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Hart High grads enjoy 1 last harmony

Posted: June 1, 2012 2:21 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2012 2:21 a.m.

Hart High School graduating senior Casey Kessler looks at photos she took as she entered the stadium during the Hart High School graduation ceremony held at College of the Canyons in Valencia on Thursday.


Seniors of Hart High School’s vocal music program harmonized together for the last time Thursday, singing the national anthem for the 540 classmates in the graduating class of 2012 of Hart High School.

Marching into Cougar Stadium at the College of the Canyons, girls in red robes, boys in black, grads of Hart High took their seats on 20-yard line, waiting to get their diploma as part of the school’s 64th commencement ceremonies.

Before they walked onto the running track at Cougar Stadium to the ceremonial sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the school’s wind ensemble and concert band, led by Anthony Bailey, played a more casual number called “Groovee.”

The graduating class of 2012 was welcomed by Principal Collyn Nielsen, who gave them some good advice.

In the inspirational talks given, grads were told to: “Protect your personal integrity, keep your word, be honest to yourself and to others and when you make a mistake, admit it and move on.

“Once your integrity is ruined, it is very difficult to get it back. A bad decision, an ill-advised choice can create a perception that is not easily dispelled.”

Shannon Cholakian and Gayne Kalustian each gave commencement addresses that referenced “inside jokes” and students by name, each time to raucous applause and shouting.

Cholakian, who called school unique, educational and “sometimes fun,” told her friends: “Take a moment to relish in the present.”

Kalustian, who confessed that she sees success as a measure of happiness, said: “Always stay true to the kid you were and are in heart.”

Kathy Kniest introduced Hart’s 65 honor scholars.

And, before grads were called by name to the podium to receive their diplomas, Valarie Magallanes sang a song by Mary J. Blige called “The Living Proof.”


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