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Salutatorian Spotlight: A Salute To Shane Schriock

Shane Schriock’s (24) voice is one you can probably recognize from morning announcements on every four block day. While he takes his job as ASB Communications Chair somewhat seriously, he does it well. And he is, in fact, much more than his announcements. He works hard in and out of school, brings life to the […]

Shane Schriock’s (24) voice is one you can probably recognize from morning announcements on every four block day. While he takes his job as ASB Communications Chair somewhat seriously, he does it well. And he is, in fact, much more than his announcements. He works hard in and out of school, brings life to the party at various CB events, and is involved within the CB community. This year, seniors voted on a representative to fill the spot of Salutatorian, and judging by the fact I’ve already brought him up, it is should be clear that Shane was the senior selected by the Class of 2024.

If you’re like me, you don’t know much about what the Salutatorian is and what they do. The process starts with getting the position voted on by the senior class, which has been the way it’s been done since Assistant Director of the Lasallian Student Life Office Mrs. Cecilia Powers took over as graduation coordinator. “It is a recognition both of academic achievement and support of your peers,” she explains.

It’s a tough road to be crowned Salutatorian, and much like the Valedictorian, you have to be up there academically. “I get the class list by weighted GPA, and I find a natural breaking point in that weighted GPA,” Mrs. Power shares. It gets complicated when the numbers end up going to the hundreds place, allowing for those with names later in the alphabet to not get snubbed over someone higher up.

As long as they make the cut, determining who will give a speech at graduation comes down to the seniors choosing who they think can reminisce on and highlight the best moments from these last few years.

”The job of the Salutatorian, in terms of the speech, is to generally to reflect on the class’s time together, and look forward a little bit but mostly to celebrate and reflect on their time together,” Mrs. Powers says. ”What we challenge them to do is look back on their whole class’s experience, not just personally.” It becomes a struggle to hit everyone in the crowd with a nice nostalgic look at high school, but the main advice from Mrs. Powers was to not forget the big things.

After you gain the honor of being selected, you undergo a rigorous process of crafting that perfect speech. “I usually work with — for the last couple years — with [CB Literature instructor] Mr. Dave Anderson ‘07 — he has been the primary editor. He really takes that job on for me and guides the initial speech.”

Mrs. Powers believes Shane is a worthy choice to serve as Salutatorian for the Class of 2024.

“I think Shane is a great choice. He has definitely been involved in student activities and student council.” His various endeavors and high spirits across campus enable him to speak with experience to the many students involved at CB.

His close friends also like to give Shane his flowers. “Shane is authentic. He makes a fool out of himself sometimes, but he doesn’t really care,” Jacob Sawtelle (‘24) says. “He is a person who attracts everything and everyone. He’s the life of the party.”

Parker Clymer-Engelhart (‘24) had less to say, but his words still come from a genuine place. “He’s such an awesome dude. Even though he’s a little weird and wacky, he’s still my go-to guy.”

Shane involves himself in activities inside and outside of school, starting with his band. Window Shopping, who played at the CB Earth Day Festival on April 26th.

But Shane’s involvement in school is more than just his musical talent. “I’m on Student Council. [With] my partner Finn Day (‘24), we were on Junior Class Council last year.” I do know, because we hear them every other day. Shane loves being on student council too. “Student Council is so amazing,” he raves.

He is also active in SRLT, continuing to be personable with almost anyone he comes into contact with. “Dawgs everywhere, you know, gotta keep some homies,” he says.

He’s involved outside on the field, playing soccer for CB. The fact that his role on the team wasn’t always front and center on the pitch didn’t matter to him. “I was riding the bench, lowkey, but it’s about the family.” The family aspect of the team made that time he spent watching his fellow players score worth all the while. “Playing time? Nah, I don’t care about the playing time. I’m there for that QT — that quality time.”

Shane is an academic man too. He took a hefty amount of AP clases over time at CB — like 11, he says — and he’s a member of the Scholars program. He also works at a sushi restaurant as a busboy and host as well, so his dedication and hard work extends to outside of studies. Shane is also labeled as an energetic guy at all sports events he goes to for CB, and he, again, wanted to be involved in school spirit. This time he wasn’t so lucky, as he missed out on this year’s Falcon Force squad.

“I wanted to be a part of Falcon Force so badly going into senior year. I applied and everything, but they said I couldn’t because I was doing too many things.” He didn’t take rejection too hard — in fact, he was a bit flattered by the denial. “It was kind of like a compliment, but also I was in shock because they were like ‘you’re already on ASB and SRLT and playing soccer.’”

He still appreciates this year’s Falcon Force and is always up to take the student section to the next level.

“You need someone in the crowd to cheer, and I’m that guy,” he assures.

Shane’s involvement in CB can be boiled down to one word: community. He makes community everywhere he goes, and it seems like that’s his motto for anything he plans to give a shot. “I’m everywhere. I live by that — I try to make the most of where I am. I jump on every opportunity possible.”

Based on all the success and hard work Shane has put into his high school career, it should be clear that not all of high school was smooth sailing. “Academically, I’ve made some crazy comebacks. Both finals weeks, I somehow brought up some crazy [grades].” Those comebacks have netted him a spot at UC Davis for college, where he plans to study Aerospace Engineering. This path has allowed to keep his options open, but he will do well wherever life takes him.

“I got that dawg in me — I can feel it barking in my heart,” he claims. “I feel like all my hard work has paid off in high school.”

Going to UC Davis keeps him close to home, which has him a little conflicted. “Part of me is like ‘Oh, I’m really stuck in Sacramento, I’ve already done everything here,’ but at the same time it’s kind of nice that I’m still with my family.” That connection and close proximity to his family makes the bummer of staying home worth it. “I’m happy around my family because I’m a family guy. Family is so important to me.”

Our talk was interrupted various times by many people. Anyone from juniors to seniors saw Shane and had to say hello because you can’t just pass the personable Shane Schriock without saying something. Peter Okamoto (‘24) was one of those people, and he had a very positive and life-changing compliment to give Shane.

“One time, Shane pulled me out of a burning building and saved my life.” I don’t know if I believe that, but Shane is the kind of guy that will do anything for his friends.

Being crowned Salutatorian was a shock to Shane because those rocky moments in his academic career were a bit of a worry. “I was in shambles, honestly. I was so convinced that I wasn’t gonna make the cut for Salutatorian. When I tell you academic comebacks, I mean it.” 

He was even doubtful when he heard the requirements to become Salutatorian. “When I heard it was only a top certain amount of people, I was like ‘there’s no way I’m gonna make this.’”

Despite that denial, he did indeed make it and has some mixed emotions about winning the vote. “When I saw my name on the ballot, I was so happy, I’m very humbled, I’m ecstatic, but I’m also very nervous for the speech — I will not lie.”

The vote was close, so close in fact that it came to single digit votes. The competition was tough, but Shane feels that even if it wasn’t him, the speech would be in good hands. “There were so many people, like Olivia Kim (‘24), Sydney Walsh (‘24), Adam Sunderman (‘24)…who would’ve been fit for Salutatorian. Almost anyone on the list would have given a good speech.”

Although he is excited for the opportunity, it’s got him a bit nervous for the actual speech at graduation. “It’s going to be hard representing the whole senior class, the Class of 2024, in my seven minute speech. And in words too. It’s gonna be hard.”

Being named by his fellow seniors has given him an expectation to perform, and it seems Shane intends to deliver.

“The senior class thinks I’m the guy who’s gonna give a good speech, and now I have to deliver on that.”

Shane’s effort has not gone unnoticed by staff and students. To quote Shane directly: “I’mma do my own thing.”

While it took a lot of hard work and dedication, Shane truly did his own thing throughout high school, taking a unique path that will be hard for anyone to follow. With all that I knew and learned about Shane, I fully believe in his ability to represent the Class of 2024 at graduation this year, and I’m sure Shane will put his own spin on it to truly make it memorable.

After all, he’s got that dawg in him.

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