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Alyssa Johnson
Alyssa Johnson
Indicating ď14Ē with their fingers, three graduates proudly show they are members of the Fallbrook High School graduating class of 2014.
Indicating ď14Ē with their fingers, three graduates proudly show they are members of the Fallbrook High School graduating class of 2014.
Fallbrook High School Class of 2014 Salutatorian, Deanne Do addresses her classmates at graduation on May 29.
Fallbrook High School Class of 2014 Salutatorian, Deanne Do addresses her classmates at graduation on May 29.
Diploma in hand, a graduate looks across the large crowd present at the graduation ceremony for the Fallbrook High Class of 2014.
Diploma in hand, a graduate looks across the large crowd present at the graduation ceremony for the Fallbrook High Class of 2014.
A graduate smiles with happiness during the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2014 at Fallbrook High School.
A graduate smiles with happiness during the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2014 at Fallbrook High School.

Fallbrook High School 2014 Valedictorian understands the value of time


Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Issue 23, Volume 18.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor
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"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." -- Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings

Fallbrook High Schoolís 2014 Valedictorian, Alyssa Johnson, 18, used her time wisely and as a result, emerged at the top of her class, with a 4.45 grade point average.

"Iím very diligent; when I get my mind on something, I complete it," Johnson explained.

Johnsonís evident success with time management allowed her to keep up with a schedule comprised completely of Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors classes and be a member of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) throughout her high school years.

"At times, especially in my sophomore year, I felt like I was drowning in homework," said Johnson. "Doing the homework, getting the grades, keeping up; the pressure to succeed is overwhelming at times."

Johnsonís lifeís experiences have also taught her the value of time. With her father in the Marine Corps, last year was especially challenging for the familyís only child.

"In 2013, my Mom battled breast cancer," said Johnson. "However, now she has finished treatment and is doing well. It was just a very difficult thing to get through and still maintain my grades."

Johnson said over her life she has become accustomed to her Dadís travel with his work and it has just been part of everyday life. "My Dad hasnít been around a lot, but thatís all you know when you are military," she said.

Carrying five AP classes her senior year, Johnson said the best part was, "I loved all my teachers. I have never had a teacher at Fallbrook High that I didnít like."

Post graduation, Johnson said she will pursue a bachelorís degree in mathematics at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She made the decision in her junior year of high school after being impressed with a math teacher.

"My math teacher Mr. (Bill) Lenaway inspired me," she said. "I really loved the way he taught and wanted to know math the way he did. It was very impressive to me. I knew then that I wanted to do something with math."

Johnsonís friends played a key role in supporting her success as well.

"All the people Iíve met in high school, my friends, we have grown together," she said. Johnsonís friends and closest peers were the group of 40 to 50 AP/Honor students that she shared all her classes with.

"We were a close knit group," said Johnson. "We all understood what each other was going through. We stuck together the whole time."

When asked what advice she would give to incoming high school freshman, Johnson said, "Donít compare yourself to anyone else. Just compare yourself to how you were yesterday."

When Johnson gave the keynote speech to her fellow 2014 classmates at the schoolís May 29 graduation ceremony, she focused on the connection between responsibility and success. "Weíve accomplished so much – between school, family and world matters, that we have learned we are responsible for our own success," she said.

Johnson said she is ready to move on toward her next goal – of attending a top school within a close proximity to home – when she starts at UCSD in the fall. Even better, her best friend, Christina Oh, will attend the same university.

While Johnson enjoyed serious extra-curricular activities like being a member of the Fallbrook High School academic team, volunteering with Operation Smile, and tutoring younger students during her high school years, she found pleasurable escape from the everyday complexities of life in her favorite hobby – reading.

"I really like fantasy novels and my favorite is "Lord of the Rings," she said. "I like it because it is not realistic; itís not something you see in everyday, normal life."

Johnson has endeavored to make everyday life well-planned and used her time wisely, which has resulted in success beyond the norm. Or, as succinctly stated in The Lord of the Rings...

"Allís well that ends better." -- J.R.R. Tolkien


GRADUATION LIST

Kayla Mae De Ocampo Abille

Rhiannon Lyn Adair

Nicholas Adams

Alyette Janine Afont

Maribel Aguilar Bartolo

Alfonso Alcantar

Fernando Alcaraz Cervantes

Kayla Erin Aleman

Madison Claire Ann Alexander

Hailey Grace Allen Sanders

Steven Altamirano

Jeam Kamylle Apostol

Bo Malik F. Aranda

Anthony Paul Arellano

Viridiana Arevalo

Katrina Bonifacio Argamosa

Armando Arias

Amy Stacey Arias Aviles

Brian Joseph Arnold

Madison Paige Ashbrook

Jorge Avelar

Crystal Francine Avila

Freddy Avila

Krisly Michelle Badilla

Anthony Devin Baker

Alfredo Banda Ruiz

Joellen Analysse Banks

Maria Alicia Barajas Farias

Samuel Lee Barclay

Beverly Barbara Barnes Smith

Hayden Lee Barnett

Cruz Barrera Torres

Juan Carlos Basave

Serena Ann Batali

Jeauna Corina Bell

Rachel Tasha Bell

Austin Cruz Berain

Roxanne Nicholette Beye

Caroline Elisabeth Bishop

Mason Richard Bolduc

McKenna Carly Boyer

Morgan Keely Brown

Kevin Nicholas Burroughs

Hunter Ernest Warren Burshteyn

Jaime Antonio Cachero

Guadalupe Marlene Calixto Bernardino

Viridiana Cancino

Fernando Carapia

Emily Susana Casillas

Ashley Hanizitzi CastaŮeda

Joseph Benjamin Ceja Duro

Raul Cerda

Hannah Camille Christiansen

Cheyenne Marie Churuti-Powers

Tyler Kristian Clark

Katherine Addy Clay

Elizabeth Shannon Collier

Luis Colores

Casey Jay Colvin

Alejandro Contreras

Gabriel Manuel Contreras

Jose Enrique Contreras

Tervino Cordova

Misrail Correa

Gerrylyn Grace Perez Cortado

Gilberto Cortes

Salvador Cortes

Teresa Cortez

Morgan Marie Costa

Dylan Lee Crowell

Abel Cruz

Amanda Jean Cunningham

Chet Alan Curtis

Ricardo Damian

Jordan Erica Danso

Travis Nicholas Darrah

McKaylyn Dawson

Jonathan Daza

Annay De Los Santos

Sharay De Los Santos

Jacqueline De Los Santos Encarnacion

Alexander Delgado

Derek Arthur Deming

Jacey Alice Denny

Ryan Morton Dewhirst

Alonso Raul Diaz

Justina Marie DiBacco

Mario Alexander Diez

Angela Christine DiMercurio

Matthew Antonio Diogo

Deanne Thaomy Do

Ivan Domingo

Elsie Isabella Dominguez

Sinhai Dorantes

Sho Robert Douglass

Kierstin Claudette Dowden

Hailey Marie Drew

Garrett Patrick Duncan

Taylor Michelle Louise Duncan

John Duong

Johni Michele Durbin

Meagan Gentry Edgar

Michael Garrett Edgar

Danielle Elaine Eells

Brittney Amanda Eldridge

Ryan Lee Elliott

Joshua Douglas Ellithorpe

Osvaldo Ernesto Escobar

Martin Antonio Escobedo

Oscar Daniel Escobedo

Jonathan Espinosa

Daysy Elena Espinoza

Ines Guadalupe Espinoza

Keyla Sammay Espinoza

Cynthia Jasmine Espinoza Caudillo

Alejandro Estrada

Marco Paul Estrada

Valeria Castillo Estrella

Anthony Joseph Fadaol Jr.

Amanda Chase Rodriguez Fausto

Rosa Citlati Favela

Anne Marie Ferrer

Tessa Maryse Fieri

Ashley Figueroa

Linette Flores

Ruby Elizabeth Flores

Amanda Catherine Foster

Elbira Francisco

Nicholas Martin Gambino

Francisco Javier Garcia

Jeanine Ashley Garcia

Natividad Lorenzo Garcia

Nicholas Joel Garcia

Sabrina Garcia

Gerardo Eduardo Garcia Aviles

Andres Garcia Garcia

Melissa Marie Gibson

Claire Louise Ginther

Sarah Lillian Girgis

Eleazar Gomez

Enrique Galindo Gomez

Leidy Milena Gomez

Elva Leticia Gonzalez

Johnathan Whitaker Gonzalez

Josue Leobardo Gonzalez

Santiago Urisdel Gonzalez

Vanesa Gonzalez

Kevin Ulises Gonzalez Gollaz

Christian Thomas Gordon

Deanna Alisa Gordon Anderson

Sarah Rose Grantham

Miranda Ashley Gravett

Elizabeth Anna Greenfield

Ariel Jewel Gregory

Briseida Guzman

Hayden Levi Haldi

Madison Jana Hanson

Paul Bentley Harriman

Brad Richard Harris

Quinn Thomas Harrison

Talyon Robert Herman

Christian Alexander Hernandez

Claudia Berenice Hernandez

Jose Leonardo Hernandez

Roberto Hernandez

Viviana Hernandez

Rene Francisco Hernandez Herrera

Anthony Alexander Herrera

Heidi Herrera

Aaron Scott Higginbotham

Lauren Sumiye Hirota

Griffin Richard Hitchcock

Joseph Anthony Hoak

Logan Paul Hofrichter

Amanda Kay Holtz

Brooke Renee Hranek

Benjamin James Huff

Tobias William Hughes

Kaitlyn Cheryl Iacobacci

Michele Selena Iniesta

Drake Michael Jacobsen

Lindsey Livier Jaime

Alexandra London James

Dylan Thomas James

Jonathan Adrian Jara

Rolando Antonio Jesus

Alyssa Lene Johnson

Cori Faye Johnson

Jake R. Johnson

Kyle Christopher Jones

Sean Dale Jones

Casey Elizabeth Karl

Chance Robert Alan Kazen

Brenda Anne Kerr

Paige Daphne Kirk

Austen Joseph Kressin

Joy Alice Megumi Kumagai

James Thomas Kyle

Ashley Lauren Lampert

Jesse J. Landesman

Kendall Ann Larson

Makayla Rain Leal

Claire Alexis LeBlanc

Jessica Lechuga Alvarez

Virginia Lemus

Jacky Jennifer Leonzo

Kiral Thomas Lepard

Daniel Zachary LeTexier

Danielle Jade Levan

Isaac Zachary Loeb Quiocho

Hayden Taylor Loer

Guadalupe Lomeli

Felicia Marie Lopez

Lucia Francisca Lopez

Ronny Lopez

Rosanne Andrea Lopez

Carlos Manuel Lucas

Alejo Nataani Lugo

Michelle Reese Madden

Alexander Dimitrios Magos

Tahoun Ochea Mahoney

Megan Lillian Maldonado

Hailee Nicole Mallette

Grace Anai MaraŮon

Victoria Rose Mares

Estefania Mariscal

Mc Ian Jay Martin

Andrew Kahler Martinez

Daniel Martinez

Jonathan Jairo Martinez

Jose Galileo Martinez

Zachary Thomas Martinez

Antonio De Jesus Martinez Erreguin

Clarisa Mateo

Elizabeth Mateo Juan

Haley Mathes McCaffrey

Colleen Alexandra McCarty

Megan Rae McGoldrick

Lyle Roy McGraw

Kai Michael McMaster

Riley Griffin Meier

Nuri Melo

Alan Mendez Moro

Brandon Jesus Mendoza

Eraclio Isaac Mendoza

Boston Micheal Menossi

Ismael Mercado Vivas

Angelica Merida Lopez

Anakaren Michel

Madylin Brittney Miller

Rafael Mina Rocha

Jacob William Clancy Mitchell

Tanner Dean Moffat

Mariana Lizbeth Mondragon

Luis Antonio Montes Baltazar

Lucia Grace Montiano

Olivia Rae Montiano

Fernando Montillo

Sarahi Morales

Dana Lyn Munoz

Reece Munsinger

Juan Manuel Murillo

Ofelia Salas Murillo

Marissa Ann Murphy

Leanna Lynn Myers

Loriann Marie Myers

Vanesa Nava

Aurora Lidia Navarrete

Charles Daryl Navera

Jason William Neville

Silvia Nieto-Duran

Andres Nobili

Tanner Hutchins Norfolk

Anabell Tameka Norling

Maria Guadalupe Oceguera

Armando Manuel Ochoa

Edith Ochoa Bautista

Christina Lee Oh

Victoria Olson

Hope Leah Orcino

Anna Ordonez

Osvaldo Ordonez

Diego Ordonez Tovar

Abraham Ortiz Leon

Molly Elizabeth Paige

Irving Moises Palacios Pacheco

Courtney Anne Payne

Nicholas Grant Peavey

Tristan Liam Perales

Carlos Ruiz Perez

Heidy Mareli Perez

Vanessa Perez

Yessica Perez

Alayna Marie Pettigrew

Karina Janet Pichardo

Maria Aneli Pina

Christian Manuel Pizano

Ashley Aaron Polakof

Chelsea Lynn Poyner

Celeste Pozos

Zachary Pryor

Kevin Quintero

Cynthia Quirino

Carlos Venancio Ramirez

Claudia Janette Ramirez

Jessica Nicole Ramirez

Joshua Cristian Ramirez

Maria Soledad Ramirez

Blake Edward Rasmussen

Azucena Razo

Darrin Anthony Reddingius

Emily Anne Regotti

Dillon McPherson Reid

Christopher Joseph Reilly

Ana Claudia Remigio Chavez

Chany Reth

Nkosi Osaze Richardson

Christian Alexander Richmond

Diana Christine Riddle

Becky Rivera

Kaitlyn Marie Roach

Mackenzie Marie Roche

Alyssa Adriana Rodriguez

Cesar Daniel Rodriguez

Jahayra Ivonne Rodriguez

Marisa Diana Rodriguez

Nancy Rodriguez

Micaela Rodriguez Tovar

Estefania Del Carmen Rodriguez Zaragoza

Ryder Killian Rogers

Francisca Rojas

Victoria Rojas

Christian Rojas Bartlett

Daisy Romero

Alejandra Rubi Romo Vazquez

Yovanna Emimar Rubio

Carlos Rubio Lopez

Cristian Luis Rudisell

Amanda Lee Russell

Cole Alexander Ryan

Armando Sanchez

Elisabet Sanchez

Felix Sanchez

Marco Antonio Sanchez

Anthony Santacroce-Witmer

Argenis Luis Santos

Blake Micheal Scanlon

Skyler Marie Schaar

Brandon Thomas Schneider

Brad Austin Schwab

Gabriela Serrano

Richard Gene Sherman

Talopatina Tiara Siaton

Joseph Sichi

Justin Lee Sieverding

Colin Alexander Simson

Chandler Scott Smith

Jacob Arthur Smyth

Hannah Alexandra Snider

Daisy Gricelda Solano Flores

Marissa Angelin Solis

Jorge Sosa Colores

Alexis Soto

Rosa Janet Soto

Andrew Patrick Sparks

Taylor Sydney Steele

Aimee Estelle Steen

Ryan William Stewart

Connor Louis Stotz

Anna Elizabeth Strahan

Emily Claire Strickfaden

Alexander Max Strizak

George Dale Stroesenreuther

Kellen Michael Stubbs

Dylan Arthur Sullivan

Victoria Anne Sullivan

Lindsey Rene Swanson

Brandon Akira Taylor

Celeste Tellez

James Christopher Thomas

Janelle Kaaria Thomas

Jared David Thomas

Regina Azucena Tomas Gonzalez

Hayley Marie Tork

Victor Manuel Torres

John Arthur Traner

Makayla Virginia Trexler

Jason Harold Tuch

Hailey Marie Tucker

Diane Camille Gabica Ungson

Cesar Dhalua Urrutia

Silvano Guadalupe Vaca

Maria Guadalupe Valencia

Isai Valvidares Ambrocio

Hayden Nicholas Vanderstelt

Eunice Varela

Eloisa Abigail Vargas

Leidi Cassandra Vargas Avalos

Flor Mariana Vargas Beltran

Diana Angelica Vasquez

Hannah Marie Velasquez

Nanci Yesenia Velasquez Solis

Edwin Velazquez

Jasmine Viernes

Fernando Villegas

Nicholas Joseph Vogt

Allison Denise Warren

Anna Rachel Wegner

Mitchell David White

Kalei Anne Whitney

Amanda Michelle Williams

Derron Williams

Kaelie Addison Williams

Kayla Brice Wilson

Brett Ryan Winterstrom

Ian James Winterstrom

Kendrick Monroe Woods

Shannon Kim Wright

Mireya Yanez Rivera

Tony Kuan-Liang Yeh

Olga Yevstratenko

Lidia Zamora

Deryck Zantello

Brittney Anne Zelasco

Jacquelyn Zepeda

Mariah Terese Zizzo Gomez


 

4 comments

Comment Profile ImageDennis Johnson
Comment #1 | Friday, Jun 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm
Congratulations to all the graduates!
Comment Profile ImageLaura Baldwin
Comment #2 | Friday, Jun 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm
Congrats to you Alyssa! You are amazing!
Comment Profile ImageDeAnn Johnson
Comment #3 | Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 at 8:02 am
I am very proud of you Alyssa Johnson :) Your on your way to UCSD!!
Comment Profile ImageNancy K.
Comment #4 | Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm
The opposite side of the country and read about this awesome young lady on the internet. and could not be prouder of all her accomplishments. Remember I knew you when you were only 5 : ). I truly wish you every success in the world and know how proud your mom and dad must be. I wish you, your mom, and dad only the very best that life has to offer. This is a really special accomplishment Alyssa, I know you worked hard, but I always knew you were a special person.

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