Nipomo High School sends off 245 graduates

Wearing cardinal-colored gowns and caps, 245 seniors from Nipomo High School strode into Titan Stadium on Friday evening and emerged as graduates.

The school boasts a 100 percent graduation rate for this year’s senior class.

Ninety-four percent of the graduating seniors plan to attend college in the fall, according to school administrators. Of those, about a quarter will go directly to a four-year college or university, the majority plan to attend a two-year college, and about 3 percent will attend other schools.

In addition, 3 percent of students are going directly into the workforce and 2 percent are joining the military. One percent of students are taking a “gap year.”

“It’s been a very inclusive and family-oriented school,” said 17-year-old valedictorian Kelly Barrett, who will attend Northwestern University with plans to triple-major in international relations, environmental science and performance studies.

As a freshman, Barrett set her sights on becoming class valedictorian, and said the support of the school’s teachers and administrators — particularly three counselors she worked with during her time at Nipomo High — helped her attain that goal. She graduated with a 4.4 grade point average, school records show.

The class salutatorian is Kyra Meko.

The graduation ceremony was the last one for Nipomo High Principal Michelle Johnson, who is leaving the school to work as the Lucia Mar Unified School District’s adaptive physical education specialist.

She’s worked at Nipomo High since the school opened in 2002, first as an assistant principal before being named principal in 2007.

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