Valedictorian Bob Vince Naranjo focused on balancing family, friends, the heath science academy, various clubs, and out of school activities, like singing and playing his guitar, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
“[Balancing everything] was difficult in the beginning since I am such a procrastinator, but throughout my years in high school, I’ve learned to manage my time with everything else,” Naranjo said.
Amongst the struggles of managing his GPA and activities, Naranjo and a friend survived a life-changing moment when two men attempted to rob them in Baldwin Park. After realizing Naranjo and his friend did not have anything of value they shot at Naranjo’s car, making both of the boys realize how lucky there were to walk away unscathed.
“Almost losing my friend taught me to cherish every moment with everyone, because anything can happen in a blink of an eye,” Naranjo said. “I learned I have to do what I want to now because I have the chance, and I may not always have that chance.”
Although he struggled to find his balance, Naranjo made time to play his guitar and maintain his studies in the health science academy.
“Playing my guitar is one of my favorite things to do, I really like bringing it out and being able to bring everyone in the room together,” Naranjo said.
Naranjo also enjoyed listening to his favorite musical artist, Ed Sheeran.
“Ed Sheeran is just an amazing singer, I love listening to him and playing along with my guitar. Listening to him makes homework easier to do,” Naranjo said.
Naranjo participated in chorus, class council, Math Club, BARC, Mu Alpha Theta, Skills USA, volleyball and freshman football. Naranjo considers becoming a certified pharmacutical technician this past April his biggest achievement.
Naranjo plans on attending the the University of Central Florida and will pursue a major in Biomedical Sciences.