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West Ranch cheers first class of grads

Posted: May 31, 2008 1:42 a.m.
Updated: August 1, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Jahruba Wilson, keeps the fun going during the first graduation ceremony from West Ranch High School's first-ever graduating class on Friday evening at the COC Cougar Stadium.

It was an historic night for West Ranch High School on Friday as the school's first batch of students donned caps and gowns and marched away from the College of the Canyons stadium with high school diplomas.

The 635-students in the Class of 2008 paved the way for a tradition of excellence, said founding principal Bob Vincent.

"The class of 2008 has excelled academically and has established a reputation of excellence as you have outscored all the other high schools in Santa Clarita by every measure put before you," he said.

Sixty of the students wore gold gowns to denote their achievements as Honors Scholars.

Vincent handed each senior a medal commemorating the first class to graduate from the school.

Class of 2008 Valedictorian Joanne Wu and Class President Jill Agonias passed down the Lamp of Learning to the Class of 2009. Senior class speakers then reminisced about their unique experiences blazing the path for the younger West Ranch students who will follow.

Senior class speaker Angelica Salazar remembered back to "a campus that was shared by seventh and eighth graders" and recalled "walking through pallets to get to portables to prevent your feet from getting wet. It makes us all grateful to look at our new desks and textbooks that we are privileged to have been given."

She referenced the school's central theme of relationships, rigor and relevance and said this year's graduating class exemplified the words.

"Through relationships, rigor and relevance, we have made our mark and became a graduating class that has made history in every aspect of the word," she said.

The second senior class speaker, Holly Hoenshell-Nelson, said the most importance part of the school's theme is the relationships the students develop with their parents and teachers.

"Many people say a school is a school is a school, but what makes the difference is the relationships," Hoenshell-Nelson said. And it is the teachers who make that difference, she said.

"The teachers make the school. Now we will make the world."


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