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Canyon High School graduation 2011

Posted: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Allison Smith, 18, middle, dances as Brandon Wallace, 17, left, and Jonathan Aiken, 18, stand alongside her at Canyon High School’s graduation ceremony at College of the Canyons in Valencia on Tuesday.

A raucous crowd of thousands clapped and cheered throughout Canyon High School’s graduation ceremony Tuesday in celebration of the senior class’ academic achievements.

An estimated 565 students in the class of 2011 were awarded diplomas during the ceremony held at College of the Canyons' Cougar Stadium.  

Class valedictorian Kyle Brees, who proclaimed himself the biggest nerd at the school, used statistical analysis and common-sense numbers logic to argue that the class of 2011 is a cut above any of Canyon High’s graduating classes.

“We’re the class of 2011, and we’re the best class Canyon has ever seen,” Brees told the crowd. “After all, we’re No. 1. Twice.

The students dressed in green and white graduation gowns clapped and hollered.

“That should really be on a T-shirt,” Brees said.

Brees also encouraged his peers to be prepared to overcome unexpected challenges through hard work and determination, whether that meant they were going to enroll at COC or “leave the Santa Clarita bubble and explore the world.”

Some of the parents and friends who filled the stadium carried posters with students’ names on them. Cameras and digital video recorders held at arms lengths by several fathers and grandfathers dotted the crowd.

A plastic beach ball was also tossed around the crowd.

When senior members of Canyon’s choir sang the “Star Spangled Banner,” the crowd sang along. When choir members belted out “Seasons of Love,” the crowd clapped in rhythm.

Pat Lamoureaux, 66, was seated with family to celebrate the graduation of her grandson Ryan Leinbach.

The 17-year-old is planning to attend College of the Canyons to study graphic design, his parents said.

“(Ryan) is  my first grandson to graduate from high school,” Lamoureaux said smiling. “It’s a pretty amazing feeling. It’s passing so quickly. I definitely feel like a grandmother,” she laughed.

“That’s for sure.”


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