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A Centurion send-off

Principal Bill Bolde urges graduates to ‘inspire the world’

Posted: June 3, 2009 10:33 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

A security guard escorts a Valencia High school teen, wearing sneakers and red briefs, off the field to waiting sheriffs's deputies after he ran a lap around the graduates.

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Wednesday may have dawned to rain and “June gloom,” but by sundown the clouds parted and under a rich, blue sky more than 600 Saugus High School seniors became graduates on the football field at College of the Canyons.

More than 80 honor students were among the 617 students who received their diplomas.

“Inspire the world,” Principal Bill Bolde urged the crowd of young men and women. “The world right now is in dire need of some inspiration. This class right here has just what it takes to provide that.”

Among the group of students was senior Nicholas Laccabue, who finished high school early and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Saugus High made a policy change early this year, allowing Laccabue to wear his dress uniform to Wednesday’s commencement.

“My congrats to you Nick,” Bolde said.

During her speech titled “Green Fences,” honors graduate Jeriann Lynds recalled, with a bit of humor, the experiences she and her fellow seniors faced during four years at a high school in the midst of construction work.

“Let’s agree to take the good things,” she said. “Saugus has given us what we need to survive the world and any future construction situations.”

Marcia Davis, an instructional assistant at Saugus High, said she has essentially watched Lynds grow up.

“She absolutely embodies the ability of any student to reach for the stars,” Davis said. “She’s a role model.”

As the names of the graduates were read, and one by one they filed onstage to receive their diplomas, a few students attempted to start bouncing a beach ball back and forth. Those efforts were quickly quashed by security guards.

However, security guards and sheriff’s deputies were not quick enough to stop a 17-year-old Valencia High School boy from dashing onto the field  — clad only in sneakers, a mask and frilly red briefs — and running a lap around the graduates.

The youth was eventually stopped by deputies, handcuffed and led off the field to a chorus of boos.

The Valencia High senior was arrested, charged with misdemeanor disturbance and released to his parents, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Peacock.

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