Carlin Truong, Valedictorian
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Saturday morning's graduation ceremony in the Judson E. Taylor stadium will be a time to celebrate completing high school and for one student it means being recognized as the top of the class. This year, that student is Carlin Truong.
For the past four years at Logan, he has worked hard to get to where he is today. He has taken a total of nine AP classes, is the ambassador for the James Logan Jazz Chior, co-founded the James Logan Origami club participated in varsity track for 2 years, provided tutoring for athletes in the morning at Logan and is a member of a choir outside of school and an a cappella group. His GPA as of third quarter was a 4.82.
Despite all of this, when he was awarded as Valedictorian, Carlin responded by saying “I feel very, very honored. I didn’t expect it.”
“In the time that I’ve known Carlin, he’s been very hardworking and dedicated to everything he does. He really deserves this honor,” says Sherry Wang, 11. She has been in choir with him for the past three years. Counselor Mr. Juertas spoke along the same lines, adding “he’s very outgoing, very friendly, very easy to get along with.”
Carlin’s future plans include going to U.C San Diego and later becoming a card-designer at Hallmark. Though he was also accepted to UC Berkeley and UC LA, he chose San Diego because he felt as though he could relax and really be himself there.
“I think the difference was that I really pushed for it and I sacrificed a lot of social time and hanging out with friends,” Carlin said when asked about whether he felt he was truly deserving of the honor. However, he also added that he doesn’t “really regret anything. It’s how much you get out of life and you need to experience as much as you can.”