Student: Kathie Salguero
Year in School: Senior
Plans After High School: Kathie wants to live life to the fullest no matter what obstacles may come her way. Kathie will be attending California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) and enroll in the nursing program with aspirations of becoming a surgical nurse one day.
GPS Focus: PRIDE & SERVICE
What Makes Kathie #BulldogSTRONG: On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Golden Valley High School along with other schools in the Kern High School District and following others across the state of California were closed because of the international pandemic, Covid-19. Despite the closure, senior and Editor-in-Chief of the Golden Age Yearbook, Kathie Salguero has committed to providing a quality yearbook for the students at Golden Valley. Since her days as a middle school student at Ollivier Middle School, Kathie has had a passion for yearbook and creating memories for her classmates. “Honestly, I started yearbook because I wanted a new experience,” states Kathie, “I ended up finding a passion.” This year, as Editor-In-Chief, Kathie and the rest of the yearbook staff developed a theme surrounding important tenets of being #BulldogSTRONG: own your identity. “Owning your identity means owning who you are inside and outside of school,” explains Kathie, “We chose this yearbook because we wanted to let students know that they are all special in their own way.” With the school closure, Kathie and her classmates continued working hard in creating the yearbook, not being deterred by social distance requirements. “We adjusted by working together in video chats all morning and even in our free time late at night,” explains Kathie, “We took the yearbook more seriously because we knew this was going to be a special edition.” Kathie and the yearbook staff added an extra spread regarding what students had to miss out on because of the crisis. “What I am most excited about for the 2020 Golden Age is showing students how much care, love, and progress the yearbook staff has done this year.”
Throughout the school year and in school closure, the Golden Valley High School Yearbook staff has put together an amazing yearbook. Yearbooks will be available in late May.
In addition to her role as Editor-in-Chief, Kathie has excelled academically as a Bulldog throughout her four years at Golden Valley High School. For her efforts, Kathie has earned a 4.153 GPA while being enrolled in Advanced Placement and Honors classes. Moreover, Kathie was involved in the Science and Medicine Club, Honor’s Society, Gaming Club, and RN Explorers, learning new information and experiences along the way. With all of her success, Kathie is quick to recognize the impact Golden Valley has had on her while providing wisdom to other students. “Golden Valley has been the best four years of my life,” humbly expresses Kathie, “For incoming freshmen and all students, enjoy every moment and experience at Golden Valley because you never know when it may be taken away, like Covid-19 did for the Class of 2020.” For her SERVICE and leadership as Editor-in-Chief for the Golden Age Yearbook staff and in the PRIDE she has in being a student at Golden Valley High School, Kathie Salguero is #BulldogSTRONG.
Cover of Golden Valley High School's 2020 Golden Age Yearbook
What #BulldogSTRONG Means to Kathie: "To me, #BulldogSTRONG means having PRIDE in being a Bulldog and not being afraid to express that PRIDE. It also means that we should put our best foot forward in every situation.”
What Teachers and Staff Think of Kathie:
"Kathie shows her BulldogSTRONG spirit by always giving her best effort with a positive attitude, even with consistently taking on new responsibilities, challenges, and outside commitments throughout the year. As Editor-in-Chief for this year's yearbook she took the leadership role on with tenacity showing her dedication to the class and her school. In class, she always showed her spirit for GV by getting students involved and making sure to capture those best moments on campus with her photography throughout the year. She serviced her school community with her long hours dedicated to making this year's yearbook the best - even while at home during school closure. Throughout this year, I've seen her growth as a student by taking chances, learning from her peers, and always striving for the best whether in her school work or in her leadership roles on campus.” Madison Bealessio, Yearbook Advisor and English Teacher, Golden Valley High School
“Kathie is a quiet but very determined, responsible, and resilient young lady that is not afraid to work hard and do her best. I know that her determination will lead her to reach her goals.” Yaneli Bravo-Ceja, Spanish Teacher, Golden Valley High School
"Kathie is a sweet and cheerful young scholar that brightens up the classroom with her positive #BulldogStrong energy. She is one of the most diligent and hard-working students I have as well. I am so glad to have her in my class and right now I really miss her big dimply smile and bright shining eyes as she pops into the room with a ‘Good morning Mr. Lollar!’" David Lollar, English Teacher, Golden Valley High School
“Kathie is a very sweet and hardworking young woman. She is #BulldogSTRONG in my AP Government and Honors Economics class because she always gives 100% and she pushes through failure. It is always evident in Kathie’s work and writing that she puts her maximum effort into it. She is very analytical and thorough and often sees things in a way that I never would have considered. She is also always quick to ask questions or ask for help when she needs it and is never shy about having to redo assignments or tests to enhance her learning and ability to grow.” Trisha Brown, Social Studies Teacher and Head Swim Coach, Golden Valley High School
“Kathie is a nice humble young lady. In my Anatomy class she got along well with everyone and worked very hard. It was a great pleasure having her in my class and I know someday she will make an excellent addition to the medical field.” George San Miguel, Anatomy and Biology Teacher, Golden Valley High School