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530 walk at GVHS commencement

Posted: May 30, 2012 9:34 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2012 9:34 p.m.

Lleyner Sosa, 18, gestures toward the crowd at Golden Valley High School’s commencement ceremony at College of the Canyons in Valencia.

Golden Valley High School grads roared with wild abandon Wednesday as they said goodbye to friends and four years of high school.

The friends and families of 530 graduates filled the stands at Cougar Stadium, on both sides of the College of the Canyons football field, jockeying for a chance to see their sons and daughters parade by in black or Vegas gold colored gowns and mortar boards.

Some well-wishers held helium-filled gold star balloons.

A few carried hand-made posters. Two young women, worried their signs would be confiscated, tossed them over the perimeter fence before they entered, then retrieved them.

All attendees cheered at least once as the name of each graduating student was read and the grads made their way to the podium to receive their diploma.

Graduates marching to their seats looked up into the stadium and saw a virtual garden of flower bouquets held by proud parents and relatives.

The school’s ASB President Vanessa Brist — a National Honor Society Member, Golden State Seal Merit Diploma recipient and Senior honor scholar — was presented the President’s Award by Principal Sal Frias.

Senior Drew Hammerstad told grads: “I will miss being able to see every single one of my friends every day.

“What we all have in common is that we’re all here now, ready and willing to move on,”

The school’s inspirational speaker Joshua Stimac played “devil’s advocate” by trying a bit of “reverse psychology” on the graduating class — telling grads to be lazy and to do what’s fun.  He closed on a serious note telling them not to take the devil’s advice.

Senior class valedictorian Caleb Kim told classmates “Let us persevere” while Frias said they enabled Golden Valley to stand “tall and proud.”


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