By Chris Furguson
For many, Graduation is a time for both excitement and apprehension. While students are glad to be out of high school, they also know they’ll miss the friends they’ve made and the teachers and staff that have helped them through their time in school.
This year, the Weekly-Chronicle spent time with five students from the 2010 graduating class from Brawley Union High School to discuss their upcoming school year.
Tyler Steimel, the BUHS Class of 2010 Valedictorian, will graduate with a 4.73 GPA and will attend Occidental College in the fall, studying Pre-Med.
Samantha Miller, the class Salutatorian, will leave BUHS with a 4.53 GPA and will attend UCLA in the fall as an undeclared Life Sciences major. Miller said she would like to go into the school’s pre-med program.
Ruby Ann Cato, who will graduate with a 3.0 GPA, will attend Imperial Valley College with the idea to transfer to the San Diego State University campus in Calexico and hopes to either become an English teacher or go into business.
J. C. Cota, one of the stars of this year’s Brawley Wildcats football team, will also attend IVC with the intended goal of getting a degree in Criminology.
Briana Barajas, who graduates with a 3.83 cumulative, plans on “staying local” and become an elementary school teacher.
Many of the students, in addition to academic studies, had a wide variety of other interests. For example, Steimel and Cota were both members of the Varsity football club in 2009 that nearly went undefeated this year and both were named to the All-League team.
Cota also tied for football team MVP this year and was a member of the school’s track team, placing third at the CIF tournament in the shot put.
Steimel, in addition to his feats as a football player, was a standout first baseman on this year’s Wildcat Baseball team and helped lead his team to an undefeated League record and the playoffs.
For others, the preferred activities strayed from the athletic fields and towards other pursuits. Cato was her senior class’ vice president and a member of the Future Farmers of America. Miller was part of the school’s Mock Trial team as a sophomore and a member of the school’s California Scholarship Federation chapter.
Barajas, who sang the national anthem at last week’s Senior Awards Night, was the BUHS representative at the Girls’ State conference in Clairemont and a member of the CalSOAP program, which helps students get into higher education.
Barajas, like Cato and Cota, will remain in the Imperial Valley to save money.
“I want to stay local,” explained Barajas. “I really want to give back to my community and the people who helped me.”
Cato, the Senior class Vice President, was also a member of the school’s Future Farmers of America and showed feeder calves at the Fair for several years.
Universally, everyone asked said they would miss their friends and the staff at Brawley Union High School, but for those leaving, there is one thing they won’t miss.
“I’m not going to miss the heat,” said both Steimel and Miller, who will be leaving the Valley to attend college.
The Brawley Union High School Class of 2010 Graduation is tonight at 8 pm at Warne Field. Next week’s issue of the Weekly-Chronicle will feature photos from many of the local graduations.