Four graduates received their diplomas as Leffingwell High School’s 20th graduating class celebrated the culmination of their high school careers and embarked on a new journey.
All of the graduates who took the stage at the school Wednesday afternoon plans to continue their education at Cuesta College.
“Self-discipline is important,” Superintendent Vicki Schumacher told the graduates. “Don’t be afraid of failure; be afraid of not trying.”
The graduates were valedictorian Rebecca Adams, Maria Jacobo, Eduardo Paz and Emily White.
“We must concentrate on enhancing our futures,” Adams told her fellow students in her valedictory address. “We must be tomorrow’s role models. … We can be partners in success, and we can achieve greatness together.”
A mentor introduced each of the four students and told the audience something about what made him or her special.
We must concentrate on enhancing our futures.
Rebecca Adams, Leffingwell High School valedictorian
All four will attend Cuesta. Adams plans to become a neonatal ICU nurse; Jacobo wants to become a preschool teacher or early childhood development specialist; Paz, who has excelled at photography, plans to study business and graphic design.
In a series of presentations, the students accepted a number of scholarships and awards:
▪ Adams received a $1,000 scholarship from American Legion Post 432, as well as scholarships from the American Legion Auxiliary ($500), Cambria Rotary ($250), the Odd Fellows ($250), North Coast School Employees Association ($300), the University Women of Cambria ($600) and Cambria Hardware ($250).
▪ Jacobo received $1,000 scholarships from the Cambria Lions Club and the Thaddeus Sherman Masonic Lodge 196, along with $600 from University Women, $250 from the Cambria Rotary Club, $250 from Cambria Hardware and the $100 Art Hiatt Scholarship.
▪ Paz received a plaque and medallion from the American Legion, along with a $600 scholarship from Univesity Women, $300 from the North Coast School Employees Association, $250 scholarship from the Odd Fellows and the same amount from Cambria Rotary.
▪ Walsh accepted a $500 scholarship from the Sophidion Foundation.
Leffingwell is Coast Unified School District’s continuation high school.