Graduates take in more than $2M in scholarships

Del Oro High School Class of 2010
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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The Del Oro High School Class of 2010 is a scholarly group and students raked in the scholarship dollars to prove it. Principal Dan Gayaldo estimates that students earned more than $2 million in institutional and community scholarships. He said two students received appointments to the Air Force Academy valued at $450,000 each. At Senior Awards Night, 58 seniors received Magna Cum Laude awards, 45 earned the President’s Education Award, 31 were named Sierra Foothill League Scholar-Athletes, and 21 were recognized by the California Scholarship Federation. Savannah Pingree was the pitcher on Del Oro’s girls softball, but is also a stellar student. Savannah earned a $20,000-per-year academic scholarship to Willamette University in Oregon, which she said is “far enough away, but not too far.” She will be a business major and said she wants to start her own business some day. When asked what she’s looking forward to in college, Savannah answered, “Playing softball.” Elise Verdooner earned a $16,000-per-year president’s scholarship to the University of Vermont. The senior played in the marching band, was the drum major, plays six instruments and is a peer helper. Elise said she plans to major in environmental science and become a pediatrician. “I’m looking forward to meeting new people, but I’m not looking forward to being a freshman again,” Elise said. Peter Weddle earned a merit scholarship of $12,000 per year to the Colorado School of Mines as an engineering major. Peter played water polo and competed on swim team for four years. He’s been involved in leadership and is a member of Talons. “I’m looking forward to growing up and meeting new people in college,” Peter said. Valedictorian Emily Hentschke earned a full-ride scholarship for leadership and academics to California State University Fresno as an honors biology major. Emily played volleyball for four years, soccer for two years, was a class president, Associated Student Body president, a Talons member and was named Girl of the Year. “I’m looking forward to meeting new people and going out on my own and figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life,” Emily said.