Commencement week in Cambria means Pomp and Circumstance, tears, tissues and ear-to-ear grins as graduates don mortarboards, pick up their diplomas and celebrate their accomplishments before heading off into the rest of their lives. Leffingwell High School holds its rites at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 31; Coast Union High School at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Santa Lucia Middle School marks the completion of junior high at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31.
Parking can be problematic, so attendees are urged to carpool and arrive early to find a good space.
Leffingwell is to graduate nine students. Valedictorian Oscar Lua and Salutatorian Luis Barajas are to speak for their fellow grads Kaci Cowan, Ashilynn Cowan, Rachael Davis, Miranda Klipfel, Chelsea McHaffie, Chad Rowe and Miguel Ubaldo.
Santa Lucia is to promote 51 eighth-grade students into high school.
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Wade Lawrence, Coast high school’s new principal, said 42 grads are to receive diplomas this year. Eric Brunschwiler is valedictorian, and Ian Cocroft is salutatorian.
Lawrence said that 98 percent of Coast’s 2012 grads say they plan to enroll in a four-year college or two-year community college. Selected campuses so far include UCLA and UC Santa Cruz, with “lots of students” planning to attend Cuesta College or Allan Hancock College. For instance, Zackary Buchanan is planning to go into the Fire Academy at the latter, Lawrence said.
“One student, Daniel Van Landingham of Cayucos, is going into the military,” Lawrence said, “and another (Rex Poteet) wants to take a year off to do world travel” before he buckles down to the books at college.