A total of 67 graduates received their diplomas on Tuesday, June 4, at an outdoor ceremony at Green Valley High School.
The evening began with the Procession of Graduation while families watched teary-eyed listening to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Student Kenneth Shattwell led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Tom Herron, a teacher at Green Valley, welcomed all in attendance and introduced the evening’s special guests before scholarships were awarded to students.
Thirteen students received scholarships including Marissa Barbosa from Beaver Medical Clinic Foundation, Liam Beets from CSEA Chapter 209, Roberta Drummond and Audrianna Leon from Kiwanis, Bryan Becerra from Mason’s High Twelve, Paul Martinez and Nelly Villalpando from Rotary International, Jonathan Ruiz, Valentin Escobar and Christian Snapp from SchoolsFirst, Ray Mullee and Jason Arellano from Tyler Davis American Hero Scholarship and Roberta Drummond from Yucaipa Valley Scholarship Foundation.
Student speaker Ashley Nicole Alvarenga gave an emotional speech, “At one point in my life, I was told by someone close to me that I was going to be a nobody. They told me that I wouldn’t be able to graduate and that I would be a failure. When venting out to both my mom and aunt about how I felt, they told me ‘well do something about it,’ so I did and here I am proving that person wrong.”
Student speaker Mariah Ann Haywood received a few laughs from the crowd, “Wow, this went by so fast just like our parents said it would. But then again, when do we ever believe them? But dang mom you were right, but don’t get used to me saying that!” She continued with, “I am going to be honest with you all, many people didn’t believe that a girl like me, a child of teenage parents would make it. And I’m sure many of you have had the same negativity in your life. So, here is what we say to all those haters – thank you for lighting the fire to my hot air balloon that will soar us to success.”
Yucaipa-Calimesa School District Board President Chuck Christie accepted the 2019 class and certificates were handed out.
Graduates included: Vincent Abarca III, Natalie Rodriguez Alcaraz, Ashley Nicole Alvarenga, Jason Atlai Arellano, Britnae Michelle Armstrong, Justin Lee Atherley Brock, Jacob William Baker, Lynn Marissa Barbosa, Bryan Isaiah Becerra, William Raymond Beets, Kaylee Ray Berry, Christopher Andrew Betcher, Joshua Craig Bonora, Makayla Leighann Borski, Natalie Marie Ordonez Bradshaw, Alexis Ceja, Edward Lee Davis, Nathanael Tobias Dove, Roberta Lauralee Drummond, Valentin Escobar, Alexander Raul Espino, Stephan Daniel Gaitan, Antonio Garcia Jr., Robert Leslie Gay, Adon Broq Gordon, Christopher Martin Hand, Karinne Daniele Hannah, Mariah Ann Haywood, Gabriella Darlene Howard, Cody Alan Jandt, Victoria Riley Kay, Isaiah Jeremiah Laguna, Audrianna Nicole Leon, Taylor Ann Leon,
Mary Lou Lombard, Ennez Kristopher Maldonado, Mohammad Hamza Mardini, Paul Andrew Martinez, Christian Allen Masters, John Gabriel Montanez, Alexander Todd Moody, Benjamin Obed Morales, Andrea Casillas Mullee, Andre Michael Neptun, Brian John Novak, Andres Ortega Delatorre, Wendy Pineda, Courtney Faith Pleger, Noah James Reed, Allan Gabriel Reyes Sydney Nicole Rice, Brianna Marie Rivera, Jonathan Ruiz, Reagan Michelle Salstrom, Julissa Ernestina Santillanes, Lance Michael Scullin, Sylas Patrick Spaulding Settle, Kenneth Christopher Shattwell, Megan Don Sheppard, Kendra Renee Smith, Christian Joseph Snapp, Haley Ann Marie Terwilleger, Zachary Lee Thompson, Steven Issac Vargas, Alexandria Evette Vasquez, Nelly Paola Villalpando and Blake Andrew Wilkinson.