San Jacinto Unified Announces Top Scholars in Class of 2020


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San Jacinto Unified School District’s San Jacinto High School has announced their Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Historian for the Class of 2020, from a list of 572 graduating seniors that will be honored in a virtual graduation ceremony on June 4, 2020. The district’s alternative schools Mountain View High and Mountain Heights Academy have announced their top scholars for the Class of 2020, from their list of 131 graduates (and still growing), each being honored with a personal video from their Principal and featured in a collective video to be shared by the end of May.

Jason Millhiser is San Jacinto High’s Valedictorian for 2020, with a weighted GPA of 4.5714, and part of the Gold Honor Roll with GPA 4.0 or above all four years of high school. Jason participated in track and field as a junior and senior. He dedicated much of his non-academic time with community volunteering at Valley-wide Recreation and Parks District and in the Heroes on the Water program, an alternative therapeutic program for veterans, active-duty military, first responders and their families. Jason plans to attend California Polytechnic State University for Business Administration.

SJHS Salutatorian for the Class of 2020 is Catherine Moua, with a weighted GPA of 4.5667, and dual enrollment in courses at Mt. San Jacinto College since the summer before starting her sophomore year. Catherine participated in volleyball and tennis, Academic Decathlon, ASB and a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. She completed over 71 hours of volunteer service and has been continually active with the Banning Hmong Community. Catherine plans to attend University of California Irvine to study nursing.

Mohammad Amjad, SJHS Historian for 2020, has a weighted GPA of 4.5111 and completed his senior year with more than 170 hours of documented community service. He has been the President of SJHS’s Upward Bound, a federal supported program for high school students to increase the rate participants complete secondary education and earned their Greatest Role Model Award this past year. Mohammad participated in track and field and completed the year as Varsity Captain for cross country. He plans to attend University of California, San Diego in the fall.

Olutoyin “Toyin” Oyefeso, Mountain View High’s 2020 Valedictorian with a GPA of 3.37, is known to her teachers as one of the most persistent, capable, and honest students they have met. Toyin is said to approach her academics with intelligence, humility, and an overwhelming desire to achieve, which should propel her to be successful as she moves on to life beyond high school, beginning with attendance at Mt. San Jacinto College.

Mountain View High’s Salutatorian for 2020 is Sara Marie Steinhoff, with a GPA of 3.06, and preparing for attendance at Georgia State University in the fall. Her teachers note that Sara has done amazing things, despite some difficulties in life, including pushing herself to graduate an entire year early. “She is meticulous and does not settle for anything less than her best,” stated one of her instructors.

Jason Millhiser

Mountain Heights Academy’s Valedictorian for the Class of 2020 is Ysabel Ibarca, with a GPA of 4.10. She is known on the campus for her soft-spoken style as well as being a hard worker, which allowed her to excel in honors-level courses and acceptance to University of California, Santa Barbara. Her teachers shared that her work is high quality and she will be a great success in college and beyond.

Jovanny Herrera is Mountain Heights Academy’s Class of 2020 Salutatorian, with a GPA of 3.92, and plans to attend Mt. San Jacinto College in the fall. He was a four-year member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council and an instructor for other students using Raspberry Pi for computer coding.

Jovanny has also been recognized for his accomplishments in the school’s Video Production Team.

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