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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Wykoff, Greer named top 'Cats at Renaissance Rally

  • Wykoff has 4.34 GPA, Greer described as “fun, caring, kind-spirited, nice, extremely helpful" by students
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  • Clayton Wikoff was named scholar of the year and Tim Greer was honored as teacher of the year at the spring Renaissance rally in the football stadium Wednesday. Renaissance is a national program promoting academics.
    Wikoff has a 4.34 grade point average and is the leading candidate for valedictorian at graduation ceremonies on June 4. He said he plans to major in mathematics and engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he has a full-ride ROTC scholarship worth $60,000 a year. After college graduation, Wikoff will enter the Air Force as a second lieutenant and plans to be a fighter pilot and serve for 20 years. He also plans to earn a master’s degree while in the Air Force in hopes of becoming an engineer.
    The Air Force is an appropriate choice. One uncle served in the Air Force; another in the Coast Guard. One grandfather was in the Air Force and another in the Army.
    His honors are piling up. Wikoff was awarded the 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award by Congressman Kevin McCarthy on April 25.
    For being named the scholar of the year, WIkoff received an ipad mini.
    Greer, 30, a history teacher in his seventh year at Taft High, was nominated by students for his positive influence in their lives. One student praised him as “by far the best teacher I have ever had.” Others wrote, “fun, caring, kind-spirited, nice, extremely helpful.”
    The Bakersfield native was captain and the second-fastest runner on the cross-country team at Foothill High School. He played forward and goalie on the soccer team and he ran the 330 and 110 hurdles and the 4-by-400 meter relay in track. He was an honors student and a member of the Interact Club.
    He and his wife, Grace, have two young children.
    Renaissance students selected the teacher of the year from among nominees made by the student body. The student scholar of the year was a senior who has achieved higher than a 4.0 grade point average during his high school career by taking honors and Advanced Placement classes.
    The rally also honored 76 Top Cats in all four grades who earned higher than a 4.0 GPA. Honor roll students and other students and staff members with positive attitudes were also acknowledged with tank tops they wore to the rally.
    The event celebrated Taft’s 101st anniversary with a carnival theme.
    Activities included: a slip ’n slide, carnival booths, face painting, swimming in the pool, and laser tag in the girls’ gym.
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