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June 11, 2010 > 38 students graduate from California School for the Deaf

38 students graduate from California School for the Deaf

By Richard Medugno

California School for the Deaf (CSD) in Fremont will hold graduation ceremonies for 38 Class of 2010 seniors Friday, June 11 in the school gymnasium at 3 p.m. Students Amelia Bernstein and Valerie Farr, both Fremont residents, will serve as valedictorian and salutatorian respectively.

CSD, celebrating its 150th anniversary, has an international reputation for its high quality educational program. Deaf and hard of hearing children from all over Northern California attend the school - pre-school, elementary school, middle school, and high school - located on its Gallaudet Drive campus

"These California School for the Deaf graduates are fortunate to have received an education that has been challenging, rewarding and enduring. CSD strives to maintain high standards in all subject areas in academics, vocational training, and career education," said Superintendent Dr. Henry Klopping.

Of the 38 graduates, 24 plan to enroll in community colleges, six will be going to four-year colleges and universities and eight will go directly into employment.

Valedictorian Amelia Bernstein, an academically gifted student with outstanding artistic skills, has been active in many extracurricular activities. Teachers describe Amelia as a person who challenges herself to greater and greater heights. She has pushed herself to expand her learning by taking advanced classes, both at the high school and college level.

Amelia's extracurricular activities included: yearbook staff member; a student director/script writer for the 2009 play, "The Story Must Go On"; an academic bowl member and team captain; a Gay Straight Alliance officer; a class officer for several years; an actress in several school plays; an international studies participant; a peer advisor; a prom chairperson; and a representative to 2009-2010 Jr. National Association of Deaf conference. In addition to taking animation courses at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, she was also a member of the high school's varsity volleyball team.

Salutatorian Valerie Farr has maintained high grades while also being involved with many extracurricular activities. According to school officials, Valerie is a person of character in both academic and social interactions.

Valerie was the yearbook editor-in-chief, an academic bowl team member; a Foothill Athletic Association (FAA) officer; a student government class officer; a peer advisor; and an international studies participant. Valerie also played on the volleyball, cheerleading, softball, and swimming teams, and volunteered as a swimming assistant coach for elementary and middle school students.

Other local area residents who are members of CSD's Class of 2010 include: Christopher Joseph of Hayward; Sukhpreet Kaur of Pleasanton; Nha Kim of Livermore; Zachery Kohler of Union City; and Marissa Mejorado, Tierra Mercado, Panuphong Mogaew, and Subrina Morales all of Fremont.

CSD is a fully accredited, state-funded school for students who are deaf/hard of hearing living in Northern California. The school also provides services to families with deaf children. The school's student-produced website is at

School Career Center Principal Steve Orman said, "What makes CSD a school with outstanding accomplishments is the tremendous school leadership and our exceptional collaboration among all of the staff who work at CSD as an entity to ensure success in every Deaf graduate's future."

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