2022 ROP Students of Excellence

CCCOE Recognizes 38 CTE Students of Excellence
Posted on 05/12/2022
PLEASANT HILL, Calif.—Students from Contra Costa and Alameda counties who have excelled in their Career Technical Education classes were honored by the Contra Costa County Office of Education at the annual Students of Excellence Awards ceremony.

A total of 38 students were nominated to be Students of Excellence and 34 won the award based on recommendations from their teachers. Honored students will each be awarded a certificate of merit and a $300 scholarship. Monetary donations were provided by Chevron, Phillips 66, Veranda and Travis Credit Union.

“Congratulations to this year’s Students of Excellence,” County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “Your hard work in the Career and Technical Education classes is a launching pad for your future. I also want to thank the businesses that support the CTE classes. That support adds value to the curriculum and gives students in those classes an advantage as they pursue their college and career goals.”

Students took classes in diverse fields such as sports medicine, play production, computer science, game design, and careers with children to name a few.

Since 1975, the CCCOE Regional Occupation Program (ROP) has provided career and technical education opportunities to high school students and adults. In the 2020-21 school year, the ROP program served more than 6,500 students in 254 classes in 22 high schools, including court and community schools throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Students of Excellence Winners
Name School Course
Xaylee Minchey Heritage HS Advanced Sports Medicine
Mihir Arya California HS AP Computer Science A
Yemisi Obalade Dozier-Libbey Medical HS Advanced Sports Medicine
Lauren Tidyman Clayton Valley Charter HS Honors Civil Engineering and Architecture
Richa Prabhakar California HS Play Production
Noah Gibson Deer Valley HS Web Page Design
Emilio Salcedo Antioch HS Social Web Media Programming and Design
Maria Viralhadas Heritage HS Advanced Video Productions
Gia Monticello Freedom HS Careers with Children
McKinley Nestor John Swett HS Multimedia
Sophia Gladkevich Albany HS Graphic Arts
Zak Gilbert Piedmont HS Culinary Arts
Simran Saini California HS Sports Medicine
Alyse Garcia Las Lomas HS Human Body Systems
Shuichi Alex Tendilla Pittsburg HS Graphic Design
Karis Choi Monte Vista HS Architectural Design 2
Kyle Jansse Peralta Heritage HS Mock Trials & Law Enforcement Careers
Nicholas Harvey California HS Journalism
Darius Membres Pittsburg HS Game Design
Haley Le Heritage HS Robotics Engineering Tech
Gemmaruby Maciel Freedom HS Beginning Graphic Design
Benjamin Mariscal Freedom HS AP Environmental Science
Colbie Atlas Campolindo HS Sports Medicine
Danny Avalos Freedom HS Advanced Video Production
Nolin Searls Alhambra HS Construction Technology
Melanie Sandoval Antioch HS Careers in Teaching
Sahn Cannon Heritage HS Digital Recording Studio
Axel Ramirez Pittsburg HS Advanced Studio Production
Mahika Arya Dougherty Valley HS Biological Laboratory Sciences and Research
Alex Nguyen Deer Valley HS TV Production
Sachi Sayal Dougherty Valley HS XR for Social Good
Aadi Ghai Dougherty Valley HS VS.Net
Matthew Royse Dozier-Libbey Medical HS Emergency Medical Responder
Kristina Czelusnia Freedom HS Photography II

Nominees
Name School Course
Eric Catalano Clayton Valley Charter HS Introduction to Engineering Design
Marvin Resngit Jr. Pittsburg HS Advanced Audio Production
Ivan Shapli Alhambra HS Advanced Auto Engineering
Zoe Perez Pittsburg HS Advanced Graphic Design

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