Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Valedictorian and Salutatorian for CHS Class of 2020: Brendan Chapko and Andres de la Lama

End of school year activities at Coronado High School include CHS faculty selecting the two students to be named Valedictorian and Salutatorian. These distinguished awards are based on academic grades, rigor and performance throughout four years of high school. For the CHS Class of 2020, the Valedictorian is Brendan Chapko and the Salutatorian is Andres de la Lama. Since students are currently sheltering in place during remote learning, Brendan and Andres learned about their awards on the morning of May 7th when Principal Schmeichel and Vice Principals Burling and Hopper visited each of them while socially distancing and holding up signs to announce the honors.

Valedictorian: Brendan Chapko

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Valedictorian Brendan Chapko
Assistant Principal Hopper, Assistant Principal Burling and CHS Principal Schmeichel notified Brendan that he is the 2020 Valedictorian.

Brendan attended Coronado High School all four years. Some of his favorite classes were AP US History, AP World History, AP Spanish, and Associated Student Body (ASB). When asked what teachers had influenced him the most during his time at CHS, he shared that they were Ms. Kim, Mrs. Belong, Mr. Tanaka, Mr. Aldworth, Mr. Lemei, and Mr. Bayless. His favorite memory at Coronado High School was acting as emcee for the Powderpuff pep rally his freshman year. Brendan is so grateful for all the help he received at CHS; he would not be where he is today without the awesome group of people working at the high school. Brendan plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania as a member of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.

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Salutatorian Andres de la Lama
Assistant Principal Hopper, Assistant Principal Burling, and Principal Schmeichel notify Andres that he is the 2020 Salutatorian.

Salutatorian: Andres de la Lama

Andres attended Coronado High School for all four years as well. His favorite classes were AP Chemistry, AP Psychology, and English 10 Honors. Andres wanted to recognize influential teachers Mr. Chao, Mrs. Kim, Ms. Davis, and Ms. Pehrsson. His favorite memory at CHS is going to the zoo with his AP Chemistry class. Andres shared, “I would be nowhere without the support of the faculty and staff and all the opportunities offered by the community.” Andres will be attending Princeton University in the fall and majoring in English with Creative Writing with a career goal to become a screenwriter.

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Congratulations to both Brendan and Andres!

 

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Chloe Berk
Chloe has called Coronado home since she could walk or talk and considers herself a true Islander. She is currently a student at Coronado High School and a writer for the Islander Times. After studying and writing articles, she enjoys volleyball, the beach, and her newly-adopted dogs from PAWS.
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