Dragons recall close-knit school during graduation
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Delta Charter Class of 2014
Graduate Jordan Thornton gets a big handshake and a diploma from David Thoming, New Jerusalem Elementary School District superintendent, during the Delta Charter High School graduation ceremony Saturday at the Teranishi Event Center, 31400 S. Koster Road. Michael Ellis Langley/Tracy Press
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Delta Charter High School, 31400 S. Koster Road, handed out diplomas to the 170 members of the Class of 2014 at the graduation ceremony Saturday.

David Thoming, superintendent of the New Jerusalem Elementary School District, which charters the Delta Charter schools, offered the graduates some advice — “advice that will help you stay out of trouble, enjoy life and even make a little money,” he said. “Right now, each and every one of you can think of a friend who is a positive influence in your life, and those are the people you need to have around you. Second, never pass up the opportunity to laugh.”

Thoming also advised the graduates to find careers they really enjoy, even if it takes a few tries to do so. He ended by telling the graduates that life is not fair, but they are fortunate that even if they earn minimum wage in America, they will make more money than 90 percent of the world’s population.

Class salutatorian Sierra Humison, who was one of only two students to complete her entire 13-year education on the New Jerusalem School campus, underscored the close-knit character of the school and students.

“I feel like this campus is one of my peers. Like we have grown up and matured together,” Humison said. “At first, I was glad to see some of the aspects of this campus leave, but ultimately, bigger and brighter things came to be. You have to make room in your life for the greatest of opportunities.”

Transition was also a theme in a speech by valedictorian Jessica Wickline.

“We are anxious and excited to start a new chapter of our lives,” Wickline said. “We are sad to leave behind our friends, memory and the unforgettable atmosphere that we all shared here at Delta Charter.”

• Contact Michael Ellis Langley at mlangley@tracypress.com or 830-4231.

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