Tuesday, September 16, 2014 • 10:39
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VCHS Jag June students of the month



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June 11, 2014
Billy Mayer is a graduating senior at Valley Center High School. His family has been living in Pauma Valley for most of his educational journey and has been the number one inspiration throughout his life. Without their endless encouragement, he said he does not know where he would be today. He has dedicated his high school career to his academics, and although extremely difficult, has tried to side step the deadly "senioritis" this year. He is taking four AP courses: AP Statistics, AP Economics, AP Government, and AP Literature and Composition. He said he would like to take a moment and thank all teachers and administrators for their support on his journey. He is an athlete and a musician. Participating in team sports such as baseball and soccer, he has learned the importance of good sportsmanship and working together as one unit to achieve great things. However, in his junior year he decided to play varsity tennis and become more in tune with his individual mental game. This was extremely beneficial because he quickly discovered that tennis is 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical. As a musician, he has played trombone in Mr. Beck's bands since fifth grade and continues today in the VCHS Roaring Jaguar Marching Band and Jazz Band. Music has shaped his life in ways he could not imagine. It enhanced his social skills, work ethic, and respect for the arts. As of now he would like to take a moment and thank his coaches, and musical educators Mr. Beck, and Mr. Wright for the impact they made on his life. On Aug. 25, of this year he willing be leaving San Diego and in the fall he will be attending Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu on Oahu to major in Diplomacy and Military Studies. With this major, he plans to make a difference in the world as a diplomat for the United Nations and discover the many historical parallels that are unraveling today. He would like to give a specific shout out to Mr. Ventimiglia for his superior teaching in government. He was one of his catalysts to pursue a degree in the area of political science, international affairs, and military history. There are some specific words that have contributed to his success today. His father (an author and speaker) told him "Where your focus goes, your energy flows." These words remain as a standard in his life and have shaped him into the individual he is today.

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Victoria Laird, a lifelong resident of Valley Center, is an active community member and student. She is involved in many clubs and organizations, from 4-H and FFA to National Honors Society and California Scholarship Federation. Last year she served as Junior Miss Valley Center, completing over 200 hours of community service. She has played field hockey for the high school and participated as a leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has also accomplished much in her studies, taking all AP classes available to her and graduating in the top ten of her class. Victoria is a country girl and farmer at heart. She enjoys raising show poultry and pygmy goats as a hobby, while pursuing horseback riding in her spare time with her horses. Her other hobbies include reading, writing, and photography. In the fall, Victoria will attend California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo to study Agribusiness.

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