Forest grove high school class of 2011
On Saturday at 10 a.m., about 430 members of the Forest Grove High School senior class will be clad in graduation gowns and mortarboards, seated in rows and ready to receive their diplomas.
Commencement is the pinnacle of achievement for high school students, and members of the Class of 2011 are not substantially different from the ones that came before or will process after them.
But two seniors in particular, Angelica Brown and Kyle Warren, represent the passions and dreams of their peers in significant ways.
One hopes to make life better for the country's immigrant population, and the other plans to become a doctor. Both are bright, engaged and optimistic about their futures.
'Angelica is seriously considering AmeriCorps next year, and she is an outstanding individual,' said Jordan Meyers, a close friend of Brown's who helped her run FGHS's Show Choir two years in a row.
'Kyle is very involved and very impressive,' noted Rosie Steinbach, a sophomore academic who's kept a watch on Warren's leadership resume.
Both have lived in Forest Grove for most of their young lives, but neither plans to stay in the area after graduation.
Their paths, it seems, were formed in the mists long before they walked the halls at FGHS.
The oldest of Tonia and Chris Brown's three children, Angelica, 18, excelled in English classes and performed in musicals at FGHS for three years. She also plays violin.
'That was what consumed most of my extracurricular hours,' she said.
Brown plans to apply for the AmeriCorps program in January. Eventually, she'd like to attend Portland State University with a major in sociology and anthropology and a minor in Arabic language studies. 'I'm interested in traveling and immigration issues,' she said.
She was born in Forest Grove, lived in Carlton for a short period, and then returned to her birthplace.
Warren, 18, the youngest of Valerie and Allen Warren's three sons, is student body president at FGHS this year. He's also served as president of the Oregon Association of Student Councils for two years and participated in water polo, swimming and track.
Congressman David Wu nominated Warren for a spot in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York. In December, he received his confirmation letter. 'I was just so excited,' Warren said.
A commencement valedictorian, Warren said he's currently 'torn between being a medical doctor or a surgical doctor' in the Army once he graduates from West Point and receives his commission.
Born in Hillsboro, Warren lived in Portland, Texas, Ireland - and Portland again - before coming to Forest Grove at age 3. 'I don't really remember the other places,' he joked.
Warren's cumulative GPA is 4.18. Brown's is 3.5.