West High graduated 453 seniors as family members and friends cheered them on from the stands, waving signs and blowing horns as they entered the stadium.
Before the ceremony, the seniors gathered in the gymnasium to watch a slideshow, take photos and share a few moments with Wolf Pack classmates. Leo Diaz said he had enjoyed his time at West High.
“It’s a bittersweet moment,” Diaz said. “Lots of memories, but we’re starting a new chapter in our lives.”
Principal Troy Brown fought back tears as he addressed the class for the last time, telling the graduates that he was proud of what they had accomplished and that he loved them.
Brown presented the senior class Pack Pride award to Jessica Rasmussen.
Barak Nehoran was the class valedictorian and Andrew Ly was salutatorian.
Brianna Duarte, senior class president, addressed her classmates as they looked forward to a future of college, military service or entering the workforce.
“West gave us the high school experience of a lifetime. Wow, to say ‘I went to West High’ has a bittersweet ring to it,” Duarte said. “The greatest adventure lies ahead. We will forever be part of the Wolf Pack family.”
Jessica Guiso, student body president, thanked the parents of the graduates and the West High faculty for their help during the past four years,
“We never gave you enough credit, but we owe you everything,” Guiso said. “You have seen us at our best and at our worst, and you always stuck with us.”
Looking forward, graduate Michelle Buell said her plan was to attend San Joaquin Delta College in the fall on the road to a career as a nurse. “It doesn’t feel real, but it’s the start of my future.”
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