Pinnacle graduates largest class yet

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Pinnacle High School principal Chris Dittman said the class of 2013 — which is the largest in school history with 77 graduates — raised the bar academically compared to previous classes.

“This class will be the largest to graduate from Pinnacle High School and last year the class raised our cumulative ACT score by a full point,” Dittman said. “Our graduation rate goal was 96 percent and we fell short by just two percentage points.”

Valedictorian this year is Emily Lawson.

Salutations are Sarah Rusta, Dahlia Olguin and Gabe Martinez.

Many students were awarded various scholarships for their dedication to academics including Emily Lawson and Aaron Sanchez who were awarded the Daniel’s Fund Scholarship, Sarah Rusta who was awarded a $20,000 scholarship from Footlocker and Nina Caballero who received a $40,000 scholarship from the California College of Art.

Pinnacle seniors also contributed athletically this past school year. Dittman said several cross country athletes received CHSAA recognition as scholar athletes and for the first time at Pinnacle, two football players earned scholarships to play college football.

“Our art program produced a gold medal winner in the Scholastic Art Contest,” he said. “The Class of 2013 is indeed unique and has created pride among the staff and student body.”