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2010 graduations: Saugus High, grateful and giving

Education: Saugus High graduates 584 students at annual commencement at Cougar Stadium

Posted: June 3, 2010 10:27 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Saugus graduate Cierra Burdick makes a face to her family and friends up on the stands during the class of 2010’s commencement ceremony on Thursday evening at College of the Canyons’ Cougar Stadium.

Saugus High’s class of 2010 entered the College of Canyons’ Cougar Stadium as Centurions on Thursday evening and departed as graduates, ready to take on an unknown world of new relationships, challenges and feats.

Picture-hungry friends and family members elicited smiles and waves from the 584 graduates donning blue, silver and white robes.

“We leave facing endless life choices, so we must take each new day with open hearts and open minds,” said Bridget Tatevossian, commencement speaker and honor scholar. “Though we wander from our safe refuge at Saugus High, we will always remember the pride we feel right now as part of the graduating class of 2010.”

Some graduates expressed hesitation to leave friendships and the support of high school behind. Others welcomed a new beginning.

“I’m definitely ready for college — for a change of pace,” said Samantha Heines, 17, who will attend COC in the fall.

Justin Peris, 18, said it is time for him to grow up.

“It’s like the beginning of my life now,” he said.

The class of 2010 was an energetic group of self-starting, intelligent and giving individuals, said Saugus Principal Bill Bolde.
Class members demonstrated their generosity by supporting fellow classmate Jonathan Borondy, diagnosed with cancer his junior year.

“This class came together to help him in his hour of need, and people surrounded him with love and compassion,” Bolde said.

But Borondy himself was also a testament to the selfless nature of the class, Bolde said.

Just a few weeks before school’s end, the 18-year-old organized a concert to benefit the Michael Hoefflin Foundation.

Borondy presented a $3,000 check to Chris and Sue Hoefflin after his peers welcomed him to the graduation stage while chanting “Jonny.”

The graduates and their supporters also held a moment of silence for U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Jake Suter, a West Ranch High School alumnus who died last week in Afghanistan.

Bolde asked the graduates to make a personal pact to take action that will help others like Suter and Borondy did.

There are two ways to approach life, Bolde said.

“You can be one whose purpose is to see how much you can get and visualize how you personally can benefit from circumstances,” he said. “Or you can recognize that the true meaning of success, and where you’ll find the greatest amount of satisfaction, comes through seeing those same circumstances; and imagine how much you can give back to help others.”



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