Our Biggest Class Yet

10,000 Degrees High School Grads

Katiuska Pimentel Vargas

Katiuska Pimentel Vargas addressed her fellow graduates.

A record 148 graduating high school seniors, 58 more than last year, along with their family, friends and mentors joined 10,000 Degrees on Tuesday June 19th for our annual graduation celebration. The evening, hosted at Novato’s Unity in Marin, consisted of moving speeches, shared memories, and countless photos. Keynote speaker and Novato High School graduate Katiuska Pimentel Vargas recounted her educational journey. “Three years ago I came to the United Stated from Peru without my parents, money or any previous knowledge of the English language, in hopes of a higher education,” Katiuska told the standing room only crowd.

After attending the 10,000 Degrees Institute and working with our staff to identify financial aid, scholarships and the right college for her, Katiuska was pleased to report: “This fall I’ll be a student at UC Santa Cruz with my education fully paid for!” As Katiuska looked around the room at the faces of 10,000 Degrees’ largest college bound cohort, she added, “I will always remember that I am one degree, and that I have the power to accomplish my dreams and change the world.”

Martee Seye and mentor Aimee Little

Martee Seye and mentor Aimee Little

Rose Kingfisher, Karen Voets and mentor Margi Blunt

Rose Kingfisher, her mother Karen Voets, and mentor Margi Blunt

Angela Ho and mentor Terry Houseworth

Angela Ho and mentor Terry Houseworth

Mentor Diane Reed and Maria Gomez

Mentor Diane Reed and Maria Gomez

Mentor Linda Jackson and Armando Duran

Mentor Linda Jackson and Armando Duran

One-hundred percent of the 10,000 Degrees Institute 2013 graduating high school class are off to college, and we could not be more proud! Listed below are their names:

Aarushi Kumar  |  Abigail Esquivias  |  Abigail Gonzaga  |  Adriana Cruz-Diaz  |  Agustin Melendez  |  Alejandra Barajas  |  Alejandra Nunez  |  Alejandra Victoriano  |  Alexander Rodriguez  |  Alexis Mendoza  |  Alexis Vargas  |  Ameera Foster  |  Ana Anguiano  |  Ana Camara-Flores  |  Anahi Hernandez  |  Andrea Mendoza  |  Andrea Moreira  |  Andrea Vega  |  Angela Ho  |  Angelique Allen  |  Arleen Diaz  |  Armando Duran  |  Ashley Whiting  |  Blanca Figueroa  |  Brenda Lopez  |  Brittney Edmondson  |  Bryan Mazariegos  |  Bryan Sanchez  |  Carlos Aldana  |  Carlos Sierra  |  Carolina Soto  |  Cecilia Mazariegos  |  Chi Huynh  |  Claire Mazariegos  |  Claritza Mazariegos  |  Claudia Farias  |  Cynthia Alcantara (Anguiano)  |  Dahmitra Jackson  |  Dana Allen  |  David Aragon-Carreno  |  Denisse Caballero  |  Desiree Vaughn  |  Dominic Bynum  |  Douglas Funchal  |  Dulce Tafolla  |  Eduardo Garcia Arrango  |  Edwin Rodriguez  |  Eileen Gary  |  Elizabeth Ruiz  |  Ellis Tran  |  Elmer Diaz  |  Eshref Vila  |  Esther Oros  |  Esther Steele  |  Flor Suarez  |  Giovanna Bacon  |  Gladys Hernandez  |  Grace Nguyen  |  Gricelda Gomez  |  Haley Hopkins  |  Heidi Inciardi  |  Helen Mejia  |  Irene Ruano  |  Iris De Leon  |  Irvin Arellano  |  Jessica Flores  |  Jesus Jimenez  |  Joaquin Reyes  |  Jonathan Aguilar  |  Jonathan Gutierrez  |  Jose Heredia  |  Jose Jimenez  |  Jose Sanchez Aldana  |  Jose Ordonez  |  Josue Castillo  |  Julian Gonzalez  |  Kaila Greenstein  |  Karen Monterroso  |  Katia Ambrocio  |  Katiuska Pimentel Vargas  |  Kendra Heiken  |  Kendy Rodas Diaz  |  Kevin Diaz  |  Kimberly Gama  |  Kristal Garcia  |  Leydy Requena  |  Lilibeth Bencomo  |  Lindsey Beardsley  |  Luis Ramirez  |  Maira Sanchez  |  Maria Gomez  |  Maria Rivas  |  Maria Tercero  |  Maria (Lupe) Calvillo  |  Marina Adrianzen  |  Mario DeLeon  |  Mario Diaz  |  Mario Robinson  |  Maritza Sanchez  |  Markisha Johnson  |  Martee Seye  |  Mary Wairimu  |  Melissa Bernabe  |  Melissa Rodas  |  Miles Bethel  |  Mini’imah Cook  |  Miriam Tinoco  |  Monica Rivera  |  Mora Ouneklap  |  Nayeli Ramirez  |  Nazania Baraza  |  Nestor Teodoro-Chavez  |  Paige Weatherly  |  Patty Vance  |  Rakia White  |  Ramanjot Kaur  |  Rebecca Platoni  |  Rohit Banger  |  Rokiah Cutkelvin  |  Ronilsy Diaz  |  Rosemarie Kingfisher  |  Ruth Itzun  |  Ryan Dunbar  |  Sandra Gonzalez  |  Savannah Climo  |  Sean Taylor  |  Sel Butler Jr.  |  Silvia Reyes  |  Sir (Noble) Starbird  |  Sofia Romero  |  Spencer Serrano  |  Tashi Sherpa  |  Tatiana Urbina  |  Tonantzyn Beltran  |  Tyler Hickerson  |  Vanessa Sibrian  |  Vinicius De Souza  |  William Orrego  |  William Piedras  |  Yanirett Ortiz-Estrada  |  Yesenia Ledezma  |  Yesenia Martinez  |  Yngri (Ingrid) Romero  |  Yoel Iskindir  |  Yonatan (Luigi) Reyes  |  Yoselin Mendez  |  Yuridia Anguiano  |  Zuly Flores Quevedo