OAKHURST – After years of striving toward the goal of graduation, 152 students in the Yosemite High School Class of 2013 reveled in their commencement Friday night, June 7. The program began at 7:30 p.m. with a processional accompanied by the YHS band and Color Guard.
Jubilant students were welcomed by Class President Kayla Davis followed by YHS Principal Edward Van Hoose in offering congratulations to the graduates.
Temperatures soared toward a hundred degrees and many in the crowd used their graduation programs as fans to ward off the heat. Yosemite School District Superintendent James Sargent addressed the graduates and families, along with Class Speaker Angelica Smith.
Principal Van Hoose presented the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Life Members, Valedictorians and International Baccalaureate (IB) Full Diploma Candidates.
Associated Student Body (ASB) President Lindsey Rubottom and ASB Vice President David Nobles shared their experience wih their peers, after which Principal Van Hoose presented Diplomas to the Class of 2013.
Valedictorian Speakers for the graduating class included Margaret Brewer and Christopher Grant. The evening was rounded out with musical performances by Seniors Stephanie Brown, Jordan Keyser, Emma Madsen and David Nobles.
Class Valedictorians also included Cayla Brosi, Christopher Kanaley, Daphne Norman, Shane Smith, Samuel Tackabery and Zachary Volmer.
CSF Life Members included Christian Cambrelen, Margaret (Molly) Casey, Kayla Davis, Chandler Haas, Twinkle Mistry, Lindsey Rubottom, Shane Smith and Dylan Taylor.
Class Valedictorians & CSF Life Members were Carson Burton, Matthew Davenport, Jordan Keyser, Robin Meister and David Nobles.
Brian Ramon Tenorio Rivera was a Full IB Diploma Candidate and Chandra Shipp was Class Valedictorian and IB Full Diploma Candidate.
Those who achieved all three accolades (CSF Life Member, Valedictorian and IB Candidate) were Margaret Brewer, Daman Gill, Christopher Grant, Kylie Johnson, Michael Leath and Emma Madsen.
When the graduation ceremony ended the happy grads threw their mortar boards (many of them festooned with names and dates) in the air and the crowd surrounded them on the field. Hugs, kisses, handshakes and congratulations were exchanged and in the words of one graduate, everyone was “super psyched!”