Stein sends off 128 seniors
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Stein High School senior Mikaelia Jiminez celebrates as she receives her diploma Wednesday, May 29.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Carolyn Garcia beamed with pride as she held her 9-month-old daughter after receiving her diploma at the Stein High School graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 29.

“It feels wonderful, especially since I didn’t think I would graduate,” said the 17-year-old, smiling. “And to do it with my baby, Avianna, watching. I thought, ‘I finally did it.’”

Garcia was one of 128 Stein graduates who completed their high school careers before a crowd of hundreds in the school quad at 650 W. 10th St.

Principal Cynthia Johannes said the Class of 2013 was the first at Stein to create debate, chess and book clubs, coordinating more after-school activities than any other group.

“This is a very big day,” Johannes said. “This is a very enthusiastic class. If they wanted something, they found a way to make it happen. It’s sad to see them go.”

The keynote speaker, Walter Gouveia, a trustee of Tracy Unified School District, told the students that “education is a discipline, it doesn’t just happen.”

“Use education as a resource,” he said. “You’re alive — do something. Look at tomorrow as a new opportunity for learning.”

Student speakers Dominique Valle and Andre Rodgers both told their fellow graduates to never give up.

“Let no one ever tell you (that) you can’t achieve something,” Valle said. “Life is not about acceptance of others, it’s about loving yourself. Never look back — keep looking forward.”

As the graduates were announced, onlookers cheered loudly, yelling their names.

Johannes told the graduates, “Today, you earned your wings. Commit yourself to do your best. Fly high.”

Following the ceremony, graduates were greeted with hugs and congratulations from family and friends. Many received flowers and balloons for the occasion.

As Vanessa Villalobos, 18, posed for pictures, she held a small sign that read, “Vanessa you did it.”

“It was awesome,” she said. “I didn’t think I was going to make it. It was a big struggle. I went into my junior year with 33 credits, so I had to make up more than 200. I went from a troubled kid to a good kid. Now I know I can start my future.”

Another graduate, Nadeem Latifi, 18, gave the school staff part of the credit for his success.

“It felt amazing,” he said. “It’s a big accomplishment for me. I made my family and myself proud. The hardest part was getting motivated and staying dedicated, but the school definitely helped me do that.”

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Stein High School Class of 2013

Abrescy, Jazzmine Nikole


Alamilla, Francisco Javier

Alcaraz, Jesus

Alcaraz Curiel, Daniela Guadalupe (George P. Stein Vocational, $1,000; Celia Soto-Dean STEPS, $250)

Aldrete, Uriel Enrique

Alvarez, Chantelle V. (Kiwanis of Tracy Key Club Scholarship, $600; Grizzly Award)

Alvarez, Eunice Elizabeth

Anaya, Jesus Eduardo

Avalos, Brandon

Ayala, Angel Rosemary

Bauhofer, Candice Earline

Brown, Desriel Schupel

Campuzano, Yesenia

Canseco, Alejandro

Carr, Madeline Rose

Carrasco, Farah Leah

Casillas, Angelina Maria

Castellon, Christopher Michael

Chapman Varela, Justin

Coble, Tanisha Lanae

Curry, Brandon

Daly, Timothy Justin

Davenport, Noah E.

Dominguez, Brandon Joseph

Espinoza, Jovany

Fernandez, Anel

Flores Gonzalez, Elizabeth G.

Fontecha, Jazmine Rae

Fortin, Thomas Lee

Fragoso, Aliyah Monique

Gadd, Melanie Jane

Gallegos, Steven S.

Garcia, Carolyn Antoinette (Tracy Soroptimist International STEPS, $1,000)

Gonzalez, Silvia Anahi

Grant, Steven Ray

Griffith, Justine Suzanne

Gutierrez, Danielle Nicole

Haney, Jerret Scot

Haugh, Adam James Raymond

Hawkins, Leroy IhII

Hernandez, Anna

Hernandez, Jessica

Hernandez, Missael

Hevle, Brianna James

Holtzclaw, Hanna

Huerta, Atziry

Jackson, Charles Steven Jr.

Jimenez, Marissa Elizabeth

Jimenez, Mikaelia

Johnson, Kalani

Jones, Ramell Lashawn

Juarez, Cristal Elvira Medina

Khan, Jahangir Mohammed

Kinkey, Justina

Latifi, Nadeem

Lee, Jazmen

Leon, Joshua

Leonard, Calib (Stein High Citizenship Award, $250)

Lewis, Krystal LeeAnn

Leyvas, Destiny Nadine

Lomeli, Amanda Lynn

Lomeli, Melissa

Luna, Daniel

Mamaradlo, Andrew Joshua

Martinez, Carlos Enrique

Martinez, Cristian

Martinez, Selena

Martinez, Tatiana

McCorvey, Breland C.

Medina, Christian Andrew

Mejia, Luis

Miranda, Justin S. (Grizzly Award)

Montanez, Isaias

Moore, Travis

Morelos Magana, Erica

Morgan, Timothy Ray

Munoz, Macey Joy

Munoz, Rosa Elena

Nelson, Kiaira

O’Kelley, Jess Dwayne (Grizzly Award)

Orozco Ocegueda, Jonathan

Oswald, Courtney

Phillips, LaJay

Quick, Justin Patrick

Quintanilla, Jose

Ramirez, Carlos David

Ramirez Cantor, Joel Fernando

Ramos, Jose T.

Ravazzini, Jeremy

Rios Maciel, Monica

Roberts, Destiny Lou

Robles, Allonso

Robles, Paul M.

Rodarte, Daniel Ureno

Rodgers, Andre

Rodriguez, Karina

Sampallo Mayo, Manuel

Sanchez, Kevin Sifredo

Segura, Hugo A.

Sepulveda, Jose Angel

Shannon, Zamani

Shawver, Nathan Alan

Singh, Harminder

Singleton, Aarianna L. (George P. Stein Vocational, $1,000)

Sisney, Richard James

Suarez, Saul Salvador

Taavao, Feagiai Hooulualoha

Talavera, Jose Luis (Stein High Citizenship Award, $250)

Talimalie, Molimauivavega K.

Thomas, Emmitt

Thornton, Brianna Michelle

Tongson, Ashley

Tuigamala, Kristen Simone

Ursulom Pangaliman,

Zegried Mae

Valdez, Juan Angel

Valle, Dominique Odessa

Vargas Madero, Jonathan A.

Vasquez, Heidi Xiomara

Vazquez, Daniella Marie

Victor, Jonathan

Villalobos, Stephanie B.

Villalobos, Vanessa Sarina

Washington, Zachary

Weaver, Brittany

West, Christopher Desean

Westfall, Austin Joseph

Zamora, Jorge Roberto

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