Sixty-two graduating seniors marched into the Coast Union High School gymnasium in Cambria on Thursday and then off into their future in a swirl of red robes and caps with golden tassels and trim.
Valedictorian Sergio Mendoza and salutatorian Alison Brunschwiler both plan to attend UC Davis.
Among the other 60 grads are 39 who plan to go to Cuesta College, four to Chico State, three to Cal Poly, two to Sonoma State, two to UC Santa Cruz and one to UC Santa Barbara.
“This was an exceptional class,” said counselor Cheryl Seay, “but we’re fortunate at Coast, because all our classes are exceptional.”
The 2014 class included 10 Golden Seal Merit Awards, an unusually high number, she said. Graduating seniors qualify for the award by receiving 370 points or more on six of the California STAR exams; those six must include English, math, science and U.S. history.
Community members apparently agree — by June 5, more than $90,000 worth of scholarships and grants had been donated, Seay said, with others expected.
Every student who applied for a local grant received one, she said, and other scholarships went to a diverse assortment of college-bound seniors.