Sixty-nine students in Shandon, Arroyo Grande and Cambria celebrated their high school graduation in ceremonies on Wednesday.
Shandon High School celebrated the accomplishments of 15 graduates — 13 of whom have college plans — at Wednesday’s ceremony in Shandon.
Leading the Class of 2016 was valedictorian Keila Navarro, according to John Svinth, school registrar. Saluatorian was Cassandra Uzeta.
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Prior to the ceremony, English teacher John Carroll said that even though Shandon High School’s Class of 2016 is relatively small, they’ve banded together.
“This class is very tight-knit and full of fun. It took them a while, but they finally figured out that if they do the work, they will succeed,” Carroll said. “I am very proud of them for learning this.”
Lopez Continuation High School in Arroyo Grande graduated 50 students at its ceremony Wednesday. The student of the year was Maria Guadalupe Hernandez Bueno.
“They not only worked hard to complete their core requirements, but also met the high standards that our capstone project requires,” Principal Charlissa Skinner said. “Students leave with a two-to-five-year plan that better equips them for the future. We are proud of our students.”
The small Cambria continuation school’s graduation is always an emotional event for students, families, friends and teachers.
This year, Leffingwell graduated four students, and the valedictorian was Rebecca Adams.