Former San Joaquin Memorial High School School student, Bryanna Rivas earned top honors at the University of San Diego, a Catholic university, for the 2018 Fall semester.
The university recognizes students who have a grade point average of 3.65 or higher.
Rivas attended Silas Bartsch K-8 as well as Centerville. She was one of 5 students who attended World Youth Day in Krakow Poland during the summer of 2016. The event is considered a spiritual gathering for Catholics around the world and it is held every two to three years in various countries.
Rivas attended the event with five other teens all from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Reedley.
“Seeing people my age with the common goal to serve God and follow Jesus strengthened my own faith,” Rivas said in 2016. “It encouraged me to share my faith with my peers. Our two-week trip was honestly the most enriching experience of my life. Every day I felt insanely happy.”
After completing her studies at San Joaquin Memorial, Rivas moved to San Diego to continue her studies at the college.
The University of San Diego is a Catholic university and has more than 8,000 students from around the world who attend.
According to a statement from the school, they are the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News and World Report list of top 100 universities in the country.