David Nobles named Yosemite High "Senior of the Year"

editor@sierrastar.comJune 11, 2013 

David Nobles was named Yosemite High School Senior of the Year during the school's end-of-year rally on June 4.

Nobles, one of Yosemite's 17 valedictorians this year, was active in student government, athletics, music and church youth groups this year. He was ranked No. 13 in the graduating class with a 4.13 GPA.

He is a life member and served as the school's president of the California Scholarship Federation, was the Associated Student Body vice president, chamber singer's vice president and was prom king. He was awarded the Most Professional Interview at Senior Project Night, won a music department award and the Badger Achievement Award for math.

He was the recipient of a Rotary Student of the Month award, a Daughter's of the American Revolution Good Citizen award and was a delegate to Boy's State.

Nobles also sat, as student representative, on the school district board of trustees during the first semester of school, plays piano at three area churches, and was a member of the Badger cross country, track & field and ski and snowboard teams.

Nobles' honor was announced by YHS principal Ed Van Hoose. Dena Boortz, YHS culinary arts instructor and head of the district's child nutritionist services, presented him with a HP lap top computer donated by the Sunrise Rotary Club.

Nobles was homeschooled before entering Yosemite High as a sophomore.

"In the beginning, I was afraid of public school, but after a few weeks at YHS I had numerous friends and loved my teachers," Nobles said.

His first class at YHS was English taught my Walker Vaughn.

"He (Vaughn) was a no nonsense instructor and his class structure was exactly what I needed at that point in my life," Nobles said. "Mr. Vaughn taught be a lot about integrity and keeping your word."

Nobles also had praise for his senior English instructor, Kellie Solomon.

"Mrs. Solomon is always there to help students when they seek advice, weather it's with college applications, or just someone to talk to," Nobles said. " She taught me to keep a good attitude regardless of the circumstances."

Since his sophomore year, Solomon had a dream of attending the Air Force Academy and become a fighter pilot in the United State Air Force. Although he received a nomination for the academy from Congressman Jeff Denham, he was ultimately denied admission due to a history of asthma as a youngster.

"Of course I would not take no for an answer, and went through both a waiver and appeal process which failed," Nobles said. "This was incredibly frustrating to me, but I have to believe that was God's plan for me at this time."

"I am very excited about attending college and feel completely prepared," Nobles said. "I can't imagine having a better high school experience."

Nobles will attend the University of California, San Diego, in the fall majoring in electrical engineering and hopes to one day be a pilot for a missionary organization.

He is the son of YHS chemistry and physics teacher Rob and Susan Nobles of Oakhurst.

At last week's rally, Chris Grant and Dahlia Lopez received the male and female Athlete of the Year Award, chosen by the YHS coaching staff. See complete story on B1.

Badger Achievement Awards presented

Badger Achievement Awards were presented to seniors who stood out in 16 disciplines, honoring exemplary students from each department.

Agriculture: Angelica Smith

Family Life & Sciences: Shanelle Koellish

Multi-Media: Alex Statkus

Computer Technology: Nick Bayt

Trades & Industrial: Daniel Longcor

Art: Carizma Turner

Theater Arts: Emma Madsen

Music: Joe Ekman

Choral Music: Colton Sterling

English: Margaret Brewer and Michael Leath

Spanish: Daman Gill and Sam Tackabery

French: Phoenix Skeahan

History: Carson Burton, Angelica Smith and Daphne Norman

Social Science: Robin Meister

Mathematics: Chris Grant, Margaret Brewer, Chris Kanaley and David Nobles

Science: Carson Burton and Chris Kanaley

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