As family and friends filled the stands in Titan Stadium waiting for the 240 Nipomo High School seniors to fill their seats, the soon-to-be graduates’ voices filled the area.
“High school has been tough, but it’s also been an adventure,” Megan Brixey said in a prerecorded message. “I couldn’t have done it without friends and family pushing me through.”
Rachelle Williams thanked her parents “for letting me grow into my own person.”
Gregory Larson thanked his teachers and coaches “for preparing me for the journey of life.”
Another grad thanked his mom “for feeding me and doing my laundry all these years.”
During the commencement ceremony, several student speakers talked about the accomplishments of the close-knit school, from gains made by its robotics and mock trial teams to its athletic achievements.
Valedictorian Susannah Roberts said students had survived some difficult times, including budget cuts and the loss of 19 turkeys being groomed by FFA members. They were killed by dogs in April.
“Our years at Nipomo High School have not been perfect, but they’ve been perfectly memorable,” she said.
Social studies teacher Jim Johnson told students to follow their passion, challenge themselves to take risks and work hard to make things happen.
“Just having passion for something is not enough,” he said. “You will have to sacrifice and work.”
Other speakers included senior class President Dana Leyva, speaker at large Schylar Barrios and Principal Michelle Johnson, who told the seniors: “You are a unique class, gifted with boundless potential.”
Meanwhile, in Arroyo Grande, family and friends gathered to watch eight seniors graduate Friday from Coastal Christian School.
The ceremony was held in the Sanctuary of Grace Bible Church.
Cheyenne Bartlett was the school’s valedictorian, and Taylor Brooks its salutatorian.