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Atascadero High School celebrates the ‘spunk and spirit’ of its 266 graduates

Atascadero High School's 2017 graduation

Atascadero High School celebrated a graduating class of 266 spirited and spunky seniors on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Atascadero Memorial Stadium.
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Atascadero High School celebrated a graduating class of 266 spirited and spunky seniors on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Atascadero Memorial Stadium.

Atascadero High School celebrated a graduating class of 266 spirited and spunky seniors on Wednesday at Atascadero Memorial Stadium.

Trevor Howell was honored as valedictorian, and Tegan Fleishman and Brittney McKinley were recognized as co-salutatorians.

Graduates will attend four-year universities and community colleges, join branches of the military and begin careers, according to Libby Madding, assistant principal for curriculum and instruction.

Students plan to enroll at UC Berkeley and Davis, Cuesta College, Cal Poly and other Cal State and private schools.

“The Class of 2017 has spunk and spirit,” Madding said. “There’s strong leadership in that class. ... This is a really special group of seniors graduating.”

Del Rio Continuation High School and West Mall Alternative School

Also in Atascadero, Del Rio Continuation High School and West Mall Alternative School on Wednesday graduated 60 students — 28 from West Mall and 32 from Del Rio.

For the first time, 14 West Mall students opted to walk at the Atascadero High School graduation ceremony. Although the students receive a West Mall diploma, they take some classes at Atascadero, according to Amik Jones, academic counselor for Del Rio and West Mall.

“We have a great partnership with Atascadero High School,” Jones said.

The schools don’t give out valedictorian or salutatorian honors, but Alexis Sargent spoke for West Mall’s graduating class and Joseph Paris-Ditto spoke for Del Rio.

Many Del Rio students plan to attend Cuesta College, and some West Mall students plan to attend four-year universities across the country, Jones said.

“They’re a quiet group,” she said of the Class of 2017. “Very kind. They do a lot of giving back to the community.”

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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