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Leading the 2024 Class: Meet Our Valedictorians and Salutatorian


Leading the 2024 Class: Meet Our Valedictorians and Salutatorian

Santa Margarita Catholic High School is proud to announce the Class of 2024 valedictorians Maia Choe, Kylie Kwon, Emma Lee and Kelly Lu and salutatorian Logan Kim. The valedictorian honor is bestowed upon the senior who has earned the highest GPA over seven semesters. The salutatorian title is given to the senior who has earned the second-highest GPA. All seniors have exemplified a commitment to the school’s mission and charism over the last seven semesters at SMCHS. Congratulations to these outstanding students. We commend their academic excellence.

 

Valedictorians

Maia Choe

What college will you be attending? Boston College

High School Academic Honors: International Baccalaureate Full Diploma Candidate, National Merit Commended Student, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation.

How do you think your experiences at SM will help you in the future? SM's emphasis on the Caritas Christi values taught me to strive for a life of integrity. Being an IB student also allowed me to discover and pursue my academic interests, which I hope to explore further as I move into college.

Favorite High School Memory: Celebrating wins, fighting through losses and singing on the bus ride home with my lacrosse teammates.

Advice for Underclassmen: Remember to be gracious to yourself and others amidst a busy academic and extracurricular commitments schedule. You are so much more than your accomplishments and failures. 

 

Kylie Kwon

What college will you be attending? University of California Los Angeles

High School Academic Honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, ASB, Student Representative on Administrative Board, NAHS Officer, NHS, CSF, Varsity Song Co-Captain, Academic Athlete.

How do you think your experiences at SM will help you in the future? I will always cherish the life-long relationships with my friends, classmates, and mentors at SM and the sense of community here is truly one of a kind. These past few years, I have gained a diverse perspective on learning and witnessed the importance of collaboration and mutual support. I will continue to embody the principles of Caritas Christi that SM has instilled in me, allowing me to find the light in any situation that comes my way!

Favorite High School Memory: K-156 this past year in March! I was blessed with such an incredible, open-minded, kind-hearted group of people and my senior Kairos is an experience I will forever look back on with a smile. Being able to grow in my faith alongside my best friends and so many new friends was such a special memory and was the epitome of all of the values SM embodies.

Advice for Underclassmen: Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way! Embrace each day with an open and positive mind and good things will come. Even if it may be overwhelming now, everything always works out how it is supposed to, so try to find the good every day and make the most of it!

Emma Lee

What college will you be attending? University of California Los Angeles

High School Academic Honors: National Merit Commended Scholar, National Honors Society, AP Scholar with Distinction, Honor Roll.

How do you think your experiences at SM will help you in the future? SM taught me to manage my time while being in multiple activities and putting in my best effort despite my busy schedule.

Favorite High School Memory: Working hard all band season and winning state champions sophomore and senior year with my favorite people.

Advice for Underclassmen: Don't get caught up in the things that don't matter! Use your resources and be self-motivated to pursue the things you love.

 

Kelly Lu

College: University of California Los Angeles

Academic Honors: NHS, IB Diploma, Scholar Athlete.

Experiences at SM for the future: SM's rigor and focus on foundational skills prepare me for higher education.

Advice: Master efficient study habits as soon as possible and work out a system that challenges you and is manageable. Academics should never be your whole life; be sure to dedicate time to the things you love doing. Also, the Flowater machines at school are the best (and coldest) on the 2nd/3rd building floors. 

 

Salutatorian

Logan Kim

What college will you be attending? University of California, Irvine

High School Academic Honors: D1 Hockey Scholar Athlete, NHS, Four-year Spring/Fall First Honors, CSF, National Merit Commended Student, Congressional Bronze Medal Award of Honor, Precalculus H IB AI & Business Management H IB Academic Award, MUN 4 Star Delegate.

How do you think your experiences at SM will help you in the future? The interpersonal skills and work ethic I've developed here, along with the communities I've learned to interact with, will aid in achieving my future aspirations.

Favorite High School Memory: Hockey trip to Minnesota during my junior year when we won the semi-finals in overtime.

Advice for Underclassmen: Challenge yourself and avoid stress over little things. Get involved in lots of activities, especially those in which you find genuine enjoyment.