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A day of triumph and change: Bowman High School

Bowman's students beat the difficulties

Posted: June 4, 2009 10:53 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Antonio Curiel celebrates after receiving his diploma during the Bowman graduation ceremony Thursday at Bowman High. The school graduated 237 students.

 
Bowman High School celebrated the achievements of its 237 graduates Thursday, acknowledging the obstacles that faced the students as they earned their high school diplomas.

"My hope is that the class of 2009 will have long lives - happy and productive lives," Assistant Principal Donald Sanders told the graduates.

As the William S. Hart Union High School District's only continuation school, students who attend Bowman High School are often behind on credits and are at-risk for dropping out of school.

Standing before the graduates seated in the center of Bowman High School, administrators reflected on the difficulties the graduates faced coming to Bowman High School.

In the "District Salute to the Class of 2009," Superintendent Jaime Castellanos shared his pride for the graduates.

"You made a commitment to do what you had to do and you put the effort into it," Castellanos said.

Before offering advice to the graduates, Sanders thought back to when the students first arrived.

"We believed in you the first day you started at Bowman," Sanders said, adding, "Please know that you will always have a special place in our hearts."

Graduates dressed in blue caps and gowns responded with cheers and shouts of "I love you, Mr. Sanders!"

Principal Robin Geissler was unable to attend the graduation.

The two graduation speakers echoed the struggles they faced in earning their diplomas.

In her speech, Deyanna Duncan expressed her lack of interest in school, which often led her to miss class.

She changed when she transferred to Bowman.

"I got up and did what I had to do to get to school because once I got here, I knew I was home," she said.

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