Approximately 175 North Coast students will march into the next phase of their young lives June 10 and 11, as graduation and promotion ceremonies and a recognition assembly take place in area schools.
The exact number of honorees hadn’t been confirmed by press deadline.
But according to estimates from school staffers, a larger-than-usual group of 73 fifth-graders will be heading for middle school in September, Santa Lucia Middle School has 52 eighth-graders expected to move into high school, and Coast Union High School officials are projecting that 49 high school seniors will graduate, plus one foreign exchange senior student receiving an honorary diploma and a younger international student receiving a certificate of completion.
Leffingwell High School, 2820 Santa Rosa Creek Road, leads off the two-day parade of ceremonies with a traditional outdoor ritual in front of the school at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. The school expects to graduate five students this year, according to instructor Grant Phillips. Daniel Forrest is the valedictorian, and the other four grads are Nicos Ardis, Corrina Hogaboom, Cristian Gonzalez and Saul “Tommy” Becerra.
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Santa Lucia Middle School’s promotion ceremony (2850 Schoolhouse Lane) starts at 6 p.m. that night in the school gym. Students for the opening and closing speeches hadn’t yet been selected by press deadline, according to staff.
Cambria Grammar School’s recognition assembly at 3223 Main St. begins at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room Thursday, June 11. Teachers hand out certificates and announce honor roll students.
Coast Union High School’s seniors are to march into their gymnasium at 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Road about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11 (doors open at 12:45 p.m.). The valedictorian is Sergio Ariel West, and the salutatorian is Toby Lyons.
Because parking at the high school is so limited, carpooling is enthusiastically recommended, as is arriving early.
The grads then can spend a few hours with family and friends before “all aboard!” is called for Sober Grad Night, the destination for which is, as usual, a closely held secret.
The regular grad night trip is Thursday, June 4, with seniors heading for Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, just north of the San Fernando Valley, returning to the North Coast on Friday morning.