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Atascadero High School celebrates students' successes at graduation

A total of 303 gray-clad Atascadero High School students celebrated their accomplishments during a graduation ceremony Wednesday at Atascadero Memorial Stadium.

According to Principal E.J. Rossi, the grads had a lot to be proud about.

On Wednesday, he singled out several student groups for praise — including the Greybots robotics team, who were finalists at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) World Championships in St. Louis, Mo., in April; the theater arts program, which will perform at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August; and the boys basketball and football teams, both Pac-7 League champions.

He also celebrated the fact that the 2014 class received more than $175,000 in local scholarships, and saluted the “incredible determination and resolve” of co-valedictorians Joseph Johnson and Hannah Livengood and salutatorian Sarah Mete.

All three graduates plan to pursue careers in medicine.

Johnson will study biomedical engineering at Brown University before obtaining his medical doctorate. Livengood plans to attend Brigham Young University as part of her studies in veterinary medicine, while Mete will attend Cal Poly and then enroll in the veterinary medicine program at UC Davis.

The ceremony included a welcome by senior class president Kaci Mott, a commencement address by graduating Greyhound Timothy Losbog and an a cappella performance of The Beatles’ song “In My Life” by nine senior choir members.

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