Three co-valedictorians led 179 Nipomo High School seniors into their future lives at commencement exercises held Friday evening at the campus on North Thompson Avenue.
Co-valedictorians for the Class of 2021 were Jaydon Martinez, who had a 4.54 GPA and is headed for UCLA; Meia Schram, who had a 4.45 GPA and is also continuing her education at UCLA; and Austin Boersma, who had a 4.41 GPA and opted to attend Cal Poly.
In all, 34 members of the graduating class are headed to four-year universities, including 10 who will enroll at Cal Poly, said Lucia Mar Unified School District spokeswoman Amy Jacobs.
Another 69 graduates will attend community colleges, with 18 going to Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and 47 who will attend Hancock College in Santa Maria, Jacobs said.
Two students plan to enter the military, with one enlisting in the U.S. Navy and one joining the U.S. Air Force, she said.
Twenty-four seniors earned 51 scholarships totaling $62,650 to further their education.
Jacobs said some of the most notable included the $8,000 San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation’s Garris Family Scholarship and the $4,000 Richard J. Weyhrich Leadership Award, both of which went to Savanah Ruiz.
Angelica Gutierrez received the $2,000 San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation’s Dorothy Good Trust for AVID Scholarship.
RachaelAnn Todd swept art awards from the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the Zach Elliott Memorial Scholarship and the Trilogy Art Group Scholarship.