Twelve Shandon High School seniors receive diplomas

Shandon High School's Class of 2015 graduated in a ceremony held Wednesday, June 10.
Shandon High School's Class of 2015 graduated in a ceremony held Wednesday, June 10.

A  small but high-spirited senior class at Shandon High School graduated Wednesday on the school’s west lawn.

The graduating class was made up of a total of 12 seniors, including one independent-study student.

“This is a very loyal group of students,” said Teresa Taylor, Shandon Unified School District’s superintendent and high school principal. “They’ve been a pleasure to work with. They’ve worked hard to donate back to the school.”

Over spring break, the seniors painted all of the lockers at the North County high school, donating their time and fundraising for the materials.

“They’re very generous and have a lot of spirit,” Taylor said. 

The valedictorian is Tony Ayon, and the salutatorian is Katie Kuhnle.

Ayon has a 3.96 GPA and is planning to major in business law at San Diego State, where his sisters also attend, according to the school.

“He’s got a vision,” school counselor John Svinth said.

Kuhnle has a 3.49 GPA and is planning to attend Cuesta College for the first semester before moving to Germany to be an au pair.

“She took a trip there during a spring break with the school, and she just loved the culture — and loves an adventure,” Svinth said.

All of the graduates will continue their education, according to the school, with 10 students planning to attend community college and one going to cosmetology school. Ayon is the only student planning to attend a four-year university straight out of high school, Svinth said. 

The majority of the class has gone to school together since kindergarten, with others joining in later years, Svinth said.

In the South County, Lopez Continuation High School graduated 65 students Wednesday, including 2015 Student of the Year Nikki Pesce. 

Principal Charlissa Skinner was the speaker at the ceremony. 

In Cambria, four graduating seniors at Leffingwell High School received their diplomas Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony in front of the school. Daniel Forrest delivered the valedictory address, while Superintendent Victoria Schumacher also spoke at the 50-minute commencement.