A small but notable group of students from Shandon High School received diplomas Wednesday during a tight-knit community ceremony on the rural school’s west lawn.
Ten graduates, most of whom were together from elementary school to high school, were led by valedictorian Andrea Lopez Rivera and salutatorian Melissa Ann Wolf.
“Some are independent while others are reliant. Some are easygoing while others are structured. And some are more academic while others are more playful,” John Svinth, school counselor, said about this year’s class. “But they all have a zest for life and hopes for a bright future.”
The class of 2014 is Shandon High’s smallest group of graduates in recent memory, he added.
More than $10,000 in scholarships was awarded to the grads, most of which are college bound.
Seven grads told the school they plan to attend Cuesta College. The three others plans include attending West Hills College in Coalinga, Bakersfield College and enlisting in the U.S. Navy.
During the ceremony, a class history was read — marked by when each graduate joined or rejoined the class as it progressed from kindergarten through graduation, Svinth said.
The story is “conveyed by the particular graduates standing up at their seat,” he added.
The students also took time to give their thanks, as each student presented a set of roses to the people in the audience who made a difference in their lives.