Sophia Pinon – Triton of the Year

SENIOR AWARDS: Sophia with her family after being announced Triton of the Year! (Sophia Pinon)

Sophie Rapeepat | Head Editor

May 11, 2024

Congratulations to Sophia Pinon, who was announced the Triton of the Year at the 2024 Senior Awards Ceremony! This award is one of the most prestigious recognitions at SCHS and celebrates a senior that is outstanding in academics, activities, and character. Five students from the senior class of seven hundred were nominated by staff, and were then interviewed by a panel. This year’s finalists were Anna Jones, Anthony Wu, Blake McAlpin, and Sophie Rapeepat. Sophia Pinon is known for her active involvement on campus and in the community, and everyone can agree that her new title as the Triton of the Year is well-deserved.

Sophia takes great pride in her ethnicity and heritage as a first-generation Latina woman. Much of her motivation comes from personal experiences and a desire to inspire other Latino students to combat racial stereotypes. One of her proudest accomplishments is serving as the president of the Latino Student Union, and she hopes that “the presence and creation of Latino Student Union can create more inclusivity in San Clemente High School.” This is reflected in her favorite quote by James D. Wilson, “Diversity in all its forms is the path to greatness.”

SOPHIA PINON: To know her is to love her. (Sophia Pinon)

Furthermore, Sophia is a part of the AVID program, National Honors Society, Link Crew, El Mentor, and California Scholarship Federation. She started her own club, Union Sin Barreras (USB), and participates in the Be a Hero Be a Donor club. Outside of school, Sophia does beach cleanups, tutors, is a mentor in the Pathways Pro Deo Foundation, and acts as a youth helper at St. Edwards church.

Having accomplished so much, Sophia is recognized across campus with honors ranging from Achievement Awards to department plaques, to the title of valedictorian. She plans on studying Psychology and Child Development at either Cap Poly SLO, Chapman, or CSU Long Beach. “Sophia is such a kind friend,” remarked senior Rebeca Ortega. “I’m sure she will thrive wherever she goes.”

San Clemente High School is lucky to be represented by such a caring and proactive student. Sophia Pinon will be remembered for years to come on campus for her inspiring legacy of inclusivity and passion.

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