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Truckee High’s top two achievers to continue studies on East, West coasts

Margaret Moran | mmoran@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. —The years of doing homework, studying and writing essays will pay off for Truckee High School seniors when they collect their diploma this weekend.

Of 139 graduates, one will do so with the distinction of valedictorian (Gabrielle Rinne), and one as salutatorian (Shannon Cardoza).

Graduation takes place 11 a.m., Saturday, June 13 at Surprise Stadium at 11725 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

As part of the Sierra Sun's commitment to featuring top graduates each school year, Rinne and Cardoza two recently answered a few questions about their high school career and future plans. Read what they had to say below:

Gabrielle Rinne, valedictorian

Post graduation plans? Yale University to study cognitive science.

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What are your feelings going into graduation? "I'm definitely excited, but as the date gets closer and closer, I'm feeling a little more nostalgic, and I'm realizing how much I'm going to miss everyone. I'm also a little bit nervous to be going so far from home for college."

What will you most miss about Truckee High? "I think I'll miss the sense of community that the whole school has. I'll also really miss the track and cross country teams because they are basically a second family at this point."

What's the most important lesson you've learned throughout your high school career? "I've learned that it's really important to spend as much time with the people that you love and your friends as possible because these past four years have really flown by fast."

If you had a chance to do your high school career over again, would you do anything differently? "I would say 'yes' to more things now and be more open to different opportunities, maybe going out of my comfort zone a little bit more."

What advice would you give to incoming freshman? "Don't take yourself too seriously, have fun. It goes by fast. These four years are only four years of the rest of your life, and you have so much to look forward to."

Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years? "I hope to be working as a neuropsychologist and helping people with brain disorders, hopefully on the West Coast."

Shannon Cardoza, salutatorian

Post graduation plans? Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study general engineering.

What are your feelings going into graduation? "Excited. A little bit nervous for the future, but mainly excitement. (Also) a little sad because it's ending, but we'll see everybody again at some point."

What will you most miss about Truckee High? "Probably the teachers, my soccer team and my friends, of course. … My soccer team has kind of been like a second family; we've had a lot of the same people throughout the years. My friends are awesome, and I'll be really sad to leave them and our teachers, all of them are great here."

What's the most important lesson you've learned throughout your high school career? "Hard work, commitment and dedication pays off, and (they're) really important to have in your academics."

If you had a chance to do your high school career over again, would you do anything differently? "Probably go to more of the sporting events and dances, just going to more school events in general. I was just never driven to go out to a basketball game or a volleyball game. I didn't really see a football game until this last year, and it's probably really fun to just go out and hang out with friends."

What advice would you give to incoming freshman? "Enjoy your years here. Don't stress about it too much because it's a fun time before you go off into the working world."

Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years? "At an engineering job somewhere, perhaps back here in Truckee because I love it here, but working for some engineering firm."

If you go

What: Truckee High School graduation ceremonies

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13

Where: Surprise Stadium at Truckee High