Main Menu



Skip To Main Content

YHS Students Send Cancer Patient/Recent Grad To Disneyland

Larayna Tapetillo

Yosemite High’s Leadership students held a “Penny War” fundraiser to send former Yosemite High School Leadership student and recent graduate Larayna Tapetillo to Disneyland and got the entire campus involved.

Larayna is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for a rare, inoperable form of brain cancer. Larayna and her mother, who had been living in San Francisco since December while Larayna was receiving treatment, returned to Merced last month. In an effort to lift her spirits, Leadrship students began the fundraiser to send Larayna and her mom to Disneyland.

“As you can imagine, this has taken a tremendous financial and emotional toll on Larayna and her mom,” said YHS Principal Charles Jolly. “It was a shock for our staff, and it's been great to see the generosity of students for a YHS grad that many did not even know.”

The family set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who wishes to help cover travel/medical expenses.

Thank you ABC30 Action News for covering this story!


Check out the latest edition of our district newsletter!

MUHSD Matters: Check out the latest district newsletter

View recaps from school board meetings

Board Briefs: Check out the latest MUHSD board briefs

Find out what's happening on all of our campuses

School Site Calendars


Every student and faculty member has the right to feel safe at school. If bullying or harassment of any kind taking place on campus, it can be reported anonymously by using the 411 Tip Line listed below for their school. Every report is taken seriously and will be investigated.


+ tip to 847411

Buhach Colony

"Thunder" + tip to 847411

El Capitan

"Gauchos" + tip to 847411

Golden Valley

"Cougars" + tip to 847411


"Wolves" + tip to 847411

Merced High

"Bears" + tip to 847411

Sequoia, Yosemite, Merced Adult & Independence

+ tip to 847411