Top 26 Most Worthy Argonauts

High school is difficult; there are academics and grade point averages and AP exams to worry about, extracurriculars to juggle, sports to train for, and, of course, the draining responsibility that comes with just being a person. Making it through high school is hard enough. Making it through high school, excelling in high school, and providing those around you with a positive example? Not a lot of people can pull that off, and that’s why each year, the GGHS staff recognizes the seniors who best embody these characteristics. These Argos have not only survived (almost!) four years of high school; they’ve thrived. These twenty-six Argos are leaving behind a positive legacy when they graduate in June. Congratulations to the Most Worthy Argonauts of the Class of 2017!

Get to know your Top 26 through their answers to a series of questions!

Alex Nguyen

  1. To be a top ranking general. Honestly, fighting is stupid, war is stupid. But people have to go fight wars and there is no avoiding it. My goal is to prevent anyone from attacking my home, my family and friends, and the people fighting with me. I don’t like fighting, but for this, I wouldn’t mind fighting.
  2. Gryffindor. I feel like I’m brave and courageous. At the very least, if I am afraid of something, I would be more encouraged to do it to overcome my fears. I am loyal and honest to those around me. I would fit best with others like that.
  3. The sports I joined this year. I learned teamwork, hard work, grit, and to push harder. I grew up, loosened up, and relaxed more. Plus they were all a ton of fun — what I would give for another season.

Amy Ngoc Ho

  1. I have always secretly envisioned myself as an event planner — though I’m sure I wouldn’t last that long in the business, as I would blow up on a snooty client about three months into getting my first job.
  2. The Sorting Hat has officially listed me as a Gryffindor, but I personally refer to myself as a Gryffinclaw (a Gryffindor-Ravenclaw hybrid). I’m like Hermione — I belong in the House of Gryffindor but I value knowledge and wit like a Ravenclaw!
  3. VSA is my most treasured high school involvement. It pushed me out of my shell and forced me to do things that I never thought I would find myself doing, like leading a dance group. It’s made me infinitely more proud of the Vietnamese culture and I will forever be grateful.

Ashley Lindsay

  1. I would love to be an actress on Broadway and hopefully someday the president of the United States!
  2. I’m a Slytherpuff: I’m ambitious like a Slytherin but friendly like a Hufflepuff.
  3. The high school involvement that has shaped me the most is ASB! I’ve made so many friendships that will last forever and I’ve learned a ton about myself as a leader and just as a person.

Danielle Candelas

  1. My dream career is to be a museum curator and run the Natural History Museum of LA one day.
  2. Ravenclaw.
  3. Playing softball these four years has affected my character the most. I have learned to open myself up more and I’ve gained better leadership skills that will be beneficial to me in the future.

Eddie Ortega

  1. To sit in an office having people work for me.
  2. I don’t read Harry Potter, but one with windows?
  3. Running Cross Country and Track.

Emily Pearce

  1. My dream career would be a mom. I have always deeply loved children and I have always wanted to have kids of my own. I would love to be able to teach someone everything I have learned throughout my life.
  2. My Hogwarts House is Ravenclaw. I know when people hear Ravenclaw the first thing they think of is smart, but Ravenclaws are also unique and creative. I like to think outside of the box and I like to be my own person.
  3. My involvement in drama and choir has helped me become more outgoing. I love to perform and being in these classes with my amazingly talented classmates has helped me become a better performer. These classes helped me become a better public speaker and have more confidence.

Gesel Hernandez

  1. Working at the Conan O’Brien studios, film editing, or production.
  2. Ravenclaw.
  3. Joining yearbook is one of the involvements that has shaped me the most because it has helped me care about other people. I’ve learned to root for other people’s success as much as my own and to lend a helping hand when  someone from my team was struggling. I learned how to be a leader; how to guide my own team and understand that sometimes there’ll be good days and bad days. Yearbook has helped develop my passion for creativity and has given me a very clear idea of what I want to do in the future.

Ha Nguyen

  1. Professional underwater basket weaver.
  2. Hufflepuff — even though it sounds like something from the Three Little Pigs.
  3. Yearbook! After four years of Mr. Kim’s empty threats, yerds’ sassy glares, deadline stress, Photoshop freezing, and carpet baptisms with 7 leaves drink, I’m still here — that’s gotta count for something! In all seriousness though, the fact that all my yearbook teammates haven’t skinned me and dipped me in salt yet — it means a lot.

Jennifer Ailes

  1. My dream job would be as a Disney princess. I would ride around in parades and meet little girls making all their dreams come true.
  2. My Hogwarts House is Ravenclaw.
  3. My involvement in volleyball really shaped me. When I started freshman year I was the quietest most insecure girl in the world. But through my 4 years I learned to be more open and come out of my little turtle shell.

Jennifer Huynh

  1. My dream career is to be a companion animal veterinarian, so I would typically treat house pets. Growing up, I was never the type of kid that constantly wanted to change my dream job, and being a vet always stuck with me. I love being around animals and science is my favorite subject in school.
  2. I have actually never read any of the Harry Potter books or seen the movies… BUT my friend has convinced me to take a few Hogwarts House quizzes and I am a Ravenclaw, although occasionally I do get Gryffindor.
  3. Being a part of Make-A-Wish Club all fours years of high school has helped me grow so much as an individual. I entered high school very shy and terrified of interacting with new people in general. I would have never imagined myself as being president of a club, but it has helped become more confident and outgoing. Cross country and track are also a big part of my high school experience. They have taught me to push myself and to constantly strive for improvement.

Jesse Gomez

  1. My dream career is being a family therapist because I want to help families recover from issues they are suffering through. Being able to improve a person’s life has always grasped my interest. Knowing that I have the knowledge and power to help someone means everything to me.
  2. My Harry Potter house is Gryffindor because I am brave and daring, even if it means being reckless.  
  3. Yearbook has shaped the most during high school because it has taught me real life experiences, which is different from any other course. It teaches you leadership, teamwork, skills in the business world, deadlines and how to organize important events. Working with my YB peeps has overall shaped me to be a better person. Love you guys!

Kassidy Tran

  1. I’m trying not to limit myself to just these careers, because I don’t want to give myself tunnel vision for my future, but if I had to choose a dream career, it would have to be a surgeon or a writer. I’ve always been fascinated with anatomy, and really enjoy reading and writing in school and on my own.
  2. Slytherin. Ambitious, resourceful, and cunning!
  3. I found a home in both the water polo and swim teams, as they’ve inspired me to work together and push myself past my comfort zone. Six victorious undefeated league championships later, I know for certain that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without inspiration from my teammates and coach.

Kenny Ngo

  1. Anesthesiologist
  2. Ravenclaw
  3. My high school involvement that’s shaped me the most has arguably been Class! I’ve never really had to apply discipline, planning, as well as interacting as much as I had to until I joined Class.

Khoa Huynh

  1. Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to be a teacher. My dad was a teacher so I would often sit at his desk and watched him teach. I really admired him because everyone listened and respected him. I wanted something similar, but in my small evil mind I wanted my students to be scared of me and listen to my every command. That small fantasy is long gone because I am not following a teaching career but it will always be something that I will ponder upon.
  2. My Hogwarts house is Slytherin because I am very independent. I strive for what I want and make sure I reach my goal. I can be a little weird and a bit out there but I’m clever enough to get by.
  3. Even though I was in volleyball for only one year, it really had a big impact on me. Volleyball taught me teamwork, compassion, and most of all fun. Being on the team showed me what it’s like to have a second family, one that is filled with those who share my love for the game. This experience has taught me how to create bonds with people and think of more than just myself.

Kim Nakhiengchanh

  1. One of my dream careers is to become a psychiatrist, a physician who is dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. Taking AP Psychology with Mrs. Bartolotti has sparked my interest in a career relating to psychology; however, psychiatrists should not be confused with psychologists!
  2. I don’t care what others say, I’m proud to be a HUFFLEPUFF!!
  3. The high school involvement that helped shaped me the most is tennis. From tennis, I learned about leadership, friendship, teamwork and most importantly, never giving up. Throughout my 4 years of tennis, there were a lot of rough times, but with support from teammates and coaches we were able to persevere!

Kim Ngo

  1. My dream career is to be a cardiothoracic surgeon.
  2. My Hogwarts house would be the Hufflepuff house.
  3. VSA has shaped me the most because I was able to know more about my Vietnamese identity and help many other students understand the Vietnamese culture. Besides spreading awareness of the Vietnamese culture, VSA encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone to form new friendships with people I meet.

Lina Nguyen

  1. One of my dreams since I was 10 years old was to become famous. Specifically, a performer because I’ve always loved the spotlight because it feels so natural and exhilarating to me. I also love that spontaneous rush of being onstage/performing in front of people and having all eyes on me.
  2. Sorry to all the Harry Potter fans but I have not read or watched any of the books/movies!!! HOWEVER, for the sake of the question, I took an online quiz to find out which house would best fit me and apparently it’s the Gryffindor House!!
  3. Girls’ League has definitely shaped me most throughout high school. It’s strengthened my leadership skills in being more assertive, patient, understanding, and resourceful. Girls’ League grew to be a passion and dedication for me.

Maddy Spangler

  1. I want to write about mental health issues to spread awareness and reach out to kids who struggled like I did. Also, it would be really ridiculously fun to write for The Onion. Ideally, something with both a serious and a satirical side.
  2. Slytherin! A lot of people don’t believe me when I say that, but I’m a Slytherin through and through.
  3. Argolog has not only shaped me the most by pushing me far out of my comfort zone and introducing me to some of the most important people in my life, but it’s also been my reason for actually getting up and coming to school in the morning. It gave me a home here at GGHS and I love it more than anything. 

Marissa Garcia

  1. Becoming a coffee + snickerdoodle connoisseur does sound like a rather delicious job. The only profession that could possibly fill me with greater happiness would be becoming a Marine Biology professor, who researches, deciphers, and translates the language of whales.
  2. The Sorting Hat has declared me to be a Ravenclaw! I confess, I am ravenous for wit (and puns). And I thoroughly believe in the symbiotic relationship between quirk and knowledge – one simply cannot be without the other! The navy blue I proudly don.
  3. I could easily say playing cello in the Chamber Orchestra, but the involvement that has most unexpectedly shaped me would be Latin. On the first day of summer, I marched into Magistra Dinh’s room, desperate to get a spot in her Latin I class the following year – and she made it happen. Latin has introduced me to passions I never thought could exist… I now dabble in adoring adverbs, pronouns, and participles! Not only is it the language of science(!), but it is the language that Ovid loves…and thank goodness, because he authored my favourite quote: “Perfer et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim.”

Martin Lu

  1. Computer programmer/teacher.
  2. Slytherin.
  3. Swim. 

Perla Flores

  1. I just want to do something where I can change the world and be a part of the efforts to make the world a better place. Because of this, I want to be a psychologist because it will allow me to better understand others so that I can help them the best possible way.
  2. Hufflepuff.
  3. Being involved in a lot of community service has truly helped me to mature far more quickly since I have realized that you can make a lasting impact on others’ lives without knowing it. Helping those that need help doesn’t just help them, it makes you feel great about yourself because you feel like you’re finally making a difference.

Sylvie Luu

  1. My dream career is to be surgeon, specifically an ophthalmologist, because I eventually want to go back to Vietnam and perform free operations for those who cannot afford it. I was inspired by the instructors at my Taekwondo, who participated in Project Vietnam where they visited orphanages and treated numerous children.
  2. My Hogwarts house is Ravenclaw. I find that this Hogwarts house best fits me because above all else I truly value of my education and aspire to fill in any gaps in my knowledge and constantly desire to know more about anything.
  3. My most valuable high school experience is attending and performing at the CSUF Choir Festival. Not only was it exhilarating to perform amongst other advanced choirs, but the experience and knowledge we all gained from working vocally with the adjudicator on stage each year was invaluable.