About 60 students from Lopez Continuation High School in Arroyo Grande received diplomas and celebrated during the school’s graduation ceremony Wednesday.
Nearly all of the students said they plan to continue their education at a junior college, Principal Charlissa Boaz-Skinner said. Students collectively received more than $25,000 in scholarship money.
“It’s amazing that they’re able to go through what they’ve gone through in life and make it,” she said. “That’s the most rewarding thing for me.”
New for seniors this year was a Capstone graduation requirement, which included community service, career exploration, an eight-hour internship in a field of interest, and education on independent-living skills.
The graduates include 18-year-old Donovan Vidal, who plans to attend Allan Hancock College and eventually transfer to a four-year school to study business finance.
Vidal was named the school’s student of the year. He was credit deficient when he came to Lopez as a sophomore in January 2012 and didn’t think he’d have a shot at graduating.
“Stick with it, you’ll find your groove,” he said. “I pushed through it, and with Bernie (Dominguez, school counselor) helping me and all the people here at Lopez, it made it a possibility.”