Delta Charter High grads look back, then ahead
by Glenn Moore
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Delta Charter send off seniors
Brandon Jefferson shows off his diploma to friends and family members during the commencement ceremony Saturday, June 1, at Teranishi Events Center.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Members of the Delta Charter High School Class of 2013 bid their instructors an emotional goodbye Saturday, June 1.

Dave Thoming, superintendent of the New Jerusalem Elementary School District, tearfully welcomed the class and parents, saying “this is my favorite day” and calling graduation the conclusion of all their efforts.

The graduation ceremony was the first held indoors at the new Teranishi Events Center, 31400 S. Koster Road, and was streamed live on the Internet.

Family and friends filled the space as the 155 seniors filed in for their commencement.

Bailey Savage, co-valedictorian of the class with a 3.7 GPA, addressed his fellow graduates, reflecting on their time at Delta Charter High.

He said the last days of the school year were spent looking back with teachers and friends.

“That is what high school is all about — learning and making the best memories we can,” he said. “We have spent the last four years in high school. There have been good times and bad.”

Co-valedictorian Norah Nyangau, who had a GPA of 3.8, fought back tears as she thanked the teachers and families gathered at the graduation. She urged her classmates to see the good in their lives.

“Do you remember your first day of school in kindergarten or first grade? We were scared, but we trusted enough to walk into that new world,” Nyangau said. “That courage ignited a spark that has been burning in us to this day.”

After the ceremony, Trenton Andersen hugged fellow graduates and celebrated the end of high school with mixed feelings.

“I’m totally excited about graduating, but it’s kind of bittersweet,” Andersen said. “I want to graduate, I want to leave, but I don’t want to leave the school, and I don’t want to leave the teachers.”

Andersen, who will begin classes at Modesto Junior College in the fall, said he will miss “how the teachers make you feel like you are best friends.”

Standing in the school quad after the ceremony, graduate Kevin Leonard was letting the feeling sink in.

“It’s pretty crazy — it feels surreal,” he said. “Got to learn to grow up and live on my own.”

Leonard is headed to Sacramento City College for two years and hopes to transfer to California State University, Sacramento, to pursue a degree in physical therapy.

Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman spoke, and John Borba, a professor at California State University, Stanislaus, delivered the keynote address.

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Delta Charter High School Class of 2013

Aguilar, Rafael Christian Jr.

Allen, Cortney Kensington

Alvarez, Alexis

Andersen, Trenton Donald

Anderson, Parrish Deion

Baggetta, Alexandria Rose

Barber, Kayla Renee

Barrett, Miles Alexander (TAAA Wayne Nelson Scholar Program)

Bass, Essence Alexandria

Bates, Haley Alexandria

Beniwal, Jaikrit Singh

Biehl, Jeremy Francis

Booth, Raziya Ayan

Britt, Darrel Ray III

Brown, Deja Isabella

Brudzinski, Michael Lane

Cain, Tamela Theasia

Caron, Thomas James

Carr, Regina Rae

Carter, Cassandra Elaine

Carter, Jordan James

Carver, Kayla Cheyene

Cavalieri, Alexandre Sloane

Chesney, Douglas Turrell

Clemens, Mallory Paige

Clemens, Michael Allen

Corbin, Dior Sinclaire

Correia, Adam Joseph

Costa, Robert William

Daugherty, Tyler Glen

Davis, T’Zhae Ele’Assia Che’Vahni

Diaz, Vivian Astrid

Dundee, Mickey Ray

Dyers, Karlten Lamont

Eakin, Mikaila Briane

Elwart, Justin Anthony

Encinas, Renae Anjanette Mijares

Estruth, Jannah Morgan

Faqirzada, Farhad

Fletcher, Hope Alexandria

Folkes, Phoenix Sierra

Gaikwad, Monali Jazz

Gladden, Cody Cathlen

Grainger, Katelyn Verlaine

Grant, Steven Paul

Guerrero-Green, Midia Jacelin

Guertin, Zachary Michael

Guillena, Thomas Raul

Gutierrez, Allyana Marie Jabil

Hansen, Rachel Ann

Harmon, Brendon Trevor

Heinrich, Janae Elizabeth

Henriquez, Adam Nicolas

Hernandez, Santana

Hoben, Holly Jean-Ane

Holden, Landon Jeremiah

Howerton, Haley Celeste

Hudson, Stevie Alexander II

Hunter, Jessica Frances

Ibanez, Limayri

Jackson, Holland Carpenter

James, Kayla Ann

Jefferson, Brandon Alton

Jimenez, Jacob Geovanne

Kamai, Amanda Ann Keonaona

Kekos, Jacqueline Marie

Kitchuck, Marissa Ann

Klemm, Danielle Marie

Krems, Stephanie Kiara

Lara, Alex

Laster-Odorico, Daniel Marcus

Leeman, Stevie Ray

Lenhardt, Heather Rose

Leon, Carlos Alberto

Leonard, Kevin Richard

Lockwood, Brandon Alexander

Loesch, Nicolette Anngele

Luis, Monica Lyn

Mallobox-Ramirez, Jimmy Anthony

Manalo, Mailea Bertine Patio

Metcalf-McGee, Kayla Rose

McLeod, Taylor Nicole

Mendoza, Steven Samuel

Milton, Ayodele Chinyere

Mitchell, Tyler James

Mobley, Zachary Chase

Moehring-Gomez, Jesse James

Morquecho-Camargo, Guillermo Alan

Nagi, Jamal J.

Nahorniak, Jared Anthony

Nightingale, Jacob Alexander-James

Nunez, Lorenzo Devante

Nyangau, Norah Morangi

Ortega, Paul Lawrence Jr.

Pagan, Jacelle Marie

Peebles, Joseph Kahlil

Peet, Breana Amy

Peinado, Miguel Angel II

Peraza-Reyes, Denise Jeanette

Pestano, Emmanuel Badillo

Petersen, Kayla Ann

Petz, Sutton Ryan

Prime, James Leigh

Ramirez, Clarrisah

Reilley, Jack Thomas

Riback, Jonathan Michael DeMolle

Ricaud, Victoria Lauren

Rivera, Melissa Marie

Rivera, Michael Emanuel

Roane, Arthur Joseph Gutierrez Jr.

Rocha, Alexander Jacob

Rodriguez, Fabian

Rosario, Marcelina Olivia

Ruiz, Susana Almanza

Sanchez, Michael Gino

Savage, Bailey Deane

Schlitz, Nicholas Shayne

Segura-Alcaraz, Celina Marie

Serrano-Quijada, Kaylee Melissa

Shibata, Nikko Alexander

Sierra, Rosa Danielle

Silva, Nickolas Erick Martin

Silva, Selina Isadora

Singh, Navit Adhish

Sivak, Maya Riana

Stansbury, Vanessa Diane

Stricler, Sparrow Dannielle

Summers, Marcus Anthony

Talent, Anthony

Thatcher, Haley Elizabeth

Torres, Maribel

Torres, Longino Angelo Jr.

Tovar, Marissa Jo

Trigo, Krystal Marie

Turner, Ashley Marie

Ureno, Jesus Dorado

Valdez, Arianna Renee

Valencia, Paula Michelle

Vaughn, Airick Romel

Vega, Tiffany Nicole

Velasquez, Wendell John

Venable, Stephanie Leanne

Villena, Adrienne Renae

Viruet, Enrico Harville

Williams, Marcus Anthony

Wilson, Joseph

Wingard-Henderson, Brittany Amber

Wirt, Audrey Anna

Woodall, Kristin Amber

Woolridge, Dominic Theodore Ernest

Young, Hayden Garrett

Young, Iris Rose

Zafra, Urias Escudero

Zamora, Monica Vanessa

Zarate, Sydnie Celina Alexis
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