2016-06-10 / Schools

SENIOR STANDOUTS

SIMI VALLEY

Editor’s note: Senior standouts are selected by their respective schools, and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students. Photos provided by O’Connor Bros. Photography.


Young Young Kaden Young

Kaden Young, 18, earned two scholar-athlete awards while also serving his school and community.

He made the varsity basketball team all four years at Simi Valley High School. But the son of Kyle and Shannon Young also earned three community service awards, served as president of the Serve America Club and took part in Renaissance, a program that awards students for academic achievement and improvement.

Kaden’s favorite subject was AP calculus, and his favorite teacher was Ms. Christman, who teaches geometry.

He said he draws a lot of inspiration from the courage and determination of his grandmother, Isabell.

“She has survived cancer and has taught me to work hard in everything and to never give up. She is my hero.”

After high school, Kaden plans to attend Moorpark College then transfer to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

Caleb Solivio
Solivio Solivio

A distinguished scholar, Caleb is headed for a career in the medical field.

The 18-year-old graduate competed in the Ventura County Health Occupations Students of America: Future Health Professionals competition for students pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. He placed third.

The son of Marisyl and Jesher Solivio, Caleb was named Simi Valley High’s 2014 AP Scholar, and he earned the school’s 2015 AP Scholar of Distinction award.

In addition to being a member of Simi High’s HOSA: Future Health Professionals, he served on Key Club and was a member of the basketball and track and field teams.

The teen plans to attend UCLA and major in psychology, with a focus on pre-med.

In 10 years, Caleb sees himself working in a hospital as an interventional radiologist, a physician who uses minimally invasive techniques to treat diseases at their source.


Brown Brown Julianna Brown

Don’t mess with Julianna. One of the most popular students in the senior class, the 17-year-old is a martial arts black belt.

The daughter of Ashlyn and Curtis Brown, Julianna served as ASB president this year and as president of her class when she was a sophomore.

Her academic achievements include being named to the National

Honor Society for four years and being elected this year’s SVHS Student of the Year.

Julianna also played on the varsity lacrosse team.

After graduating, she will study design with an emphasis on graphic design, she said.

She credits her success in school to the inspiration she receives from her brother, Cooper.

“He has pushed me to reach my goals and to work hard for what I want,” Julianna said.

Allison Gillies
Gillies Gillies

A star lacrosse player who was captain of the team her four years at Simi High, Allison and her mother, Betty, were instrumental in getting a lacrosse program started at the campus.

The 18-year-old is also a Girl Scout who earned her Gold Award, the organization’s highest, for organizing a fund drive to benefit a home for battered women.

Allison’s favorite subject is algebra and her favorite teacher was Mrs. Atkison.

Earlier this year, the graduate was accepted to the University of Redlands, where she plans to study business and marketing.

Allison sees herself involved in the business world 10 years from now, but with a company that isn’t just about its bottom line.

“I see myself being an instrumental part of a company, or owning a company, that is an asset to the community as trustworthy and reliable . . . that is focused on giving back to the community,” she said.


Benyshek Benyshek Cole Benyshek

A senior class valedictorian, Cole, 18, has earned a bevy of honors during his time at Simi High, including an academic letter, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar Award and the Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award.

He also was named a National AP Scholar with Distinction.

The son of Laura and David Benyshek, Cole was a top varsity scholar all four of his years and was the defensive MVP on the junior varsity football team.

Cole was a member of the school’s Health Occupations Students of America, the Environmental Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He’s been a volunteer in his community, working as an intern at Simi Valley Missing Pets and at the Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center.

His biggest influence is his mom.

Ten years from now, Cole pictures himself still in school, working toward a doctorate in bioengineering.

Compiled by Hector Gonzalez

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