SPHS Graduate Sarah Kolbeck

June 16, 2000
Santa Paula High School
Sarah Kolbeck is Salutatorian for the Santa Paula High School Class of 2000. The daughter of Kevin and Michelle Kolbeck, Sarah plans to return to Santa Paula High School after college graduation to teach and coach. “I want to return to this school because of the great teachers and people.” In the meantime, she plans to attend Thomas Aquinas College, giving up playing sports to concentrate on academics. Sarah has been totally committed to the school, both as an athlete and an outstanding student in the classroom. Enrolled in the rigorous Honors and Advanced Placement courses, she has maintained a GPA of 4.27, ranking third in her class of 290. Sarah’s high marks qualified her for membership in the SPHS Honor Society. She received the High Honors Award by taking the Golden State Examination in Geometry. She has also participated in various clubs, and received recognition as a Rotary Mentor and Rotary Junior Achiever.During her four years as an athlete Sarah has been selected to receive numerous awards, including the Most Valuable Player in track and basketball. She was selected as the team captain in track, volleyball and basketball. She also received the prestigious Player of the Week honors from the Ventura County Star and the Los Angeles Times.Even with a demanding academic and athletic schedule, Sarah still managed to participate as an active member of the high school band. She also gained work experience by being employed part-time by the City of Santa Paula Recreation Department.
Sarah cites her parents as the most influential people in her high school years. “Both have been great role models, friends, and counselors to me.... I always knew I had someone to turn to for advice, sympathy, and help. Without them I would not have become the person I am today.”Sarah’s advice to incoming freshmen is to enjoy their four years in high school. “Don’t worry about working because you have your whole life and the four years in high school are the only ones you are going to get. Get involved and keep your grades up, because it is these grades that determine what college you attend.”

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