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Garcha leads Lathrop High Class of 2017

Post Date:05/18/2017 2:35 PM

LHS Navneet Garcia and Natasha Prasad 

Garcha leads Lathrop High Class of 2017

by Vince Rembulat of the Manteca Bulletin

The last time Navneet Garcha spoke in front of a large audience was her eighthgrade promotion exercises at Mossdale Elementary School.

Even back then, it was a nerve-wracking experience.

She’ll get to do it all again on Thursday, May 25, at the 7 p.m. graduation ceremony at Bennie Gatto Field at Paul Wiggins Stadium.

That’s the home of the Lathrop High Spartans. Garcha, was announced as valedictorian during last month’s Spartans GREAT assembly.

She’s the daughter of Dilbagh Singh and Manjit Garcha.

Navneet Garcha, who had a 4.38 grade point average, and salutatorian Natasha Prasad – she posted a 4.2 GPA – will lead members of the LHS Class of 2017 to the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance” as they make their way to the midfield seating area, greeted by family, friends, teachers, administrators and special guests.

Garcha, who will be attending UCLA in the fall – she applied to all of the UC schools including Berkeley and Davis – is looking to major in Biology. “I’d like to become a doctor or work in the medical field,” she said.

During her years at LHS, Garcha has been involved in the College Bound Club ( treasurer), the Women’s Empowerment Club (secretary), California Scholastic Federation (seal member), and the Interact Club.

She did cheer as a junior and was on the Spartans swim team during her freshman and sophomore year.

Off campus, Garcha was on the Lathrop Youth Advisory Commission and did volunteer work for San Joaquin General Hospital and Give Every Child A Chance.

She’s motivated, goal-oriented while keeping her priorities in order.

“Always be balanced – don’t be sidetracked,” said Garcha, who is thankful to her parents for those work ethics.

Prasad is looking forward to going to UC Berkeley. Her major will be Molecular & Cell Biology.

“My wish to become a pediatrician – that’s been my wish since kindergarten,” said Prasad, who came to Lathrop High via Joseph Widmer Elementary School.

She is the daughter of Praveen and Raj Prasad.

At LHS, she was president of the French Club, Chemistry Club and Art Club.

Prasad was involved in the Go Green recycling club and did some volunteer work as a tutor including one year with Give Every Child A Chance.

She looked at other UC schools and New York University – Prasad was accepted to NYU, her dream school, but found the cost to attend there to be too high – narrowing her choices to Cal and UC San Diego.

“I liked the rigor and tradition at Berkeley,” Prasad said. “It’s also a distance that’s not too far away from my family.”

She’ll no doubt miss leaving friends and family in Lathrop, knowing the time to move on is coming soon.

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