Renaissance Award recognizes exemplary students

Photo by Brianna Huynh-Tong

Seniors Carlos Emiliano Carrillo-Gallegos and Patricia Lipana were presented the Renaissance Award for exhibiting dedication and leadership in their extracurricular activities, while excelling in academics.

Carrillo-Gallegos is currently the Editor-In-Chief of The Matador newspaper and was a co-captain of track and field, while participating in cross country, Future Business Leaders of America, and National Honors Society.

“I felt that if I did things the way they’re meant to be done, then people who look up to me would do the same,” Carrillo-Gallegos said. “It was important for me to not do many things, but rather a few things that I was very committed to.”

Lipana was a captain of junior varsity basketball, in Junior Class Council, and Red Cross during her sophomore year. She is now a secretary of Safe Space, Copy Editor in yearbook, one of the Get Lit Classic Slam champions, and a private tutor, while also participating in the Courtesy Committee and Working Towards the Future.  

“I tried to build connections with the people around me in order to learn how to help improve the club and enhance the relationships within that community,” Lipana said. “I have to admit that balancing everything was a struggle because I often found myself having to cram everything into my schedule. I was exhausted most of the time, but I always tell myself that nothing worth it ever comes easy.”

Attending University of Irvine this fall, Lipana plans to minor in Earth and Physical Sciences in hopes to leave a positive impact in the world. Carrillo-Gallegos intends to double major in political science and a STEM field, and ultimately become a political researcher.

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