fairfield high top 4

From left, Fairfield High School students Victor Martinez, Nick Perrando, Carolyn Elder and Brendon O'Hara-Leid. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Graduation 2014

Fairfield High School Top Students 2014

By From page GRA2 | June 08, 2014

Brendon O’Hara-Leid

Plans for next year:  In the fall I will be studying electrical engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Career goal: To become an electrical engineer. I hope to be employed be a company such as Cisco or Google. High school highlights: Include being a member of the Scarlet Brigade, jazz band, concert band, drumline and pipe band. I also held positions in the band program such as member-at-large, percussion section leader and band council president. In addition to these, I also enjoyed being a member of Key Club and Honor Society. Awards: Cal Grant A, Assist-A-Grad scholarship, scholars award Cal Poly, EOP program. In 10 years: I hope to have received my master’s in engineering. I also hope to be in a settled home and beginning my family.

Carolyn Elder

Plans for next year: I will be attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I will be taking my pre-major (nursing) and pre-minor (Spanish) courses as well as working to pay for my college experience. Career goal: I plan to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist to provide medical relief, especially to those who have suffered in natural disasters. High school highlights: Include being the letter line captain for the Scarlet Brigade Marching Band, participating in drum line, participating in the Youth Tobacco Prevention and Education surveys for the state, and being the co-chair for a sectional leadership conference for 180 youth in 4-H. Awards: Bio Rad, Assist-A-Grad, Emerald Star for 4-H, Honor Bee, Young Women’s Medallion, various academic awards. In 10 years: I see myself working as a nurse anesthetist as I raise my family, living happily and comfortably.

Nicholas Perrando – Salutatorian

Plans for next year: I will be attending University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in financial actuarial mathematics. Career goal: I hope to become an actuary. High school highlights: I was the drum major in band, a bagpiper, a member of the jazz band and concert band. I was the treasurer of the National Honor Society and president for two years. I was Student of the Month for Fairfield High School. Awards: AP Scholar, Chinese-American scholarship. In 10 years: I hope to be certified as an actuary working with an insurance company.

Victor Martinez – Valedictorian

Plans for next year: I’m heading to University of California, Davis, to begin my studies in computer science. During this time I plan to look for a part-time job so that I can pay for my books and other scholarly expenses. Career goal: To become a software developer or programmer for a corporation like Google, Microsoft or Apple. High school highlights: Getting awarded a Character Counts Award by my teachers. Becoming valedictorian of Fairfield High School’s class of 2014. Awards: Assist-A-Grad scholarship, AP Scholar award, Character Counts Award for having responsibility and integrity. In 10 years: I see myself having graduated from UC Davis with my degree, and working somewhere to pay off any student debt I might have.

Susan Hiland

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Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Nebraska.

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  • Insulted Falcon AlumJune 08, 2014 - 9:49 am

    Why only 4 FHS Falcons featured versus 10 billion AHS Indian Top Students? DR HS bias shows up again.

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  • justsomeguy(also a falcon alum)June 08, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Nope, unfortunately ff only had 4 TOP students, as a proud parent of one of them please don't turn this positive article into a negative one by complaining . congrats to these four amazing and wonderful kids,all the hard work has paid off, you will be successful and a key part of our future,congrats from one falcon to another!!!

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  • Insulted Falcon AlumJune 08, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    Yeah...my kid is through so let it go attitude is why this happens. It is an issue for the district to address. The should not happen within the same district. Not taking anything away from your kid. He apparently is on the road to an awesome career. Just trying to make sure some other kids have a similar opportunity.

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