SCHOOL’S OUT ’86 : High Schools Name the Outstanding Students in the Class of ’86

Some fled Vietnam and arrived in Orange County with only the will to succeed. Others are home-grown, the products of the county’s own school systems. They are bound for universities from the West Coast to the East, for careers in medicine, science, the arts. But they share a single quality: They are the best and the brightest.

The following students were selected by their high schools as the outstanding members of the class of ’86:

For the record:

12:00 AM, Jun. 20, 1986 For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday June 20, 1986 Orange County Edition Metro Part 2 Page 5 Column 1 Metro Desk 1 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Saddleback High School and Valley High School both are located in Santa Ana. A listing of high school valedictorians in Saturday’s Orange County edition misstated the locations of the schools.

Deborah Gormley, 17 Anaheim High School, Anaheim; UC Santa Cruz; aeronautical engineering.

Kenneth Baker, 17 Bolsa Grande High School, Garden Grove; University of Redlands; biochemistry.


Eun Ha Kim, 19 Brea Olinda High School, Brea; UC Santa Barbara; chemistry.

Shane Dye, 19 Brea Canyon High School, Brea; Fullerton College; undecided.

Kimberly A. Netzke, 18 California Lutheran High School, Tustin; West Valley Junior College; undecided.

Todd French, 17 Canyon High School, Anaheim; Stanford University; economics.


Vanessa L. Milburn, 17 Capistrano Valley High School, Mission Viejo; UC Irvine; technical writer.

Frank Cogan, 18 Claremont High School, Garden Grove; Fullerton College; journalism and film.

Lara Salamacha, 17 Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child, Anaheim; Stanford University; pre-medicine and engineering.

Lisa Horowitz, 17 Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar; UC Berkeley; surgeon or research scientist.


Thu Ha Pham, 17 Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa; UCLA; physician.

Viola Ng, 18 Cypress High School, Cypress; California Institute of Technology; electrical engineering.

Jeffrey Hsu, 17 Dana Hills High School, Dana Point; UC Berkeley; physician.

Steven Buckingham, 18 Edison High School, Huntington Beach; UC Riverside; physician.


Craig Clarence, 18 El Toro High School, El Toro; Stanford University; engineering.

Jerry Gilbert, 17 Esperanza High School, Yorba Linda; USC; physician.

Michael R. Galant, 17 Estancia High School, Costa Mesa; UCLA; biochemistry.

Neal Mahutte, 16 Foothill High School, Santa Ana; Stanford University; engineering.


Anna P. Wu, 18 Fountain Valley High School, Fountain Valley; Stanford University; biochemistry.

John E. Hewlett, 17 Fullerton High School, Fullerton; UC Irvine; theater arts.

Kimberley Shropshall, 18 Heritage High School, Buena Park; UC Irvine; biological science.

David Risher, 18 Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach; California Institute of Technology; physics and astronomy.


Chris G. Koutures, 18 Irvine High School, Irvine; UCLA; physician.

Mary Tong, 18 Kennedy High School, La Palma; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; electrical engineering.

Jarlon Tsang, 17 La Habra High School, La Habra; UC Irvine; genetic engineering

Victor C. Joe, 18 La Quinta High School, Westminster; UCLA; physician.


Karen Toomey, 18 Laguna Hills High School, Laguna Hills; UC San Diego; undecided.

Leslie A. Shepherd, 18 Lake High School, Garden Grove; Orange Coast College; health care.

Victor Halada, 19 Laurel High School, Brea; Cypress College; computer repair and programming.

Tyler Aguinaldo, 18 Laguna Beach High School, Laguna Beach; Stanford University; business.


Margaret Lo, 17 Loara High School, Anaheim; Wellesley College; mathematics and English.

Kent B. Nordstrom, 17 Los Alamitos High School, Cerritos; California Institute of Technology; particle physics.

Robin Gurien, 18 Los Amigos High School, Fountain Valley; Cal State Fullerton; actress.

Daniel Ponce, 17 Magnolia High School, Anaheim; UC Berkeley; lawyer.


Susan Lau, 17 Marina High School, Huntington Beach; Harvard University; undecided.

Jaime A. Austin, 18 Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana; Occidental College; theater arts.

Rick Costello, 18 Mission Viejo High School, Mission Viejo; UC Berkeley; political science

Gabriel Sanfelice, 18 Montessori High School, Fountain Valley; California Institute of Technology; earth scientist.


Yolanda Cantillo, 18 Mountain View High School, Santa Ana; Cal State Fullerton; business.

Rebecca McCabe, 17 Newport Christian High School, Newport Beach; Pensacola Christian College; business.

Joseph Corbo, 18 Newport Harbor High School, Newport Beach; Stanford University; linguistics and chemistry.

Anna Bernhard, 18 Ocean View High School, Huntington Beach; UC Santa Barbara; physics.


Clarisa A. Long, 18 Pacifica High School, Garden Grove; University of Illinois; biomedical studies.

Jenny H.T. Nguyen, 19 Rancho Alamitos High School, Garden Grove; UC Irvine; computer science/mathematics.

Susanne S. Strauss, 18 Rosary High School, Fullerton; UC Santa Barbara; pre-law.

Neela Bhakta, 17 Saddleback High School, Mission Viejo; Stanford University; biomedical and aerospace engineering.


Timothy P. Kovacs, 18 St. Michael’s College Prep High School, El Toro; Cal State Fullerton; law.

Brooke Raasch, 17 San Clemente High School, San Clemente; Stanford University; political science or international relations.

Courtney L. Reed, 18 Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana; Stanford University; pediatrician.

Cuong (Roger) Vuong, 18 Santiago High School, Garden Grove; UC Irvine; computer science.


Sharon Newkirk, 18 Savanna High School, Anaheim; UCLA; broadcast journalist.

Daniel M. Zappala, 18 Servite High School, Anaheim; Stanford University; no career indicated.

Sabrina Lu, 17 Sonora High School, La Habra; UCLA; math teacher.

Chi-Yu Tien, 18 Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton; no school named; design.


Indu P. Srinivasan, 16 Troy High School, Fullerton; Stanford University; physician.

Kara Kerns, 17 Tustin High School, Tustin; Stanford University; physician (obstetrician).

Thuy Nguyen, 17 Valencia High School, Placentia; California Institute of Technology; biochemist.

Xuong Hue Luu, 18 Valley High School, Fullerton; Cal Poly Pomona; electrical engineering.


Jason Tyler, 17 Walden School, Anaheim; Air Force Academy; pilot.

Tim Spangler, 17 Western High School, Anaheim; UCLA; physician.

Emily McCracken, 18 Westminster High School, Westminster; West Point (on waiting list); foreign ambassador.

Jeffrey S. Russakow, 17 Woodbridge High School, Irvine; Princeton; mechanical engineer.