The class of 2020 will go down in history for several reasons, but in the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD), there are a few top students who deserve an extra spotlight.
The SBCUSD Class of 2020 proudly boasts three African American valedictorians from three different high schools. All three will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Delta Rho Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.
Kyla Duhart is not only Indian Springs High School’s first African American valedictorian; she is also a student board of education member and a future SBCUSD math teacher. It’s no surprise that several colleges and universities were eager to welcome Duhart, including Grand Canyon University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, but she is planning to attend Azusa Pacific University and earn her teaching credential.
San Gorgonio High School has three valedictorians this year: Matthew Jackson, Jeffry Umana and Henry Luu. Prior to Jackson attending San G, Jackson was a student at Rodriguez PREP Academy. In the future, Jackson will be attending the prestigious Stanford University where he will study electrical engineering to prepare for a career in the renewable energy industry.
Umana plans to graduate with a double major in political science and history and a minor in either Latinx/Central American studies or psychology. He plans to attend law school and practice constitutional law before serving in public office, preferably in Congress, and at the end of his career, teach at the high school or college-level.
Luu was accepted to the following colleges: USC, UC Berkeley, UCI, UCSD, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, SDSU, Cal Poly Pomona, CSUSB. He will be attending the University of California, San Diego.
Future computer engineer Randy Medley Jr. is one of Cajon High School’s valedictorians. In addition to earning top grades, Medley also maintained perfect attendance since kindergarten. He could have attended Pepperdine University or Texas A&M University, among others, but he has decided on USC. For Medley, being named valedictorian is “a victory dedicated to my late father.”
Two sets of twins also earned the highest accolades available to a graduate.
Twins Ryan Daniel Chapin and Trevor Allen Chapin are among the nine valedictorians from Cajon High School. Ryan Chapin will be attending the University of California, Irvine with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Trevor Chapin has set his sights on earning a degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and becoming a research neuroscientist.
At Pacific High School, Valerie and Vanessa Gonzalez-Caloca took the one and two slots at the top of the Class of 2020. Valedictorian Valerie Gonzalez-Caloca was accepted to more than a half-dozen universities, but she has decided to attend the University of California, Riverside. Her goal for the future is a career in environmental science. Salutatorian Vanessa Gonzalez-Caloca is planning a career in medicine. In addition to liking science, she is also a musician. Some of her favorite high school memories include playing the violin as part of the orchestra.