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Two CVA Thunder earn honors

Sophomore Gabriella Cruz and senior Kaylee Miller were each honored for exceptional accomplishments outside the regular classroom.

photo of Gabriella seated in front of a window

Gabriella received an Award for Excellence following her successful completion of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA. Each year, the congress honors and awards high-achieving students dedicated to medicine or STEM. This year she watched a live surgery, interacted with the deans of the Harvard and Georgetown medical schools, and heard from four Intel and Google science fair winners who are now conducting research in college. Gabriella hopes to pursue occupational therapy after CVA.


Photo of Kaylee seated in front of a window

Kaylee was named a Commended Student for placing among the top three percent of the 1.6 million students who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The PSAT helps identify students who have demonstrated outstanding academic potential. Kaylee has applied to Syracuse University and St. Lawrence University with plans to pursue engineering.

“These two young women represent all that is possible for our Central Valley Thunder,” said CVA Principal Dick Keeler.

“Students who apply themselves to their studies  and take advantage of all the opportunities our school offers open doors to their futures. We are proud of them, their families, and the examples they set for all of us to follow.”