Manit Bains
Student: Manit Bains
Year in School: Senior

Plans After High School: Manit plans to attend the University of California, Berkeley and major in Molecular & Cell Biology. Manit has an interest in the field of biology and hopes to pursue a career that involves studying the structure and function of cells and genetics.


What Makes Manit #BulldogSTRONG: Holding the top ranking in a graduating class is a testament to a student's academic abilities and leadership skills. Manit's hard work, dedication, and academic excellence have paid off; she is ranked first in her graduating class. This accomplishment is just the beginning of what Manit can achieve; as she moves forward in her academic and professional journey, she plans to continue working hard, staying focused, and pursuing her passion for Biology. Manit's experiences at Golden Valley have helped her to grow academically and personally, as well as develop lasting friendships. These experiences have shaped her into who she is today, and her teachers have no doubt that she will achieve great things in the future. Dr. Katrina Barnum comments, "Manit will go far after high school as she already excels at setting and working towards goals." Graduating from high school is a bittersweet experience for Manit as she says goodbye to the familiar surroundings and prepares to embark on a new and exciting chapter in her life; she will remember the skills, knowledge, and memories she gained at Golden Valley. Manit participated in We the People and Interact Club. By participating in We the People, Manit gained a deeper understanding of the principles of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society. Manit comments, "We the People has shaped me into a different person because I received a better understanding of how the governmental system works and the important responsibilities I have as a citizen. This class has also sharpened my public-speaking skills. I will never forget that my unit and the We the People team as a whole won second place in the county and moved on to the State Finals." As a member of the Interact Club, Manit participated in community service projects to positively impacted her community. She gained valuable communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills while also making a difference in the lives of others. Manit's involvement in these clubs demonstrates her commitment to learning, leadership, and community service. Golden Valley teachers have been influential in Manit's life. Teachers can play a critical role in shaping students' academic and personal development, and it's clear that Mr. Hansen and Mrs. Bastain have made a significant impact on Manit. Mr. Hansen's positive and uplifting personality is an asset in the classroom, and he has been able to make learning fun and engaging for Manit through his jokes and entertaining approach. Mr. Hansen has helped Manit develop a lifelong love of learning. Manit comments, "Mr. Hansen has such a positive and uplifting personality, and he makes lessons more entertaining with his jokes." Mrs. Bastain's impact on Manit's writing and reading skills is another testament to the importance of great teachers. Mrs. Bastain's dedication to helping Manit improve her writing and develop a love for reading books is a true gift and one that will serve Manit well in many areas of her life. Manit comments, "Mrs. Bastain has greatly helped to improve my writing and built my love for reading books." Manit feels fortunate to have such wonderful teachers at Golden Valley.

What #BulldogSTRONG Means to Manit: "#BulldogSTRONG means trying your hardest and giving your best effort in everything you do. It also means helping out and being kind to everyone on campus. Being of service to the community and one’s peers is part of being #BulldogSTRONG."

Unit 2Manit represented GVHS at the We the People State Championships.


What Teachers and Staff Think of Manit:

"Manit Bains is an outstanding young woman with a bright future ahead of her, and she is the epitome of a student who every day shows Growth, Pride, and Service. In class, she demonstrates Growth by always giving 100% on all her coursework and by challenging herself to make improvements to get 100%. Furthermore, Manit takes tremendous Pride in representing Golden Valley by making positive contributions to campus programs like We the People and by making good choices. Additionally, Manit shines in the field of Serving her community through helping in Interact Club Community events and serving her Gurdwara as well. Manit is a remarkable exemplar of being #BulldogSTRONG, and being her teacher has been a sincere honor."

John Hansen, Government/Economics Teacher and We The People Coach, Golden Valley High School


"Manit demonstrates excellence and exceptional commitment to the study of the French language and culture. She is an avid learner, having spent 4 years in the French program while being outstanding, dedicated, kind, and respectful all the way through. Getting to know her has been a pleasure, and Manit deserves the best accolades for her #BulldogStrong competencies. Bravo Manit!" May Feghali, French Teacher, Golden Valley High School


"Manit is an excellent student. She is #BulldogSTRONG as she understands and models the level of commitment to achieving goals that a successful college student must have while she is a high school Senior. Manit will go far after high school as she already excels at setting and working towards goals." Dr. Katrina Barnum, AP Biology and Introduction to Physical Science Teacher, Golden Valley High School


"Manit is an incredibly hardworking student. She is dedicated to her academics and fastidious in her achievement. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants, but this determination is a quiet one. I'm so proud of her progress this year. She shows great grit, confidence, and compassion in all she does - a challenging combination. I feel honored to have taught her this year, and I can't wait to see all that she accomplishes in her future. Students like her are far and few between, and she will be missed." Madison Bealessio, English Teacher and Yearbook Adviser, Golden Valley High School