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Del Oro saying goodbye to Class of 2010

These seniors are a 'determined and motivated' group
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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The Del Oro High School Class of 2010 is “determined and motivated,” according to Dan Gayaldo, principal. “They establish clear goals and set a course to achieve those goals and they don’t let any-thing stand in their way,” Gayaldo said, when considering the legacy the students will leave behind. Terry Barker, leadership advisor, said the seniors were “fantastic role models” for the other students. “They stayed connected to the entire school and mentored the other students. They really made an effort. Everything was done with inclusion so that everyone felt a part of what went on,” Barker said. Valedictorian Emily Hentschke has the highest grade point average and will address the class at graduation. Emily is also Girl of the Year and earned a full scholarship to Cali-fornia State University, Fresno. “As a class we’re really strong-willed and ambitious. In the future, the people in our class are going to find their passions, pursue them and be successful,” Emily said. Salutatorian Karla Robinson earned the second highest grades in her class and will also speak during graduation ceremonies. Karla was accepted to the University of Southern California where she plans to major in journalism. “Our class started out as rebellious and not very close. We grew together as we grew up,” Karla said. When discussing leadership style, Gayaldo said the students of the Class of 2010 “were in the trenches and they were managers” as opposed, Barker said, to “just being directors and telling everyone else what to do.” Gayaldo pointed out that the seniors “took ownership that this is their school.” During the senior awards night Dan Lundberg, an assistant principal, pointed out that many families are in financial turmoil because of the economy and the students carry that with them to school. Gayaldo said fellow students responded to those in need. The “kids really pulled together to help each other out. They’ve leaned on each other,” he said. Gayaldo said this class is the most electronically linked group of students the school has seen. He said they started out on Myspace, moved on to Facebook and now text each other constantly. Athletics director Monte White said the Class of 2010 had an outstanding sports year. He said highlights included football wins over St. Mary’s and Folsom high schools, and the game for the section title lost to Rocklin High School. “Our wrestling team kept their streak alive with five consecutive championships and girls basketball earned their sixth championship,” White said. Girls varsity cross country won the only section championship, White said. Girls track won the league and took fourth in sections, while boys track took third. Boys golf won the league title for the first time in 15 years and girls golf team members were again league champs. The girl's softball team claimed their second straight league crown. “Our boys water polo team was second in the section and the swim team set many re-cords and had a number of All American swimmers,” White said. The students of the Class of 2010 now take their strength and determination, both on the sports fields and on campus, out into the larger world.