diego for track and field
Vaping, Why Should We Care?
Eagle Force Robotics
Attending the World Championships in Houston, the team did a phenomenal job in competing in the Newton subdivision. The team overcame some very challenging obstacles, and was chosen by the 3rd seed alliance. Eagle Force competed well in the quarter finals, and moved on to compete in the semi-finals in our Newton division. This was a historical achievement, as we had never made it to the semi-finals in our division before. While we were not able to move past the semifinals, EagleForce did receive the Gracious Professionalism award.
There is a definition of what Gracious Professionalism is at the following link:
Excellent work to our EagleForce Robotics team- yet another successful year for the history books!
FFA State Champions!!
This past week the 91st Annual State FFA Leadership Conference took place in Anaheim. Over 7000 students participated, including 20 from Pleasant Grove.
At the event a multitude of “State Final” competitions took place. One of the State Finals we participated in was the Agriscience Fair, recognizing middle and high school students who are studying the application of scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises.
Here are a few of the top results:
State Champions: (and potentially representing PG and all of California at the National Competition)
- Audrey and Charlotte Spencer: The Effects of Safe-Guard on Gastrointestinal Parasites (EP3G) Numbers - Animal Systems (AS) Division IV – Novice Team
- Maya Adams: The Effects of Consumer Preference on Organic and Traditional Produce - Social Systems (SS) Division III – Novice Individual
- Kalena Tran and Hailey Lim: The Effects of Muscle in Motion of Broiler Muscling - Animal Systems (AS) Division II - Discovery Team
Excellent work-we are proud of you!
All Star Eagles Soccer Game
Camaraderie, competition and compassion describe PGHS's All Star Eagle event. On Thursday, April 11 during Advocacy, our famous All Star Eagles played in an intense soccer game. Students representing the ILS & Pathways classes have been involved in intensive soccer training for the past few months alongside their general ed peers preparing for this exciting event. The teams were coached by our dynamic PE teachers, Tara Keegan, Sean Waddle, and Jordan McDougal. Athletic Director Bruce Belden was the referee and students Bella Merrihew and Keilani Aldrete were the student coaches. This event is unique to PGHS and we look forward to hosting it twice a year.
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Thank you, in advance, for your support!