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Cameras were everywhere at Tracy Area High School commencement Sunday. Family members and friends of graduates Sandy Yang, See Yang, Lilian Thor,  Lilia Vang and Ratana Vang squeezed together for a memorable portrait following the ceremony.  See pages 10-11 for more commencement photos of the Class of 2015.


Samantha Gervais, Cassandra Hook and Jackson Pond were introduced as the valedictorians for the Class of 2015. Principal Kathy Vondracek introduced the students.

Three valedictorians honored

at TAHS commencement

Three class valedictorians were announced at Tracy Area High School’s commencement Sunday.

Cassandra Hook, Samantha Gervais, and Jackson Pond share the honor of ranking at the top of their class academically.

Principal Kathy Vondracek, who announced the valedictorian honors, said that all three seniors finished high school with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average.

“As you can see, we had a lot of competition in this class,” she said.

The triple valedictorian selection is a first for the high school.  In 2011, Joe Hook and Eric Carter were named co-valedictorians, the only previous time more than one person received the honor.  TAHS has never before had three valedictorians.

Cassandra, the daughter of Tom and Shannon Hook; Samantha, the daughter of Robert and Katie Gervais; and Jackson, the son of Jeff and Janel Pond; will all receive a $500 Dr. Apostol Family Scholarship.

Anna Peterson, daughter of Keith and Pam Peterson, was announced as the class salutatorian.  Her GPA was just under 4.0.