West Ranch High School
For Gabrielle DellaRipa, leadership is more than just an elective. A senior at West Ranch High School in Valencia, Gabby’s educational experience has been shaped by student leadership, beginning in third grade student council. She was elected onto the CASL State Board as a Southern Freshman Director and When she’s not traveling around the state of California, holed up at school, or working at Jamba Juice, you can find Gabby driving around in her Rav4 or taking a nap (never at the same time).
Mina Caraccio is a junior at Westmont High School, and is absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to connect with the California student delegation while serving as a Northern Director this year. A soccer fanatic from Barcelona, Mina spends her time watching Barca games, adoring Messi, and playing soccer herself. Mina is also passionately involved in various clubs at her school, serving as a LIFE Crew leader, DECA Vice President, and Science Club President. Mina loves to travel and go on adventures with her three siblings, and lived in Africa when she was ten. She is incredibly excited to embark on this CASL adventure, and make a ton of new friends and memories along the way.
Josh Dewhurst is a senior at Paso Robles High School on the beautiful central coast of California. He is proud to be called a Paso Robles Bearcat and is honored to be serving PRHS as the ASB President for the 2016-2017 school year. Josh started his leadership journey freshman year when he chose to join Student Council and be a part of something much bigger than himself. This will be his second year on the CASL State Board and he is continually amazed by the truly incredible student leaders he comes in contact with. Josh is here to help YOU. He can't wait to hear about your passions, your ambitions, your goals, and anything else you want to tell him. Josh realizes that he might not have the power to change the entire world, but he does believe he can change someone's world, and that, to him, is one of the greatest gifts. He can't wait to meet the best and brightest the California has to offer. If you ever need ANYTHING, feel free to email him. If you see him at a CADA/CASL event, please come up and share a bit of yourself with him. Josh will always be willing to listen.
Ivan Paredes is a senior at North Salinas High School in Salinas, California. His first year on the CASL State Board, Ivan has been involved in leadership since elementary school. He served as class Vice President for the first three years of high school and now serves as ASB Vice President. He also is heavily involved in Interact as President, serving for the 2nd year in a row (D5230!). When he is not swamped with leadership or school work, Ivan enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, and dancing. He competes on an urban hip-hop team localized in the central coast. He is overjoyed to be able to humbly serve this year and encourages you to say hi when you see him.
Jasmine is a sophomore at Irvington High School in Fremont - in the Bay Area! She found her passion for student leadership in 3rd grade, and has stuck with it, now serving as sophomore class co-president in her high school ASB class. Her passion stems from the simple fact that she loves people, and leadership has allowed her to meet, learn about, and create lasting relationships with all kinds of people! Aside from ASB, Jasmine is heavily involved with her high school’s DECA chapter, and enjoys listening to/playing music, exercising, and going on all kinds of outdoor adventures in her free time. She’s extremely excited to serve during her first year on the board, and can’t wait to meet and work with passionate delegates all across California!
Hayley is a senior at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest. She loves helping out her community as well as her school. She has been in ASB since seventh grade and has had the pleasure of serving as Freshmen co-president, Sophomore class president, and Junior class president. This year she plans to take her school to new heights as Senior class president. She has also been President of her city’s student government, The Youth Advisory Committee for the past two years. Hayley has been playing for her varsity tennis team since her Freshmen year. When she is not busy planning a community event or decorating for a dance, Hayley can be found either taking pictures or hiking in the beautiful Sierra-Nevada mountains. With her dedication and enthusiasm, Hayley is ready to make her mark while serving on the CASL state board.
Marshall is currently a sophomore at Paso Robles High School located in Central California. When he began his leadership journey in fourth grade, he instantly fell in love with it. And ever since then, he has held quite a few leadership positions and is ecstatic to be his school's ASB Treasurer this year. He is overjoyed to have the opportunity to inspire others to be the best that they can be. Marshall loves working with people and meeting new people, so if you see him around don't be afraid to say hi! He cannot wait for all the awesome things that the CASL board has in store for everyone. But, until those things happen, you can find him spending his time with family and friends, playing sports, exploring what California has to offer, or simply relaxing by watching a movie. Being Marshall's first year on the board, he is unexplainably happy for the year and excited to see everyone and their lovely smiles sometime soon!
As this year comes running in like Road Runner in Looney Tunes, it has come to Olivia’s fourth and final year in the CASL State Board Saga. Olivia is a senior attending Lincoln High School in Stockton and is excited for all of the “benefits” of being a senior. She is also thrilled to serve her second term as Band President for the marching band, paint a square of the sidewalk in senior paint the walk, and, of course, no year would be complete without annoying her best friend with her apple scented hand sanitizer. Olivia would like to thank all the amazing people that have guided her through these last four years, including, but not limited to, her family and friends, Nicole Nordstrom, Nathan Glovinsky, Melody Mendez, Alex Olavides, Jesse Magaña, Jose Dueñas, and Marvin Flores.
Northern freshman director
Maggie is a freshman at Mountain House High School in the small community of Mountain House in the Eastern Bay area. She has been active in student leadership since fourth grade when she served as Class President. She has been active in ASB and she served as ASB President during her 8th grade year. Maggie enjoys volunteering her time and recently served as a team captain for The American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She also has a knack for entertaining and caring for children and has some loyal babysitting clients that keep her busy. In her free time, Maggie is drawn to outdoor adventures such as whitewater rafting, camping, hiking and swimming. She also loves animals, especially her fussy old cat Deuce. Maggie is excited for the opportunity to serve as the Northern California Freshman Director and hopes to stay active in CASL in the future.
Caleb is a senior at Chino Hills High School and has been actively involved in ASB for the past three years. He is pumped to share his passion for leadership and help students find their purpose and why. When Caleb is not eating or sleeping, he is snowboarding, surfing or traveling. He is a three letter varsity athlete. He enjoys spending time with his family and going to the beach. This year Caleb is looking forward to sharing his story with students and connecting with them across the state of California.
Isabella is a junior at Valley Center High School and has been involved with ASB for the past four years, currently looking forward to serving as her class president. Isabella is active in Academic League and Key Club and also participates in field hockey, track and field, and soccer. Known as Bella to most, she enjoys traveling, pretending she knows how to surf, petting dogs, and dancing whenever and wherever she can. Bella is ecstatic to serve on the CASL Board and aspires to help other students expand their leadership skills and celebrate campus diversity.
Jasmine Colak is a junior at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California. She is currently Junior Class President and Vice President of her school’s top choir, Showtime, being involved in student leadership and ASB since the third grade. She is an active member of CSF, Link Crew, and Best Buddies Club, dedicated to making a change on her campus by creating a positive environment for her peers. In her spare time you can find Jasmine obsessing over her cats, breaking out into song, or losing herself in the world of Twitter. Jasmine is ecstatic to continue her leadership journey by serving as a Southern Director on the CASL State Board and can’t wait to meet and work with student leaders and change agents from all across California!
Kros is a junior at Valley Center High School in Valley Center, California. He has had the pleasure of serving as Freshman Class Vice President and Commissioner of Publicity in his ASB class, and he is currently serving as a CASL Southern Director. Kros enjoys being able to use his creativity and inventive nature to create a memorable experience for all students at his own school as well as on the CASL State Board. In his spare time, he can be found drawing on index cards, experimenting with photography, and cooking up a batch of chicken nuggets. During his term as a Southern Director, Kros wants to encourage students to lead their lives with passion and teach the power of perseverance.
Allie is a senior at Pioneer High School and currently serves as ASB President on her campus. She likes to describe herself as a the ‘Leslie Knope’ of her school. This is her first year on CASL State Board but she has been involved with leadership her whole life and hopes to make it career. She believes that through passion and perseverance anything is possible. You can find her talking to her dog Frida or any dog that may come her way. In her free time she is usually writing poems, singing a song by Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra or, if she's lucky, catching up on some sleep. She can't wait to meet the amazing leaders of California and make lifelong friends.
Oran is a senior at Murrieta Mesa High School who has been a member of his ASB class for four years. Having served in multiple leadership positions within and outside of his school, Oran is extremely excited and humbled to have the opportunity to serve on the CASL Board. As a HOBY alumni and junior staff member, Oran has developed a genuine empathy towards people. Oran has many passions including soccer, track & field, math, science, and international relations/politics, but none of them are bigger than his passion for people and leadership development. Oran is extremely excited to serve on the 2016-2017 CASL Board.
Valeria Restrepo is a senior at Santa Fe High School and is excited to for her first year on the CASL State Board. This is her fourth year being a member of her school’s ASB and is currently serving as the Assemblies Commissioner. When she isn’t busy running around the school or going to her Miss Covergirl events, you can find Valeria dancing and laughing, taking care of kids, petting every animal in sight, or simply taking a nap in literally any spot she can put her head down. At Santa Fe, Valeria has been a part of soccer, track and field, dance team, Chieftain Friends, and Principal’s Honor Court. She has a passion for helping others and hopes to use this passion along with her creativity and bubbly spirit to create lasting memories for the students at Santa Fe High School and the delegates at the conference.
Kalani is an incoming freshman at Oceanside,CA. She has attended the CASL state conference for all her 3 years in middle school. Kalani is excited to go to the conference this year no longer as a delegate but as a state board member. She is grateful and honored to have this amazing opportunity to work with some awesome people! Besides leadership, Kalani enjoys playing competitive soccer,running track and field, and jamming out to music with her headphones. On her free time you can find her singing her heart out and dancing like no one’s watching!
Ansh Trivedi is a junior at Ruben S. Ayala High School, and it is his first year serving on the CASL State Board. However, he has been part of leadership since the fourth grade, and has treasured every single moment of it. He has picked up thousands of leadership lessons, and cannot wait to share them with you at the State Conference later this year. In his free time, he enjoys running Track and Field, riding with his school's Cycling Club, arguing with his Speech and Debate team, competing with his FBLA chapter and simply exploring the world around him. If there is one thing he could leave you with, it would be to "Maximize on your opportunities - to take everything that is thrown at you, and to keep your thoughts positive when doing so." Ansh cannot wait for an amazing year ahead, and hopes to see some of you through the year at LDD's, Area Conferences or the State Conference.
santa fe high school
Chloe Cheamsreesakul is a junior at Santa Fe High School. It is her second year serving as an ASB member and first year serving on the CASL State Board. Chloe isn’t only someone who can be described as determined and ambitious, but is also dubbed to be the eighth wonder of the world. During her free time she enjoys going on trips to the happiest place on earth, correcting people on the pronunciation of her last name, and watching movies that give her a good cry. She found her passion in graphic design and is excited to create new, innovative pieces for the CASL State Board this year.
Maxwell Walshaw, a self-proclaimed visionary, is a third year Board Member and one of CASL’s current Media Directors. Maxwell is a junior at Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California, and active in civic affairs including his service on the Thousand Oaks Youth Commission. He enjoys playing field hockey for the USA U19 Mens’ National Team and training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. During rare moments of free time, Maxwell can be found listening to music you’ve probably never heard and sharing his passion for photography on Instagram and Snapchat. Also, believing he is funnier than he really is, Maxwell occasionally posts witty comments on Twitter. He looks forward to serving as co-head of the Media Committee, making lasting friendships, and organizing the best CASL Conference yet!
Nathan Xia is a junior at Westview High School in San Diego. He has been involved in leadership since third grade and ASB for five years. As well as serving as Executive Secretary in his own ASB, Nathan Xia serves as a peer counselor on the Westview Peer Counseling team and is a student scholar in the California Scholarship Federation. He plays soccer for his club team Arsenal FC. As well as soccer, Nathan enjoys dancing with a club on campus known as Boy’s Comedy where they perform in dance shows dropping it like it’s hot to Beyonce and Britney Spears songs. In his free time, Nathan enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends and family, and creating short films and videos. Nathan strives to inspire those around him with his films and this year while serving on the CASL State Board.
Affectionately known as CASL's own "Ghandi," Jose is the superstar who hauls around CASL's ginormous trailer of leadership training supplies, sets up much of the logistics at our conferences, guides the Visualizations Committee, and impresses everyone who meets him with a sense of justice and generosity. Most people who meet Jose can honestly say they've never met a kinder soul. Jose hails from Ventura, where he teaches Leadership and P.E. at Balboa Middle School and lives with the wife of his dreams.
UC San Diego GELS Program Coordinator
Susan Moerder formerly taught at Francis Parker School in San Diego for over 30 years. During her tenure at Parker she wore several hats; serving as ASB Advisor, Yearbook Advisor, Assistant Head of the Upper School, and Chair of the Upper School Science Department. She is now the Program Coordinator for UC San Diego’s Global Environmental Leadership and Sustainability program, teaching students how to take the lead in helping sustain the earth and regain what is being lost. She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching with Stanford University’s Teacher Tribute Award and Parker’s Mulliken Award For Excellence in Teaching. Susan has been a member of the CASL State Board ever since its inception in 1996. As an adult advisor to the board she oversees student board committees and is the transportation coordinator for members to attend staff meetings and the CASL State Conferences
Dylan Valdivia is currently enrolled in the University of San Diego's Political Science Program. Dylan was the a southern director on the CASL State Board, and continues to make a difference to student leaders through multiple venues.
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