High school recognizes Jaguars of the Month

Fredy Tomas Antonio

Fredy Tomas Antonio is a senior at Valley Center High School. He has attended Valley Center schools and lived in VC his whole life. 

Born and raised by an indigenous Mayan family who speak Q’anjob’al from Guatemala, Fredy has faced many obstacles to succeed in becoming the best he can be, with the love and support from his family, friends, classmates, and teachers. 

At a young age he struggled to catch up and learn new things. He promised not to give up on himself or to forget the hard work his parents have done for him. 

Fredy now has a 4.2 GPA and is one of the top ten students in his class. He kept his promise and will graduate knowing that he dedicated his time to becoming a role model at Valley Center High and that he has proud parents cheering him on. 

He is taking AP Statistics, Expository Reading and Writing, Economics, Weights, Culinary Arts II and Future Teacher Aid. Fredy has participated in community service at his church, St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Fallbrook, has participated in the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest and is making a children’s book for a first-grade bilingual student at the Primary School. 

After high school he plans to attend Cal State San Marcos, California State University San Diego or Cal Poly Pomona to major in Immigration Law or other branches of law. His future goal is to help families immigrating to this country for a better life. Among other reasons, he believes in representing those that don’t have a voice in this country and manage to make a difference.


Abigail Cotton

Abigail Cotton, a VCHS senior, is ranked 1st in her class, with a 4.42 overall GPA, and is enrolled in five advanced placement courses, a culinary arts course, and an agriculture project course. 

From kindergarten through eighth grade, she was a part of the bilingual program, and finished by taking AP Spanish as a sophomore. 

Abigail is finishing her fourth season of varsity cross country, and looks forward to a fourth season of varsity track. As a member of the cross country and track teams she has competed in two state championships and multiple CIF finals. 

Outside of school, she raises steers and lambs for the San Diego County Fair, remains an active member of FFA and 4H, and is serving as this year’s Valley Center 4-H president. 

Working over the summers at Triple B Ranches, she doesn’t miss out on any opportunities. Post-graduation, Abigail hopes to pursue a degree in the agricultural field and compete on a collegiate livestock judging team. 

She attributes much of her success to those around her who continue to inspire her and push her to reach for more: Coach Whitcomb on the track, Mr. Kordik in the classroom, Mr. Broomell in the world of agriculture, and above all, her mom.

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