Class of 2020 Senior Recognitions » Valedictorian: Katelyn Birchfield

Valedictorian: Katelyn Birchfield

The Class Valedictorian and Salutatorians are the most outstanding 4 year YLHS scholars in the graduating class of 2020....The selection process includes an unweighted GPA of 3.98 or above, number of Honors and Advance Placement courses taken along with University of California ' F' and  'G'  requirements completed while expanding their school course selection outside the normal 6 period day.

YLHS awards/co-curriculars

PTSA Student Leadership all of high school

NHS Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year

CSF all 4 years of high school

PTSA Mustang Achievement Award Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year

Over 1000 community service hours

Mustang Scholar Silver Level

German Club President Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year

National German Exam Gold Medalist Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year

German National Honor Society

Speech and Debate team all of high school

Finalist at 2018 Fall OCSL tournament (ranked top in the county)

First place at 2019 Cypress invitational tournament

Finalist at 2020 OCSL State Qualifier Tournament

Science Olympiad Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year

Varsity Team Captain Junior year

OCAD Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year

3rd place in Essay Sophomore year

2nd place in Math Junior year

2nd place in Literature Senior year

Vocal Ensemble Senior year

We Club

Events coordinator Junior year

President Senior Year

Political and Social Activism Club Member Junior and Senior year

Founding member

Interact Club

Secretary Junior year

Helped start Esperanza’s Interact club

Student of the month

Freshman year: German 1 (Picciotta) and Algebra 2/ Trig H (Atmadja)

Sophomore year: AP Euro (Buchan) and LA 2 H (Cadra)


Extracurricular activities

Yorba Linda Public Library volunteer all of high school

Volunteer Intern the past 2 summer

Girl Scout since Kindergarten (12 years)

President of my troop Senior year

YLGS Daycamp Youthstaff since 6th grade

Participant in the City of Yorba Linda’s Young Civic Leaders Academy Senior year

Hobbies :)


Hiking and camping

Playing ukulele or piano and singing

Plans for Fall 2020

Civil/Environmental Engineering Major

UC Berkeley, UCLA, or UCI