Students of Excellence Honored for Success in Career Technology Classes

PLEASANT HILL, California. — Students from Contra Costa and Alameda counties who have excelled in their Career Technical Education classes were honored by the Contra Costa County Office of Education at the annual Student Excellence Awards ceremony.

A total of 38 students were nominated to be Students of Excellence and 34 earned the award based on their teacher’s recommendations. Each distinguished student will receive a certificate of merit and a $300 scholarship. Monetary donations were provided by Chevron, Phillips 66, Veranda and Travis Credit Union.

“Congratulations to this year’s Students of Excellence,” said County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey. “Your hard work in Career and Technical Education classes is a launching pad for your future. I also want to thank the businesses that support the CTE classes. That support adds value to the curriculum and gives students in those classes a head start as they pursue their college and career goals.”

Students took classes in various fields including sports medicine, game production, computer science, game design, and careers with children, to name a few.

Since 1975, CCCOE’s Regional Occupation Program (ROP) has provided career and technical education opportunities to high school students and adults. In the 2020-21 school year, the ROP program served more than 6,500 students in 254 classes at 22 high schools, including court and community schools in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Excellence Award Winning Students

  • Xaylee Minchey, Heritage HS, Advanced Sports Medicine
  • Mihir Arya, California HS, AP Computer Science A
  • Yemisi Obalade, Dozier-Libbey Medical HS, Advanced Sports Medicine
  • Lauren Tidyman, Clayton Valley Charter HS, Civil Engineering and Architecture with Honors
  • Richa Prabhakar, California HS, stage production
  • Noah Gibson, Deer Valley, HS Website Design
  • Emilio Salcedo, Antioch HS, Social Media Web Programming and Design
  • Maria Viralhadas, Heritage HS, Advanced Video Productions
  • Gia Monticello, Freedom HS, Racing with Kids
  • McKinley Nestor, John Swett HS, Multimedia
  • Sophia Gladkevich, Albany HS, Graphic Arts
  • Zak Gilbert, Piedmont HS, Culinary Arts
  • Simran Saini, California HS, Sports Medicine
  • Alyse Garcia, Las Lomas HS, Human Body Systems
  • Shuichi Alex Tendilla, Pittsburg HS, Graphic Design
  • Karis Choi, Monte Vista HS, Architectural Design 2
  • Kyle Jansse Peralta, Heritage HS, Moot Trials and Law Enforcement Careers
  • Nicholas Harvey, California HS, Journalism
  • Darius Members, Pittsburg HS, Game Design
  • Haley Le, Heritage HS, Robotics Engineering Technology
  • Gemmaruby Maciel, Freedom HS, Beginner Graphic Design
  • Benjamin Mariscal, Freedom HS, AP Environmental Science
  • Colbie Atlas, Campolindo HS, Sports Medicine
  • Danny Avalos, Freedom HS, Advanced Video Production
  • Nolin Searls, Alhambra HS, Construction Technology
  • Melanie Sandoval, Antioch HS, Careers in Teaching
  • Sahn Cannon, Heritage HS, Digital Recording Studio
  • Axel Ramirez, Pittsburg HS, Advanced Studio Production
  • Mahika Arya, Dougherty Valley HS, Life Sciences and Research Laboratory
  • Alex Nguyen, Deer Valley HS, Television Production
  • Sachi Sayal, Dougherty Valley HS, XR for Social Good
  • Aadi Ghai, Dougherty Valley HS, VS.Net
  • Matthew Royse, Dozier-Libbey Medical HS, Emergency Medical Responder
  • Kristina Czelusnia, Freedom HS, Photography II


  • Eric Catalano, Clayton Valley Charter HS, Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Marvin Resngit Jr., Pittsburg HS, Advanced Audio Production
  • Ivan Shapli, Alhambra HS, Advanced Automotive Engineering
  • Zoe Perez, Pittsburg HS, Advanced Graphic Design

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