VROP celebrates 19 local senior students

Valley Regional Occupational Program recognizes 19 students for demonstrating outstanding leadership in various sectors of career technical education

A group of senior students who were named Student Ambassadors by the Valley Regional Occupational Program for their hard work in their career technical education courses. (Valley Regional Occupational Program)
Darren Fraser
Published May 16, 2024  • 
11:00 am

SANGER – Nineteen exceptional seniors recently earned the title of Student Ambassador from the Valley Regional Occupational Program (VROP) as a way to honor their outstanding achievements in career technical education.

The 19 students represented the top performing 1% of more than 1,900 high school seniors in the eight districts enrolled in career technical education (CTE) classes. Due to their achievements, the students earned the title of Student Ambassador, which also included an award and scholarship.

To commemorate the occasion, the ambassadors and their families were feted at a ceremony at Kings River Winery in Sanger on May 15. Teachers and other personnel from the school districts were on hand to honor the students.

According to a media advisory from Sanger Unified School District (SUSD), the seniors earned the student ambassador honorific by being in the top 1% of students participating in VROP programs. From a starting pool of 56 nominees, chosen from more than 1,900 seniors taking CTE classes across 15 high schools, an Ambassador Advisory Committee narrowed the candidates down to 19. This committee, which includes counselors, teachers and business community members, evaluated the students on their leadership, responsibility, and trustworthiness in the VROP program.

The media advisor noted the students were also Pathway completers in one or more of the state’s industry sectors. These sectors include agriculture, business and finance, building and construction, information and communication, transportation, hospitality and tourism, new product development, digital arts, architectural engineering, energy, fashion and interior design, sales, education, mental health, business administration, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), health science and medicine, public services, and government and public administration.

The ceremony at the Kings River Winery in Sanger commemorating the 19 students who were recognized by the Valley Regional Occupational Program for their responsibility and leadership skills. (Valley Regional Occupational Program)

The SUSD advisory describes the ambassadors as being the equivalent of academic valedictorians. The 19 excelled in all aspects of their CTE courses. The students demonstrated leadership skills and committed to continuing their education in a post-secondary program.

The 2024 Student Ambassadors are:

  • Valerie Amezcua Arroyo, Corcoran High School;
  • Jan Wayne Agluba, Orosi High School;
  • Elizabeth Hernandez, Dinuba High School;
  • Noah Gutierrez, Kingsburg High School;
  • Laurne Wisinski, Salvador Mendoza, Jesse Ayala, and Carlos Razo, Reedley High School;
  • Soledad Garcilazo, Orange Cove High School;
  • Christian Garcia, Kings Canyon High School;
  • Mairyn Cervantes-Pascacio and Paulina Rivera Ramirez, Parlier High School;
  • Eduardo Castro, Natalie Ochoa Maravilla, and Berenci Rivas, Sanger High School;
  • Gurleen Kaur, Sanger West High School;
  • Elijah Berber, Kings River High School; and
  • Adaline Barros and Francisco Rocha Lozano, Selma High School.

VROP serves more than 9,200 CTE students. VROP operates as part of the California Department of Education and serves students from Dinuba, Cutler-Orosi, Kings Canyon, Kingsburg Joint Union, Parlier, Sanger and Selma school districts. VROP provides high quality technical instruction to students and adults. High school students enrolled in VROP courses to supplement their curriculum receive high school and college credits. 

Darren Fraser