CALEXICO â€“ Wearing brightly decorated graduation caps, money leis, and bouncing inflatable beach balls were just some of the ways Calexico High School students showed their excitement during their graduation ceremony Wednesday evening.
It was a day of celebration for the 635 graduates who conquered their classes and made it to the final walk on the high schoolâ€™s Ward Field where they were cheered on by family and friends.
â€œWe (graduates) have gone through a lot, dealing with the natural resources and lack of infrastructure,â€ said student Arturo Medina, class valedictorian and recipient of the prestigious Bill Gates Scholarship. â€œWe went to the end of the world in 2012. We went through a devastating earthquake that took the pool away from us, but have managed to be the best we can be. Here in Calexico we have the â€˜Si Se Puedeâ€™ mentality because we do what we have to, even with limited resources, we get it done.â€
In their senior year, students of the Class of 2016 achieved many great things in sports, agriculture, and academics.
â€œBeing a Calexico student prompts students to work two or even three times as harder than any other school to meet the minimum education standards,â€ said Medina.
Graduate Maria Perez brought attendees to their feet and graduating students to tears as she performed the song â€œItâ€™s The Climbâ€ by Miley Cyrus.
â€œNow itâ€™s your turn,â€ said Perez at the end of her performance.
â€œI did it!â€ yelled one student in tears she received her diploma, while others sang the Bulldogs fight song while cheering on their classmates. â€œCome on and fight, Bulldogs, fight, come on and fight with all of your might! Weâ€™ll never lose, or fail to know the reason why. Come on and fight, Bulldogs fight, come on and fight with all your might, give a cheer from far and near, for the glory of the garnet and the white, fight, fight!â€
Ending with a bang, the graduating class of 2016 enjoyed a spectacular fireworks show symbolizing the culmination of a long, but successful road and the beginning of a bright future.[envira-gallery id=”79334″]