When speaking with graduates from the Turlock High School Class of 2014 one thing was obvious, they are ready to pounce on future opportunities.
Leading the Bulldog pack is valedictorian Nicolas Lopez, who encouraged his fellow graduates to build on their experiences at THS and to chase their dreams with flexibility and passion, whatever they may be.
“That’s the fun part about being human. If something doesn’t work out the way we had planned out, we have that ability to build something better, something pure, something that’s all ours,” Lopez said during his motivating graduation speech. “And that’s what we’re doing right here tonight: we’re building. Some of us have already been building; others, they’re just laying the foundation. Either way, by sitting out on this field tonight we are building our dreams, our future.”
Lopez graduated with 4.67 GPA and will be attending Brown University to study mechanical engineering.
ASB President and star football player Jevan Hogan is another graduate who plans to take the ball and run in the future. Next year he plans to play on the field as a freshman defensive back for Chadron State College in Nebraska.
He says his determination was built at THS through outstanding experiences with the Bulldogs sports teams and an encouraging atmosphere supplied by teachers and coaches.
The will to build on the foundation laid at THS for a positive future is contagious. Mackenzie Shamgochian, lead cheerleader and the Turlock Youth Citizen of the Year, will attend the University of Oregon next year to study English — a passion she gained from THS English teacher Daris Kline.
Fellow graduate Trey Smith is another student who plans to build on his experiences at THS. This year he earned a Golden Bear award at the California State Fair in Ag Mechanics.
Next year Smith will attend Modesto Junior College to study mechanical engineering and plans to transfer to Cal Poly.
Aside from his academic foundation Smith says THS helped him to open up to the world.
“I came from a small middle school and at THS you learn a lot as far as academics are concerned, but for me I learned even more about the social aspect of life,” he said.
Perhaps the student who learned the most about the most social aspect of life — speaking to others — was Senior Class Speaker Jonas Trevethan, who this year placed third in the California High School State Speech Association State Speech Tournament
He continued the theme of the class of 2014 and he challenged his fellow graduates to keep improving.
“I want all of you to leave here tonight with the intent to plant at least one single tree when no one is watching—identify your goals in life and constantly work towards achieving them,” Trevethan said. “Don’t expect to be applauded or even recognized for your efforts. And when you think you’ve perfected the planting of one tree or one goal, consider planting a few more, orchards if you wish, and then inspire others to do the same.”
“I believe we’re well on our way to creating opportunities and planting orchards that will make our families, Turlock High School, and our community proud,” he added.
Undoubtedly the THS Class of 2014 will do exactly that. Turlockcitynews.com congratulates the graduates and wishes them the best of luck in the future.
The Turlock High School Class of 2014 is Macie Brooke Adams, Rebecca Mae Adams, Cheyenne Leigh Adney, Angel Anthony Aguilar Blanca Liliana Aguilar, Jose Gabriel Aguilar,Mayra Patricia Aguilar, Jose Alfredo Aguilera, Mayra Vanessa Aguilera, Isaac James Alameda, Rachel Mary Aldax, Misty Ray Alexander, Jordan Nicole Allen, Armando Alvarez, Miguel Angel Alvarez, Justin Amira Ambita, Sargiz Amiri, Ashley Brittany Andrade, Natalia Andres, Anthony Richard Andrino, Cisco Anthony Angeles, Jacob Arguelles, Alexia Mariah Armendariz, Angelo Christopher Armenta, Sydney Boshell Arnold, Alejandro Miguel Ato, Xochitl Jazmin Avalos, Adam Wilson Avellar, Melanie Aime Ayala, Macy Alice Baba, Samuel Timothy Balderas-Briones, Frank Barajas, Devin Michael Barr, Natalie Marie Bartell, Savannah Starr Bartle, Alexzandra Malique Basaldua, Mandip Kaur Bassi, Sukhman Singh Bassi, Sofie Louise Bates, Jenna Beam, Kenneth Nathanial Beard, Rochelle Rose Beckler, Valerie Nicole Belew, Logan A. Bender, Maria Fernanda Benitez Uriostegui, Nicholas Grant Benson. Miranda Kaylee Betts, Cheyenne Theresa Biddie, Jill Renee Bigler, Navedeep S. Bola, Cierra Nicole Booz, Tori Lynn Borges, Devin Christopher Boyd, Spencer Ross Boyd, Jelena Olivia Bravo, Vanessa Bravo, Hosea Timothy Brenda, Mandy Marie Bromley, Ashley Brookins, Jesse Brooke Buchanan, Fabian Buenrostro, Charles Duane Burgess III, Bomani D. Busby, Austin Benton Bush, Elizabeth Liana Butler, Pavitarpal Singh Buttar, Leonel Ulises Caballero, David Gibran Cadena, Dayana Calderon, Chandler Michael Callaway, Coleton Leon Calvillo, Maria Fernanda Cardenas, Monica Cardenas, Fernando Cardenas Morfin, Bryana Christyne Cardona, Woodrow Ellison Carpenter, Juan Carlos Carrillo, Rosa Isela Carrillo Saturnino, Nikko Xavier Cassidy-Lopez, Daniel Ruben Manuel Castaneda, Luis Castillo Melchor, Martin Castorena, Christopher Castro, Dylan M. Castro, McKayla Castro, Vivian Castro, Blake Alan Cederlind, Sierra Monique Ceja, Maria Deysi Cervantes, Melissa P. Chavarria, Israel Omar Chaves, Diana Chavez, Kathleen Melody Chavez, Teo Livingston Chiesa, Cristian Cisneros, Sarah Dawn Colin, Elizabeth Ann Collins, Collin Lee Conner, Fernando Contreras, Trevor James Cook, Gabriel Cornejo, Juan Carlos Cortes Jr., Jerry Cortez, Julia Angelica Cortez, Brianna Kasandra Coslow, Chandler James Cossey, Daniel Aaron Costa, Esai Alexander Covarrubias, Olga Estefania Covarrubias, Courtney Marie Crivelli, Raul Olivarez Cruz Jr., Samantha Danielle Cuellar, Matthew Brett Cumberland, Bryson Anthony Curtin, Sara Elizabeth De Graff, David Del Rio, Eli Savet DeLaTorre, Morgan Taylor DeLay, Jaime Delgadillo, Cristina Anali Delgado, Mariah Monique Delgado, Brooke Hailey Delphia, Menelik Demissie, Kyra Morgan Derdivanis, Belen Diaz, Ana Miriam Diaz-Perez, Amanda Catherine Dilim, Robert Antonio Domingos, Cayla Marie Donahue, Alan Matthew Donley, Rex Quong Gong Doo, Sean Thomas Downs, Elda Cecilia Duarte, Daniel Malcolm Eddy, Eric Gene Christopher Edmisten, Kai Roland Ellberg-Frolund, Nathan Paul Entriken, Devin Makinzie Espinola, Ivan Espinoza, Perla Marbella Esquivel, Jessica Estrada Valladolid, Lorena Estrella, Brady Dempsey Evans, Jason Fagundes, Rachel Anna Falke, Beatriz Maite Farias, Mariya S. Fefilova, Kyle James Ferguson, Victoria Ann Ferrari, Martin James Fittje Wangelin, Arturo Flores, Aladar Emir Fong-Arce, Lisa Marie Fontes, Emily Ann Forgnone, Kenneth Michael Fraser, Quinnton Anthony Frazier, Luke Criswell Frost, Marina Helen Gabriel, Gavin Sean Gaffaney, Connor Drew Gallegos, Stephanie Natalie Galvan Magdaleno, Valentina Gamiño, Iraide Garcia, Noemi Garcia, Priscilla Anahi Garcia, Delaney Garma-Wallace, Richard Gastelum, Beronil Ghatineh, Kyle Virgil Gier, Bianca Angelique Gil, Maricela Esmeralda Gil, Devinia Gilana, Kayla Morgan Gilkison, Isamar Ramirez Gomez, Nicholas Gonzales, Brenda Denise Gonzalez, Elizabeth Margaret Gonzalez, Albert Samuel Gonzalez Jr., Branden Gover, James Edward Gowin, Patrick James Green, Elizabeth Irene Salamon Grobner, Rebekah Joy Groteguth, Ramiro Guerrero, Brandon Guevara Viramontes, Alex Gutierrez, Alexandra Joseline Gutierrez, Kassandra Monique Gutierrez, Vanessa Gutierrez, Rudy Anthony Gutierrez Carlos, Camille Erin Harp, Mason Tyler Harp, Josiah James Harrison, Rachel Danielle Hawkes, Tyler David Hendren, Anaely Jacqueline Hernandez, Angelica Bravo Hernandez, Marcos Marcos Hernandez, Rafael Hernandez, Rafael Esai Herrera, Steven Gabriel Hervey, Hayden William D. Hess, Steffani Ann Kacee Hieber, Madeline Rose Hillis, Noah Boyd Hixson, Jevan Amani Hogan, Nichara Chinnie Holcombe, Cortney Elise Hondeville, Brandon Matthew Horn, Bryce Daniel Horn, Sierrah Nichole Howell, Edwin O. Huerta, Cassidy Kay Humphres, Bryan A. Humphrey, Jagjit K. Hundal, Dominic Zane Jack, Daniel Jackson, Cameron Jaramillo, Brian Allen Jensen, Luiz Enrique Jimenez, Ashley Kate Johnson, Tristan Jones, Arezu Karimi, Jaspreet Kaur, Sunpreet Kaur, Derek Griffith Kitamura, Lea Renee Kneller, Megan Kimberly Krasko, Megan Nicole Krueger, Joseph Allen Landers, Selina Magdalena Lara, Marcus Luis Leandro, Cecilia Yvonne Ledesma, Kaylie Noel Lemon, Marcus Alfonso Louis Linan, Chia-Lun Liu, Maria De Jesus Llamas-Quintero, Vanessa Jean Long, Darren Lopez, Guadalupe Lopez, Jonathan Lopez, Laura Jannet Lopez, Nicolas Michael Lopez, Ricardo Francisco Lopez Martinez, Curtis Lyle Lotspeich, Cameron Merlyn Love, Cesar Andres Lucio, Shauna Rose Lyman, Mark Machado, Luis Macias Jr., Ricardo Madrigal, Andrew Gerard Maldonado, Susana Maldonado, Hector Maldonado Jr., Kevin Scott Maliepaard, Luis Miguel Mancebo, Ruby Ibarra Mancilla, Robert Luis Mann, Adriana Ariel Marquez, Ana Jeanette Marquez, Jacob Daniel Marquez, Cameron Lynai Martinez, Daniel Eduardo Martinez, Steve Abraham Martinez, Oscar Martinez Lopez, Andrew David Mascorro , Brandon Keith McCann, Ricco Christian McCombs, Matthew Reginald Bryant McElroy, Edriana Elsie McGowan, Mathew Benjamin McGowen, Montserrat Estefania Medel Tirado, Alexa Naomy Medina, Alexandra Jauregui Medina, Stephanie Nicole Melara, Dulce Crystal Melchor, Vatianna Marie Melgoza-Miranda, Jennifer Rose Mello, Monica Maria Melo, Francisco Gerardo Mendez, Rosa Maria Mendiola, Ariana Mendoza, Sara Mendoza, Eduardo Mercado Gamez, Dulce Maria Meza Flores, Berayan Mikhtarian, Chelanne Mae Millette, Trenton James Minear, Nanci Carina Miramontes Navarro, Alyssa Nicole Miranda, Savannah Taylor Miranda, Emmanuel Mojica-Espinosa, Kyle James Molidor, Brent Mondragon, Jocelyne Morales Montes, Sidney Walker Moore, Erika Renee Moreno, Juan Carlos Mosqueda, Christian Guadalupe Mulgado, Lexis Taylor Munson, Jamis Preston Murry, Roxana Sarai Navarro, Maryam Ann Nissan, Brandon Joseph Nunes, Nicholas Paul Ogden, Caleb J. Ojeda, Matthew James Oliveira, Lauren Marie Olson, Marisol Ornelas Rodriguez, Albino Orozco, Vanessa Orozco, Victor Ramon Orozco, Leonel Ortiz, Mario Ortiz Jr., Bailey Korin Ortiz-Wetle, Christian Jonathan Oseguera, Katelyn Nichole Ownbey, Rebecca Lynn Panarra, Guadalupe Sanchez Parra, Estephanie Partida, Chad Jay Pattee, Courtney Rikki Patterson, Stephanie Paz-Ortiz, Karina Zulem Penaloza, Abel Perez, Daniel Perez, Eva Elizabet Perez, Yamilex Perez, Kayli Mariah Perry, Briana Nichole Peters, Donald Polanco, Israel Ponce, Bret Daniel Potter, Connor Hamilton Price, Guadalupe Rodriguez Prieto, Tonya Renee Pruitt, Russel Evert Queen, Alejandra Quinto, Marcelino Ramirez, Brianna Annette Raya, Allisa Gaylene Redding-Rhoan, Brian Rendon, Daniel Langston Renteria, Fernando Reyes, Jesse Gregory Richmond, Cierra Dawn Ridley, Kayci Mary Marie Ridpath, Derek Lee Riley, Pahula Trinidad Rios-Berber, Marilena Andrea Rivera, Tina Rachelle Roberts, Rodrigo Elliott Robinson, Violeta Franco Robledo, Cynthia Rocha, David Edward Rocha, Adriana Nicole Rodriguez, Araseli Rodriguez, Mariana Rodriguez, Monique Rene Rodriguez, Victor Angel Rodriguez, Heath Michael Rojas, Angel J. Romo, Holly Noelle Rowe, Hannah Rae Rowley, Alison Lee Rudolph, Alexis Monique Ruesga, Manar Safi, Mayra Alejandra Salazar , Roberto Saldana Jr., Brian A. Salgado Romeiro, Cody Samorano, Raeanna Nicole Sanchez, Rafael Fuentes Sanchez, Maria De Los Angeles Sandoval, Marixa E. Sandoval, Alondra Iracema Santana Mendoza, Elizabeth Areli Santos, Natalie Thomas Santos, Amellia Schoeffling, Bethany Joann Schullerts, Karly Breanne Schumann, Christina Ruth Scroggins, Ryan Segars, Mackenzie Michelle Shamgochian, Ashweta Vandita Sharma, Tiglat Markavar Shomoel, Angelo Enrique Silva, Gilbert Azevedo Silva, Taylor Alexis Montgomery Silva, Johnathan Gabriel Silveira, Joseph Nicolas Sims, Jagveer Singh, Drew Fremont Smith, Trey Phillip Smith, Marissa Ariana Soares, Emmanuel Soriano, Luis A. Soto, Jonathan Raymond Sousa, Adrianna Rose Mary Sparks, Eric Ray Stark, Trevor A. Stevenson, Daniel Christian Stoffel, Gerardo Tapia, Stephanie Tascon, Jillian Mae Temple, Zackary Scott Thomason, David Alan Thompson, Jeremy Elias Thompson, Lidibeth Marialina Tinoco, Jose Dario M. Torres, Jonas Patrick Trevethan, Melisa Paola Trujillo Cobian, Cody Ray Tucker, Robert Jessie Tury, Javier Alejandro Valdez Ruedas, Elizabeth Valdovinos, Jessica Chavez Valencia, Alejandro Daniel Valenzuela, Marcelino Valladolid Jr., Jose Valle, Arasely Celeste Valtierra, Conner James Vance, Marvin Vargas, Danielle Ann Vasconcellos, Andrea Vasquez, Nicole Vasquez, Yadira Lizbeth Vazquez Ruelas, Christina Vela Mora, Jose Oscar Velasco, Antenete Victorino, Steven Ruben Vieira, Ixtaly Berenice Villagran, Evelin A. Villalobos , Diego Abraham Villasenor, Hilary Alexa Villegas, Senjie Wang, Myles Joseph Weigel, Jared Thomas Williams, Tiffani Amber Worsham, Isaiah Timothy Wright, Jeffrey T. Yant, Michael Zabala Jr., Andres Paul Zamora, Natalie Zapien, Victor Geraldo Zaragoza, and Jose Alberto Zavala.
Turlock High School Class of 2014 Senior Class Speaker Jonas Trevethan
“As with any good speech I’ve prepared over the past 4 years, I immediately reached out to those who have more wisdom and experience than I do. Let’s face it, I just became a legal adult 3 months ago and this is my first attempt being a high school graduate, so I didn’t really feel all that prepared to impart final thoughts or “words of wisdom” to any of you. Frankly, I’m not that wise, and I was also hoping to leave here this evening feeling less anxious, more focused, and inspired during our final hour at Turlock High. So I stand before you this evening hoping I can make it happen for all of us.
First, I did what all uncertain young adults do when they want to do their best, share something of value, and make a difference. I called upon the wiser, more experienced people in my life who inspire me to do my best—my mom, my grandfather, Mr. Hoskins, and Ms.V. Of course my mother wanted me to begin my speech with an introduction of an ancient Chinese proverb, most specifically the one that states, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Her interpretation to me was thats it’s never too late to plant a tree and the only boundaries that exist are the ones we’ll create when we tell ourselves, “It’s too late” or “I missed my chance.” My simple understanding comes down to the fact that we all have trees we want to plant, and because we can’t go back in time, we all need to focus on the present moment which is NOW!
My grandfather insisted I include John Wooden’s quote, ‘The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.’ He reminds me of this often because he wants me to make the right choices when he’s not there to help me make them. He whole-heartedly believes that above all else, integrity and hard work are those values that will take each of us far, no matter our interests or journey. He’s taught me that living simple, with a balance of heart and purpose, will get me to where I want to go successfully, and he’s living proof it can happen that way. I believe his advice to be well-spoken.
Mr. Hoskins, my advisement teacher and someone I consider to be an influential mentor in my life was adamant that I include the advice that knowledge must be shared. He constantly reminds me that the more knowledge I have of what’s been done, the more I’ll know what to do when I’m faced with an opportunity or decision to make. He insists that our personal experiences will help others to improve and learn…and I know this to be valid because I benefited from just his mere presence.
And finally Coach. V, my 4-year speech/debate coach, and near-second sister—aunt—mother, provided me with the most valuable encouragement and guidance in preparing this final high-school career speech. She said, “Jonas, speak from the heart and be authentic. Don’t worry about having to state a claim and working doggedly to defend it. Let them see the real you. Share your kind spirit and add some humor so you don’t get emotional; and if you can, smile once in a while.” I took everything she and the others said to heart so my advice is intentionally simple, and a little cliché, because I want all of you to remember it for a very long time. So here goes, Coach V and fellow graduates:
I want all of you to leave here tonight with the intent to plant at least one single tree when no one is watching—identify your goals in life and constantly work towards achieving them. Don’t expect to be applauded or even recognized for your efforts. And when you think you’ve perfected the planting of one tree or one goal, consider planting a few more, orchards if you wish, and then inspire others to do the same. Remember, the most successful of us will be those who are most comfortable in their own skin and utilize their own unique strengths. Every one of us must strive to be the absolute best version of ourselves as we can be, as opposed to being a pale version of someone else. Heck, for most of us, that’s how we’ve gotten this far and done so well doing it.
We’ve all learned a great deal from each other over the past 13 years.Many of us have overcome an obstacle or two because we listened to one another, trusted each other’s advice, and accepted help from wiser, more experienced adults who continue to think we’re something special. I believe we’re well on our way to creating opportunities and planting orchards that will make our families, Turlock High School, and our community proud. Congratulations, Class of 2014—say goodbye to “tank top Tuesdays,” lifeless legs following formal and prom, eating at In-and-Out and Chipotle after sporting events, and straining our vocal chords in the Dog Pound.
Over and out bulldogs, have an unforgettable, final-Friday on bulldog territory.”
Turlock High School Class of 2014 Valedictorian Nicolas Lopez
“The Greatest Graduation Speech I’ve Ever Written… And the Only One.”
“We learn a lot from high school. We learn a great amount of stuff in the classroom and outside of the classroom. We learn about ourselves, relationships, and the world that we live in. One very important thing that I think I have learned throughout my four years of high school is that in order to succeed, we need to be passionate and enthusiastic in what we do. The great Walph Raldo Emerson once said, “nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” We’re all passionate about something. We have those dreams and those aspirations to become whatever we want to be, but in order for these dreams to become a reality, we gotta have that spark within us that nobody else can feel but us. It’s human nature; since we all started grade school, we all knew what we wanted to be. Shoot, I wanted to be a basketball player for the longest time when I was younger. Then I realized that in order to be good at basketball you had to weigh more than 120 pounds, so needless to say my dreams and aspirations changed. That’s the other thing I’ve learned throughout high school: you’re never too late to change your mind, to start from scratch and pursue a totally new dream. That’s the fun part about being human. If something doesn’t work out the way we had planned out, we have that ability to build something better, something pure, something that’s all ours. And that’s what we’re doing right here tonight: we’re building. Some of us have already been building, others they’re just laying the foundation. Either way, by sitting out on this field tonight we are building our dreams, our future. What makes this phenomenon even more spectacular is that we’re all building different dreams; we all have different passions. Whether your passion is body building, bulking, or hunting ghosts, it doesn’t matter much to me. In fact, it shouldn’t matter to anyone else what you’re passionate, because no one else but yourself is going to reach your goals. Christopher Gardner once said, “You got a dream… you gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” It’s important for each and every one of us to remember that we are capable of some incredible things. I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all surprised ourselves with how tenacious and hard-working we are. I can’t tell you what to be passionate about; I can’t tell you what to aspire in. What I can say though is, whatever you are passionate about, whatever you dream about, whatever you aspire to do make sure it’s all yours. Make sure that whatever it is, it is a part of you and no one else. Finally, whatever you dream to become, make sure you’re happy, cuz lets be honest what’s the point of making your dreams a reality if you can’t be happy. Congratulations to the ladies and gentleman of Turlock High School’s graduating class of 2014. We did it.”
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