Monday, November 30, 2020


Local sorority recognizes top Colusa students

The local Beta Sigma Phi recognized the top seven juniors and seniors at Colusa High School with a drive-thru celebration on May 21.

The Super Seven Award Dinner originated in 1975 based on a proposal by Florence Stevens, then president of the Colusa Women’s Club. For 22 years, the club encouraged academic scholarship by the young people of Colusa.

In 1998, members of Beta Sigma Phi came forward to continue this tradition of honoring the top academic students of the junior and senior classes at Colusa High School. From 1999 until 2015, Soroptimist International of Colusa County co-sponsored the event. Eventually in 2016, Colusa Lions Club joined forces with Beta Sigma Phi, and has continued to give credit to the super seven students for their academic excellence.

Since 2001, the Super Seven seniors have been given the opportunity to name the one teacher who has been most influential in their education.

For their achievements, each student received a Certificate of Excellence, and the seniors received $150 to help with college expenses.

Super Seven Seniors

Edgar Cruz Vasquez

Edgar is the son of Timoteo Cruz and Florencia Vasquez. His teacher of influence was Jean Summerville.

Edgar’s main interests in school were math and art. He was a member of Colusa Youth Advocates for Change and the Environmental Science Academy. Edgar was president of the Spanish Club and was also a member of Upward Bound, the Art Club, Entertainment Club, and the Independent Living Program. His hobbies are digital painting, watching Netflix, and visiting the beach. After graduation, Edgar’s main priority is to adopt a dog.

Edgar plans to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz where he will major in biomolecular engineering and bioinformatics. He hopes to graduate in four years and then join the STEM workforce.

Olivia Jarrett

Olivia is the daughter of Deanna and David Jarrett. Her teacher of influence was Tim Crabtree.

Olivia has found personal finance to be the most interesting and most applicable course in her education. She is looking forward to putting these skills to use after her graduation.

Olivia was on the tennis team for all four years of high school. She was active in FFA, serving as Chapter vice president and as president. She was also a member of the California Scholarship Federation., Associated Student Body and Environmental Science Academy.

Showing lambs is one of Olivia’s hobbies. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, and doing anything outdoors.

Throughout high school, Olivia has worked in a multitude of jobs ranging from bussing dishes, being an office assistant, a receptionist, and a babysitter. This summer, she will be a full time nanny to two sweet, little boys.

Olivia will attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to major in agriculture communications. She intends to pursue a career in Ag finance or sales.

Chaena Laux

Chaena is the daughter of Jacob and Shannon Laux. Her teacher of influence was John Wirt.

Chaena’s main interests in school were sports, science, and Environmental Science Academy. Her extracurricular activities included girls tennis, basketball, and helping with boys tennis. She was a tutor and a member of the Art Club.

Chaena’s hobbies are reading, driving her motorcycle, photography, and playing tennis. In the mornings, before school, she worked at the high school cafeteria.

Chaena plans to attend Cabrillo Junior College, in Santa Cruz, and work toward a career within the environmental science field.

Annalise Lay

Annie is the daughter of Jenny and Eric Lay. Her teacher of influence was Darren Twonzen.

Annie’s main interest in school was English, and kept busy with volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was a member of ASB, vice president of FBLA, and Yearbook editor.

Annie enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and going on adventures. She also works at the Colusa City Pool.

Annie plans to attend Pasadena City College where she will play volleyball and study business administration. Eventually she will transfer to a four year university.


Bailey McCarty

Bailey is the daughter of Dino and Kimberly McCarty. Her teacher of influence was John Wirt.

Over the years, Bailey has made some of her favorite memories in leadership. She enjoyed bringing the student body together in school activities.

She was a member of the Environmental Science Academy, Future Business Leaders of America, and Associated Student Body.

Bailey enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out, traveling, and scrapbooking. She also is employed by Granzella’s, in Williams.

Bailey will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno, in the fall where she will major in pre-nursing. She plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. After becoming a registered nurse, Bailey plans to continue her education to become a nurse practitioner.


Alejandra Melchor Barragan

Alejandra is the daughter of Andres Melchor and Mirna Barragan. Her teacher of influence was Kimberly Olson.

Alejandra was interested in math, Environmental Science Academy, in school, and hanging out with friends. She was a tutor and was in charge of publicity for the Spanish Club. She was a member of Colusa’s Youth Advocates for Change and the Art Club.

Alejandra’s hobbies are listening to music, doodling, knitting, and napping. Her plans for the future are to attend a four year college.


Christian Reyna

Christian is the son of Jose and Savina Reyna. His teacher of influence was Nicole Burg. Throughout high school, Christian always had a strong interest in science, specifically biology and chemistry. He enjoyed being involved in student leadership and staying busy, even though he occasionally stressed out. Christian was an active member in ASB for three years. This year he served as the 2019-2020 ASB vice president.

He has been active in Future Business Leaders of America for four years, holding office three years. This year he served as the Chapter president. Christian has been in ESA for three years and he is a four-year member of CSF.

Christian played tennis, football, and track and field. Tennis was easily his favorite sport and he was saddened to have the season cut short due to Covid-19.

Each week after school, Christian volunteered to teach a STEM/Science club for fifth through eighth grade students at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School. He covered topics such as cellular division, microbial life, robotics, and physics.

Photography is Christian’s favorite hobby. He enjoys bike riding, driving around the block five times with the boys, and hanging out with friends.

In the fall, Christian will be attending University of Nevada Reno as a Pre-Nursing major with the goal of obtaining a BSN degree. Later he plans to become a nurse practitioner.

Super Seven Juniors

Victoria Madrigal

Tori is the daughter of Jessica Silva. Her favorite subjects in school were math and science. FFA was also very important to her.

Tori kept busy with cheer, basketball, ESA, CSF, FBLA, FFA, and Spanish Club. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends. She and her friends love art and painting.

In the future, Tori plans to enroll in a University of California medical school, as the medical field is her main interest. One day she hopes to become a doctor.


Casey Medina

Casey is the daughter of Ruby and Manny Medina. Casey finds science and math interesting and she is always eager to discover new topics relating to both of these subjects. She likes to challenge herself in school so that she can always be working at her full academic potential.

Cheer, basketball, and golf are the three sports which keep Casey busy. She is also a member of FFA, FBLA, Spanish Club, ESA, and CSF.

Her hobbies include working in the garden, scrapbooking, and traveling.

Casey enjoys sports, hiking, exercising, and fishing.

Casey’s plans for the future include attending a four-year university where she will attain a degree in dentistry. After several years in practice, she plans to further this career to become a dental surgeon.

James Murray

James is the son of Ira Murray. His main interests in school are history and science. His extra-curricular activities include FBLA, FFA, Spanish Club, and Art Club.

James enjoys reading, learning, and listening to music. He likes to watch movies, play basketball, and watch the NBA.

His plans for the future are to attend UC Davis to study biology and then continue on to medical school to become a pediatrician.

Abigail Smith

Abbie is the daughter of Asa and Tisha Smith. She enjoys her academic classes, especially science classes. She is a three-sport athlete who enjoys cheerleading, basketball, and track and field. Abbie is a member of ESA, FBLA, Spanish Club, and CSF.

Outside of school, Abbie is involved with the 4-H Swine Club and basketball clubs. She is also an active member of her church community.

Abbie’s hobbies include reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. She enjoys sports, especially paddle-boarding, hiking, running, and swimming.

Outside of school, Abbie works at Asa’s Cabinetry and at Granzella’s, in Williams.

Abbie plans to attend a four-year college where she will earn a bachelor’s degree nursing. She will then apply to a graduate program to become a nurse anesthetist.


Kelsea Whiting

Kelsea is the daughter of Shawnte Bice and Emit Whiting. Math and business classes are Kelsea’s favorite subjects at Colusa High School.

Kelsea is actively involved in FBLA and currently holds the position of California State President. She is a cheerleader and is involved in ESA and CSF.

During her first two years of high school, Kelsea was a member of the softball team. Her hobbies include photography, painting, and social media marketing.

Kelsea has her own photography business. She is also the direct sales representative for a company called Origami Owl, where she holds a position on the Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Council.

Kelsea has always dreamed of attending an Ivy League school where she will major in political science. Even if she doesn’t make it to an Ivy League school, she still plans to study political science.

Lily Woodring

Lily is the daughter of Montserrat Arias and Chad Woodring. She is interested in math, planning FBLA events, and attending ESA field trips.

She was Junior Class President and a member of FBLA, ASB, ESA, and 4-H. She also plays basketball and softball.

Lily was chosen to be the 2020 Girls State Delegate Representative from Colusa High School. She enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her dogs. She also works for Cross Electric Company.

After high school, Lily plans to obtain her real estate license while attending a junior college. She will then transfer to a California State University to study education, and has plans to become a teacher.




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