Led by Principal Cheryl Domenichelli, the seniors marched into Don Nicholson Stadium to the sound of thunderous applause from hundreds of relatives and friends at 3200 Jaguar Run.
The student body president and mistress of ceremonies, Natalie Pearlman, set the stage when she told her classmates they were leaving high school knowing they were no longer set on a path. She said they needed to go out and “take their life by storm.”
“Now is your chance to show the whole world who you are,” she said.
Class valedictorian Lara Ibrahim talked about their hard work during high school.
“The past four years have given us so much to celebrate,” Ibrahim said. “We have all changed and grown through high school. Begin a new journey.”
The class salutatorian, Monica Duran, was also recognized during the ceremony.
Representing Tracy Unified School District, Casey Goodall, assistant superintendent for business services, urged the students to choose challenging paths before he certified the Class of 2014 as eligible to graduate.
Each student graduated after following an educational pathways: Architecture, Construction and Interior Design; Communications; and Heath Science and Education.
The graduates all expressed pride in their accomplishment.
“It’s really exciting,” Alexandra Ysabel Syyap Candalla said. “I’m proud of all my peers finishing high school, but I’m also sad. It’s the end of this chapter, but the beginning of another.”
“It’s awesome,” fellow graduate Tam Nguyen said. “The feeling is so amazing.”
Standing with classmates Isaiah Bailen and Anissa Kriz, Elijah Anderson said, “It’s an important time — our chance to go into adulthood.”
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