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Golden Valley High School students graduate

Grizzlies reflect, ready for future

Posted: May 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley High School graduating senior Hanin Ashoury, left, takes a photo of her Honor Scholar friends after receiving their diplomas during their graduation ceremony at College of the Canyons in Valencia on Monday.

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The Golden Valley High School graduation was a fond look back at how the past four years had shaped this year’s senior class and an optimistic celebration of what lies beyond the Canyon Country campus for the class of 2011.

An estimated 428 students moved their tassels from right to left on Monday after being awarded their degrees at College of the Canyons’ Cougar Stadium.

Senior class speaker Dakota Nunley implored his fellow graduates to pursue what would fulfill them and prepare for unexpected challenges as they continued to learn outside of Golden Valley High School’s walls. 

In his speech, Nunley reflected on his experience moving from Ohio to Southern California before he started the eighth grade.

High school, like life, is difficult to anticipate, he said.

“I imagined by the end of high school I’d be able to surf, have a friend that’s a movie star and most of all, be tan,” Nunley said as the crowd laughed. “Things don’t go as planned, I quickly found out.”

English teacher Robert Evans echoed Nunley’s theme of being prepared for the unexpected twists and turns of life by drawing from one of Shakespeare’s most oft-repeated lines: “The readiness is all.”

“I get the feeling that all of you are ready,” Evans told the crowd. How can you be sure you will be ready? You’ve done it before.”

Prior to the graduation ceremony beginning, some moms and dads in the crowd waved frantically to try and get their child’s attention. Some friends and family carried roses with them; others carried brightly colored signs with their graduates’ names on them as they hollered and cheered.

Ulysses Dredd was anchoring a digital video camera that was attached to a tripod while his eldest daughter, Lauren, made her way to her seat.

Dredd said he wanted to make sure he captured everything — Lauren is his first child to graduate from high school.

“I’ve got knots in my stomach like the day she was born,” Dredd said. “Graduation is one of those experiences. It goes by so fast.”

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