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Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 11:00 pm | Updated: 7:47 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Kevin Chandler, valedictorian. Chandler said "the last time I checked in December" his GPA was about a 4.61. During his years at CDO, Chandler was president of Key Club, a member of National Honor Society, the environmental club and the Academic Decathlon team. He plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Arizona.

Meghan DeWitt, co-salutatorian. DeWitt's GPA was 4.54. She played cello with the CDO symphony orchestra, was a member of National Honor Society, Key Club and the Academic Decathlon team. Outside of school, she played with the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra and was active in her church youth group. She plans to attend Brigham Young University and major in math and music.

Doug Mathern, co-salutatorian. Mathern's GPA was 4.54. He was involved heavily in National Honor Society and received the Bank of America Excellence Award. He plans on attending the University of Arizona, to which he was awarded the Provost Scholarship and was accepted into the Honors College. His major is undecided.

Samuel Redig, West Point Academy appointment. Redig's GPA was 3.6 and he was one of 1,200 appointments to the academy out of a field of 12,000 applicants. At CDO, he played volleyball, varsity soccer and took honors classes. He reports to the Academy in New York on June 28, he said, and does not know what he will major in.

Kevin Eller, Merchant Marine Academy appointment. Eller's GPA was 3.8 and Congressman Jim Kolbe nominated him for the Academy appointment. While at CDO, Eller played varsity basketball and football and was involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He volunteered in the Sunnyside School District. At the Academy, he will major in engineering and also play basketball for the Academy's team. He'll graduate with a degree in engineering and be licensed as a shipping captain.

PUSCH RIDGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Ernesto Blanco, valedictorian. Blanco's GPA was 4.22. He played basketball, was a member of the school's leadership team and participated in the Worship Team. Blanco plans to attend the University of Arizona and does not know what he will major in.

Joel Fry, salutatorian. Fry's GPA was 4.211. He was a member of the school's leadership team, played guitar in the school ensemble music group and participated in Worship Team. He'll attend the University of Arizona Honors College, but he is undecided about his major.

IMMACULATE HEART ACADEMY

Sarah O'Neil, valedictorian. O'Neil's unweighted GPA was 3.8. She played varsity volleyball, was a member of National Honor Society and a leader in student government. O'Neil had scholarship offers to all three Arizona universities, but plans on attending Arizona State with a possible major in veterinary sciences.

Joseph Angelini, salutatorian.

Angelini's unweighted GPA was 3.56. He played soccer, basketball, baseball, track and was part of the school's bowling team. He was a member of National Honor Society, student government, Congressional Youth Leadership Council and an ambassador for the People to People program. He plans to major in engineering at the University of Arizona.

MARANA HIGH SCHOOL

Ashraf Barakat, valedictorian. Barakat's GPA was 4.2. He was founder and president of the school's ERASE club, a member of the Academic Decathlon and vice president of National Honor Society. He plans on majoring in computer engineering at the University of Arizona.

Daniel Gust, salutatorian. Gust's GPA was 4.0. He was a varsity member of the track and field team, as well as the cross-country team. He was a member of the Academic Decathlon team, National Honor Society and vice president of the Future Business Leaders of America. He plans to attend the University of Arizona, with an undeclared major.

MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL

Robert Craig, valedictorian. Craig's GPA was 4.292. He was president of the Future Business Leaders of America, a National Merit Finalist, recipient of the National Herff Jones Principal's leadership award and the Arizona Regents Honors endorsement. He played on the school's basketball, volleyball and golf teams and was named scholar athlete of the year. He plans to attend the University of Arizona and major in political science.

Joshua Bonillas, salutatorian. Bonillas' GPA was 4.271. He was president of the National Honor Society, vice president of Future Business Leaders of America, received the Arizona Regents Honors endorsement and was the National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. He was on the Principal's Advisory Council and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. He plans on going to the University of Arizona with a double major in English and bio-chemistry.

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