Contra Costa: Annual CTE/ROP Students of Excellence Awards Ceremony Honors 37 Students


CONCORD, Calif., May 8, 2015 – On Thursday, May 7, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) honored 37 high school students, representing 24 schools in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, with the Students of Excellence Awards for their outstanding achievement in their CTE/ROP (Career Technical Education/Regional Occupational Program) classes.

The celebrated students were each presented a certificate of merit and a $150.00 scholarship award. Scholarship funding was provided by John Muir Health, ConocoPhillips, Walnut Creek Honda, and Susan Lee.

More than 200 attendees were on hand at the Concord Senior Center. Along with the honored students and their families, the students’ teachers and ROP business-partnership representatives were also on hand.  Welcoming remarks were made by Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, County Board of Education Member Pamela Mirabella, and County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho.

The Contra Costa County CTE/ROP serves nearly 12,000 students annually with classes in 34 high schools throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Currently, there are 393 state-of-the-art career development classes in this program. CTE/ROP focuses on career preparation and exploration, hands-on experience, and academic excellence to prepare students for success in college and future careers. CTE/ROP provides students with the newest equipment, rigorous academic standards, and classes in emerging technologies. All of the CTE/ROP classes and programs are directed by and funded through the CCCOE. For more information about CTE/ROP classes, visit their website.

The following outstanding students received certificates of merit plus $150.00 in scholarship awards for the CTE/ROP courses they excelled in during the current school year:

(See below list, alphabetical by city)


Contra Costa County Office of Education ROP

Anastajia Pirone, Administrative Medical Assistant



Deer Valley High School

Nicholas Calvert, Marketing

Shannon Cook, Play Production

Daniel  Harte, Advanced Automotive Technology


Dozier-Libbey High School

Crystal Wen, Sports Medicine


Berkeley High School
Bianca Stern, Advanced Digital Photography


Heritage High School
Penelope Stevenson, Computer Aided Drafting and Design


Liberty High School
Mauricio Baltrons, AP Environmental Science
Shannon Lamaestra, Desktop Publishing


Clayton Valley Charter High School

Tyler Vandal, PLTW Engineering and Design


Concord High School
Mireya            Gonzalez Avina, Accounting

Christopher Jenkins, Computer Applications


Ygnacio Valley High School

Alejandra Cervantes, Careers in Teaching



John Swett High School

Alejandra Galvez, Multimedia


Monte Vista High School

James Dolla, Advanced Sports Medicine

Ducati Mondani, Advanced Architectural Design


San Ramon Valley High School

Isabel Gervis, Introduction to Engineering



El Cerrito High School

Crystal            Carter, Video Production


Alhambra High School
Ryan DeMello, Cabinetmaking

Andrew Silva, Creative Writing


Campolindo High School
Rebecca Seeley, Sports Medicine


Freedom High School

Andrew Campbell, AP Environmental Science

Alicia Ronan, Careers with Children


Pinole Valley High School
Logan Elmore, Sports Medicine


Pittsburg High School
Jamie Hake, Web Design



College Park High School

Kelsey Hall, Advanced Sports Medicine

Walter Riker, Advanced Communications Media



Kennedy High School

Geramani Martin, Digital Photography


California High School
Alexandra Gladchenko, AP Computer Science

Elizabeth Madrieres, Careers in Teaching

Christina Richardson, Analytical Forensic Science

Kimiya Shokri, Play Production


Las Lomas High School
Sanam  Noorani, Medical Technologies


Northgate High School

Sarah Coyle, Careers in Teaching

Alyssa Lederman, Journalism Production