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Head of the Class

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL VALEDICTORIANS - CLASS OF 2009

Sophia Layser Borgias

Parents: Gaia Layser and Darren Borgias

GPA: 4.0.

Honors/awards: Ashland representative to sister city, Guanajuato, Mexico; president of the Global Citizen Corps Club, Math Honors Society, National Honors Society, Presidential Scholarship at the University of Oregon, Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

College plans: Clark Honors College, University of Oregon

Career plans: International relations

Asia Kane

Parents: Donna Shu and Tom Kane

GPA: 4.0.

Honors/awards: Second Team All-State in volleyball 2008, First Team All-Conference in volleyball 2008

College plans: University of Southern California to study engineering

Career plans: Environmental engineering

Kriya Krisnabai-Gitanjal

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Parent: Asha Deliverance

GPA: 4.0

Honors/awards: Speech and debate; spent senior year in France with American Field Service; fluent in French

Immediate plans: Live with relatives in Argentina and become fluent in Spanish

Career plans: Political journalist

Jaffrey Miles Nerenberg

Parents: Nancy Nerenberg and Jens Sehm

GPA: 4.0.

Honors/awards: Advanced Algebra II Student of the Year 2007, Southern Oregon Math League winner, individual and team, 2008

College plans: Major in English at Georgetown University

Career plans: Become an editor for a major publication

Derek Owens-Oas

Parents: Lyn Owens and David Oas

GPA: 4.0.

Honors/awards: Student of the Year in Advanced Algebra II, Advanced Conditioning and Pre Calculus and Discrete Mathematics; National Merit Commended Scholar; honorable mention, Second Team and First Team All-Conference Soccer; National Honor Society; Math Honor Society treasurer; University of Portland President's Scholarship; Ashland Rotary Foundation Scholarship; Ashland High School Principal's Leadership Award

College plans: University of Portland

Career plans: Environmental engineer

Phoebe Amelia Parker-Shames

Parents: Jim Shames and Heidi Parker

GPA: 4.0.

Honors/awards: Rogue News (10th-12th grade, editor-in-chief 12th grade); English/Global Studies Student of the Year (ninth grade), Algebra I Student of the Year (ninth), Spanish II Student of the Year (10th grade), AP Literature Student of the Year (11th grade); Brain Bowl (ninth-12th grades, captain in 12th, regional first place winner, 12th); Academic Challenge (12th grade, first place winner); Scavenger Hunt (10th-12th grades, first place winner 12th grade); State Acting Competition in Pantomime (first place at state, 10th grade, regional finalist, 11th grade, qualified for nationals, 12th grade); National Merit Scholarship quarterfinalist (11th grade); AP Scholar; Elk's Club Student of the Month (12th grade); FIRST Robotics safety captain (only Oregon team south of Eugene)

College plans: Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Career plans: Biological research science

Jeffrey Star

Parents: Peter and Sally Formosa

GPA: 4.0.

Honors/awards: Finalist, National Merit Scholar Program; nominee, Presidential Scholar Program; finalist, State Acting Competition

College plans: Yale University

Career plans: Undecided, possibly directing in theater

Nicolas Toll

Parents: Scott Toll and Paris Geiken

GPA: 4.0.

Honors/awards: Ashland Kiwanis Club Student of the Month, Wilderness Charter School participant, Homecoming King in 2008-09, Mr. Grizzly Pageant winner in 2007-08, Most Inspirational, Snowboard Team

Future plans: Travel and surf for a year, then attend a college that has an art emphasis

Career plans: Graphic designer

Forrest Wells

Parents: Steven Wells and Mary Cutler

GPA: 4.0.

Honors/awards: Many

College plans: Clarks College at the University of Oregon

Career plans: To have a plan someday or to be a pirate

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