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March 21, 2012

Whittier High student of year is class president, top debater, actor

He's the class president, secretary of the Key Club and president of the debate team.

Academically, he has reached heights no other Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School student has achieved. With all those accomplishments, Whittier senior Dan Muise already has a packed resume. He can now add one more achievement to the list.

Muise was named Whittier's Vocational Student of the Year by school administrators and guidance counselors last week. He was selected for his leadership abilities, community involvement and expertise in his vocational major.

"At first, I was thinking 'of the year' — that can't be that huge," Muise said. "Then I realized that I am in a class of 329 students. I'm really honored and it's fantastic."

Muise is one of the more fascinating students to receive this honor because of the wide variety of extracurricular activities he participates in. In addition to being class president, he also is the host of Whittier's radio show. This weekend, Muise will be using his big voice as the lead in the school's performance of the musical "Once Upon A Mattress."

"Dan has always stuck out," said Jack Ulrich, one of Muise's teachers. "He's always amazed me with his ability to do so well in his shop work and academics and yet stay involved so many school activities, especially the play, which takes an enormous time commitment."

One would think all of Muise's extracurricular activities would take a toll on his work in the classroom. But Muise has a 4.3 grade point average, good for second in his graduating class. He also scored 2140 out of 2400 on his SATs, the highest score ever by a Whittier Regional High student.

Muise's vocational-technical major is computer aided design and drafting. He uses computer technology to design mechanical and engineering tools. With his accomplishments in that field, Muise is already certified by the American Design Drafting Association, an achievement that is rarely earned by high school students.

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