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Valedictorians and Salutatorians announced for Katy ISD schools

May 13, 2019

As high school seniors near the end of their secondary school careers, plans for the future begin to take shape. Be it work, more school, joining the military or whatever the future may hold, seniors have one last milestone to complete — getting diplomas at graduations ceremonies.

Beginning Friday, May 24, and continuing through Wednesday, May 29, nine graduation ceremonies will be held for Katy ISD high schools.

Leading the way at the graduation ceremonies will be the traditional top students — the valedictorians and salutatorians.

Katy ISD released the names of the top two students at the seven main campuses on Monday.

“These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth grade year until the last day of their senior year,” Katy ISD reported in a news release. “Many of them are now moving on to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation.”

According to the district, the 2018-2019 valedictorians and salutatorians are:

Cinco Ranch High School

William Li Wang - Valedictorian, will attend Rice University and study chemistry.

Nevin George - Salutatorian, will attend Yale University and study math and computer science.

Katy High School

Joshua Aman Dierker - Valedictorian, who will attend the University of Texas at Austin and study Computer Science.

Sarah Catherine Hatcher - Salutatorian, who will attend the University of Texas at Austin and study Biology.

Mayde Creek High School

Owais Hyder Ghulam - Valedictorian, who will attend the University of Houston and study chemical engineering.

Monica Arrambide Valdes - Salutatorian, who will attend Texas A&M University and study computer engineering.

Morton Ranch High School

Frederica Anna Kizek - Valedictorian, who Will attend Southern Methodist University and study biology on pre-med track and swim for the university.

Bao Khanh Hoang Vu - Salutatorian, who will attend the University of Texas-McCombs School of Business and study international business.

Seven Lakes High School

Surya Indukuri - Valedictorian, who will attend Hofstra University and study bio-chemistry.

Naveen Kumar Venkat - Salutatorian, who will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and study computer science and math.

Taylor High School

Lauren Mary Huyentran Nguyen - Valedictorian, who will attend the University of Houston and study biology.

Sunny Ann Tang - Salutatorian, who will attend Harvard University and study chemistry.

Tompkins High School

Blake Austin Romero - Valedictorian, who will attend the University of Texas and study computer science.

Kristi Zhang - Salutatorian, who will attend Cornell University and study engineering.

The schedule for high school graduations in Katy ISD include:

James E. Taylor High School — 2 p.m. Friday, May 24 at Leonard E. Merrell Center.

Katy High School — 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Leonard E. Merrell Center.

Mayde Creek High School — 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Leonard E. Merrell Center.

Cinco Ranch High School — 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Leonard E. Merrell Center.

Morton Ranch High School — 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Leonard E. Merrell Center.

Obra D. Tompkins High School — 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Leonard E. Merrell Center.

Seven Lakes High School — 7 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Leonard E. Merrell Center.

Simon Youth Academy — 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Katy Mills Mall.

Martha Raines High School — 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Morton Ranch High School.

Patricia E. Paetow High School, which opened its doors in 2017, will have its first graduating class at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

rkent@hcnonline.com

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