Rio Mesa grads leave behind fond memories, accomplishments

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Evelyn Rivera
Inspired by her mother, Evelyn Rivera plans to further her education with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.

The 17-year-old learned the value of education and hard work from her mother, who, unable to speak English and frustrated with low pay and backbreaking work in the strawberry fields, learned the language and obtained a certificate as a doctor’s assistant.

Evelyn mirrors her mother’s resolve and work ethic—she’s volunteered with several organizations, including Anacapa Island Restoration project, and has won many academic and leadership awards, including recognition for dedication and exemplary volunteer service from a Camarillo hospital.

Balbina Olguin
Balbina Dominguez Olguin could probably move mountains if she wanted. The determined 18-year-old expects to graduate with a second diploma, from the International Baccalaureate program, a two-year curriculum with many college-level courses.

Balbina struggled with English but credits teacher Lori Wrout with inspiring her to commit to academic excellence.

Balbina plans a career as an immigration lawyer and was a member of the school’s mock trial team. She’s also flexed her mental muscles as a two-time Knowledge Bowl participant.

She is a member of the invitation only National Society of High School Scholars and has devoted hundreds of hours to community service.

Victoria Turney
Leadership should be Victoria Turney’s middle name. She’s received numerous accolades from the Girl Scouts for this talent, including a spot at a New York conference.

Victoria, 17, took the gold at a Super Quiz competition and the silver in the Academic Decathlon, where she was English team captain. Her influence extends to music. She was trumpet section leader of Rio Mesa’s Marching Band and band council treasurer.

Victoria heads to Fresno State to study social work, inspired by her mother and teachers, who taught her to value individuality, to support opinions with compelling arguments and to believe any achievement is possible.

Daniel Corbett
Daniel Corbett, 17, has thirsted for knowledge most of his life.

His father, a college history professor, often brought Daniel to class with him. Immersion in higher education motivated him to excel in school.

He was co-captain of Rio Mesa’s award-winning teams at the Geo Bowl and Knowledge Bowl. Daniel led his World Quest team to two championships.

He earned honors status in the Advanced Placement classes he took in high school and a lifetime membership in the California Scholastic Federation for high and continuous academic achievement.

Daniel co-founded the student chapter of Amnesty International. He plans to study bioengineering in college.

Justin Bishop
Justin Bishop has beaten the odds.

Diagnosed with a brain tumor at a young age, Justin didn’t allow the illness to hold him back in school.

He counts finishing high school as his greatest achievement.

The 18-year-old has earned a Bogart HOPE college scholarship for cancer survivors.

But his fight with the illness isn’t over.

Justin’s helped raise money for research by participating most of his life in an annual relay and by joining Rio Mesa’s Spartans for a Cure club.

Justin plans to major in English and hopes to inspire other cancer victims through a writing career

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