Two Venture Academy Family of Schools students were recognized at The Record All County Student Pinnacle Awards on May 3.
Sarah Ruiz and Jan Marie Pastrana were among 91 graduating seniors who represent the top one percent of high school seniors in the San Joaquin and Calaveras counties.
“Winning the Pinnacle Award has added significance to the success that I have achieved through an efficient work ethic. I thank God, my family, my teachers, and my supporters,” said Pastrana, who will be attending California State University, Sacramento this fall.
The recipients of the award are chosen based on their GPA (70 percent), student activities at school (15 percent), and their community involvement (15 percent).
High schools are given the number of students they can nominate based on student enrollment.
This is the 21st year for the Pinnacle Awards. The San Joaquin County Office of Education Student Events department helped coordinate the event. The top three percent of graduating seniors are also recognized as Distinguished Students.
County Superintendent of Schools James Mousalimas, along with University of the Pacific President Pamela Eibeck and Record Publisher Roger Coover, spoke during the ceremony.
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