Laguna Hills High

Laguna Hills High

25401 Paseo de Valencia

Laguna Hills 92653

(949) 770-5447

* Enrollment: 1,800

* Established: 1978

* Hangouts: Irvine Spectrum; Taco Bell; Del Taco; McDonald's; Carl's Jr; Laguna Hills Mall food court; Noah's Bagels; Juice Stop

* Team name: Hawks

* Newspaper: Hawkeye

* Principal: Wayne Mickaelian

* Student president: Tyson Scott

* Unsung hero: Driver's education and health teacher Jay Herron, who is known for his quirky sense of humor

* Royal faculty: Nancy Pfaff and Lynn Taylor

* Winning moments: Southern Section Division VIII football champions; first place in Orange County Academic Decathlon (the school's eighth blue ribbon in the competition); recognized as a California Distinguished School and one of Redbook magazine's top 100 high schools in the nation; Nelson Lai and Steven Poling earned perfect scores on SAT exams

* Graduation: June 18, 4:30 p.m., at the district stadium in Mission Viejo


Farzad Alemi of Mission Viejo

* Achievements: Will begin college as a junior at Stanford University; earned a 4.97 weighted grade-point average in high school while attending college part time; Johnson & Johnson scholarship; Toyota scholarship; Tandy technology scholar, for which he was featured in Time magazine; National Merit scholar; Advanced Placement scholar with distinction; USA Today academic team; Red Cross club president and founder; Homework Helpline founder

* Connections: Volunteers with the California State Olympic Games; UCI Medical Center; several retirement homes

* Ambitions: Attend Stanford, major in human biology; become a neurosurgeon

* Family: Parents are Mike and Farideh Alemi; sisters Golnaz and Farnaz

* Words of wisdom: "I believe a big brain is useless without a big heart"


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