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Students of the Year

On Saturday, February 9, 2019, two Lake County students were awarded the "Bo Tipton" Student of the Year, Stars of Lake County awards. 

Female Student of the Year

Madison Naughton, Junior, Lower Lake High School

Madison Naughton is a junior at Lower Lake High School taking multiple advance placement and college preparatory classes, and is concurrently enrolled in coursework at Woodland Community College.

Madison’s ultimate goal would be to attend Stanford University to study foreign languages and based on her academic track record and work ethic, she’s well on her way to meeting that goal.

Madison is also actively involved in her community and extra-curricular activities, all while maintaining over a 4.0 GPA.

During the Mendocino Complex fires, Madison volunteered at the evacuation center location on our campus. She spent numerous hours helping with food preparation, donation organization, entertaining children, and assisting with the daily operation of the center and evacuee needs.

Madison has also been a part of the Lower Lake Community Action Committee and has documented over three hundred hours of volunteer service time.

As a sophomore, Madison was nominated for and attended the HOBY leadership conference offered each summer in Sacramento. Following the conference, Madison was invited to attend the World Leadership Congress in Washington D.C. to further develop her leadership skills with youth from around the world.

Madison draws upon her conference experiences in her positions as ASB President, Junior Class President, President of the AP Language Club, and Vice President of the Drama Club.

Madison rounds out her campus involvement by also having been a member of the Girls’ Volleyball team, during for her sophomore and junior years.

In addition to her academic abilities, leadership skills, service to her community and athletic involvement, Madison is a delightful, mature, and dedicated young lady whose positive outlook, charismatic personality and genuine care for others makes her a shining star on our campus.

Male Student of the Year

Jose Fernandez III, aka Junior Fernandez, Senior, Upper Lake High School

Jose currently has a cumulative GPA of 3.49 and is ranked 4th in his class of 87 students. Jose is very involved and busy. He spends most of his time playing sports like football and wrestling. He is also an FFA member, show cattle rancher, and volunteers for various organizations and events.

Jose is one of the top ranked wrestlers in the state of California. He is a 2-time NCS finalist and 3-time state qualifier.

Jose has recently signed his letter of intent and has accepted a wrestling scholarship to continue wrestling scholastically. Jose will be attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo next fall, majoring in Agriculture Business.  Cal Poly has a division one wrestling program. Jose has dreamed of wrestling division one at Cal Poly since he was in the 6th grade, and he has recently accomplished that goal.

Jose also plays football for Upper Lake High, playing multiple positions. Jose has been a huge asset to his football team because of his ability to be flexible and play any position needed of him

Jose is a 4-year Future Farmers of America (FFA) member. He has earned his green hand and chapter degrees. He is also eligible for his state degree. He raises animals to sell at the Lake County Fair every year. Jose started raising steers 3 years ago and really enjoyed it, so he stuck with cattle, as he now knows that is his passion. At the 2018 fair, he was in the top 12 during the final drive.

After realizing how much he enjoyed raising cattle, and finding out how hard it is to find show cattle for purchase in Lake County, Jose decided to start his own show cattle brand.

Using the money he made at the fair from his first steer, he purchased a Red Angus bull and five heifers to breed. His cattle brand is J2 Show Cattle. Currently, Jose has seven heifers, five of which are pregnant and due in January/February. His hopes with his cattle are to supply quality cattle to local FFA kids; he saw a need for something and decided to help fulfill the need locally.

When Jose has free time, he likes to coach young wrestlers and shares his knowledge and love of the sport. Jose has also volunteered over 100 hours after the local fires, helping at local churches, food banks, and the Moose Lodge.

Jose is a tremendous asset to his community, and someone other students look up to.