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Class of 2017—Valedictorian and Salutatorian Spotlights

CVCS Graduate Spotlight:  Talia Knowles of Laguna Niguel

Talia Sage Knowles of Laguna Niguel graduated from the Capistrano Valley Christian Schools (CVCS) class of 2017 with a 4.48 GPA. The 17-year-old will begin a new chapter in her life at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, with a double English and Math major.  During her graduation speech she spoke of “the story of us,” referring to the 48 students and the storylines that comprised the CVCS Class of 2017.

Knowles honors include department awards in English, Bible, Social Sciences, and Musical Theatre.  Other recognitions are Scholar Athlete, and Presidential Seal-Bearer each semester since her freshman year.  Her participation at CVCS has included volleyball; soccer; Student Leadership Team; missions to Berkeley and Russia; four musical theatre productions; choir, English Honors Society; and CSF.

“CVCS taught me how to learn to love a small community; how to have thoughtful conversations about topics that matter; and how to develop and maintain relationships that challenge me to grow into a better person,” said Knowles. “CVCS provides lessons in life that I didn’t know I needed, and that’s accompanied by an excellent education in academics, art, and athletics.”


CVCS Graduate Spotlight:  Joshua Guy of Dana Point

Joshua Tyler Guy of Dana Point, a 2017 graduate of Capistrano Valley Christian Schools (CVCS) and valedictorian, heads to the University of California at San Diego, where the 18-year-old will major in Aerospace Engineering in the Jacob’s School of Engineering.  With a 4.4 GPA, Guy had dual enrollment at Saddleback College during his senior year.

Among his high school achievements: Head of Math Department Award; volleyball team for four years; soccer team for two years; CIF and NEHS; and mission trips to Utah, Berkeley, and Fiji.

“While at CVCS I have learned the importance of teamwork, and support with others. I would not have been able to be as successful in high school had I not been supported by peers, faculty, and my family,” said Guy. “I think that if you want a tight-knit community of God-loving people, while also receiving a top-quality education, the CVCS is a valuable place to attend high school.”


CVCS Graduate Spotlight:  Dylan Lourenco of Aliso Viejo

Dylan Michael Lourenco of Aliso Viejo is a 2017 graduate of Capistrano Valley Schools (CVCS) at the age of 15. Lourenco, who skipped two grades, has a GPA of 4.4 and will apply his talents in Biology/Pre-Med at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. He is the sole Summa Cum Laude graduate for the CVCS Class of 2017. The Salutatorian’s graduation speech took a humorous slant as he gave punch line-style comments on his favorite graduation speech clichés, and encouraged the Class of 2017 to “Be phenomenal or be forgotten.”

Among his achievements:  California Scholastic Federation, Excellence and Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics (Most Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics); Seal Bearer and Principal’s List awards every semester throughout high school; and Varsity athletic letter (Soccer); Student Leadership Team (student government)—Vice President (2015-2016), Representative (2016-2017). He also participated in Apologetic trips; Worship Band (acoustic and electric guitar, bass, piano), and technical teams for school productions.

“CVCS really rounded me out as a person, and gave me leadership abilities and a confidence, both spiritually and personally, I never thought I could possess,” said Lourenco, adding CVCS is an outstanding Christian environment with many opportunities in academics, sports, the arts, and community service.


CVCS Graduate Spotlight:  Claire Landino of Ladera Ranch

Claire Autumn Landino of Ladera Ranch, a 2017 graduate of Capistrano Valley Christian Schools (CVCS) and Salutatorian, will major in English Literature at Westmont College, Santa Barbara. The 18-year-old who has a 4.3 GPA, spoke at the 2017 CVCS graduation ceremony, saying “We are hope…We are hope not because of all the “potential” we have to be successful in college or get good grades, or have the most friends, we are hope because we are simply and fully human.”

Landino’s recognitions at CVCS include English Department Award (2016); Bible Department Award (2015 and 2016); Social Science Department Award (2017); and Principals List as a Seal Bearer (2014-2017). She has participated in missions trips to Utah and Russia; Student Leadership Team as Admissions Prefect; camp counselor for sixth-grade science camp and eighth-grade retreat; and personal trainer on the Junior Varsity volleyball team.

“CVCS provides an incredibly balanced education,” she said. ”It has incredible academics, athletics, performing arts and social events. From traveling internationally to participating in honors societies, CVCS has allowed me to explore so many different talents and skills that a larger school would be unable to provide.”